The hip-hop community continues to be vocal about their outrage over the shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. Both men were shot to death execution-style after altercations with police officers with both brutal incidents unapologetically captured on video, all within the past 48 hours. The aftermath has sparked an outcry across the nation, with many taking to social media to contribute to the important, difficult and necessary dialogue surrounding these injustices.
While some artists feel as though expressing their anger and emotions online at this point is pointless, others are not letting their voices be silenced. One question remains universal: when will this stop?
Among the celebrities speaking out, Beyoncé posted a powerful call to action urging fans to call their local representatives about police brutality, while Chris Brown dedicated a new song to those going through struggles of injustice and artists such as YG and Chance the Rapper are questioning what can be done.
See below for a collection of thoughts, emotions, suggestions and overall reactions to a culturally vital dialogue that is far from being over.
Another day, another hashtag. You didn't deserve this, brother. You didn't deserve this. #PhilandoCastile— NE-YO (@NeYoCompound) July 7, 2016
#philandocastile Arguments only prove my point. I will never stop. Justice. Side note the #AllLivesMatter hashtag is like spitting in the face of black folk. It comes off as extremely selfish and unsympathetic to a mourning person. Not because all lives don't matter. Of course they do. But it's very clear that black lives don't to many in this country. No one goes up to lung cancer patients and says "Folks with Breast cancer matter too!" #AllCancerPatients matter. That's Insensitive. True faith stands up for the oppressed and the broken. Obviously many can't see the systemic effects of racism and abused authority. Many can't see that racism has stained this country because they are privileged to not see it. Also Christians saying that " preaching the gospel is all we need" ignores how sin affects infrastructures and societal systems. They project blame on themselves when they see these kinds of posts. You assume my anger is at white people and not white supremacy. No there are many "woke" white folks out here. Allies and friends. But if you ever trusted in anything I've said, if you've used my words to stir your hope or joy, then trust that same voice now. This is an epidemic that school books or church services haven't taught you. And listen if you really really hate this post you are always free to Unfollow me. I'll still love you.
Murdered right in front of the world.— The Chosen One (@KidCudi) July 7, 2016
it's almost discouraging to post.. to feel like as much as people rile up everytime, speak out everytime, make it trend and get people aware ... somehow every single time.. it happens again. like it was never heard. like mothers aren't out there grieving over their sons and children aren't mourning over their fathers. terrifying how scared of US the SCARY ones are.. I have no words but dear police: you're fucking cowards. dear policemen with way too much status and not a lick of knowledge or sense , not a bit of compassion, I don't see you as humans, apparently it's very mutual because black lives have become about as expendable as deer on a hunting trip. I'm not going to ask when will it end because Im very afraid of the answer. I just encourage everyone to stay safe, stay aware, stay BRAVE, and hold eachother up in these unreal times. reality. #altonsterling #philandocastile #WayTooMany
U sound like a coward I'll die for my daugHter 2 be free braH https://t.co/HlCJ4HujwA— ScHoolboy Q (@ScHoolBoyQ) July 7, 2016
These guys murdered this man with his 4 year old daughter in the backseat? Is there any situation where police get arrested? Or convicted?— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) July 7, 2016
What happened in Baton Rouge is unacceptable. We really gotta do something. THE POLICE GET AWAY WITH MURDER— YG (@YG) July 7, 2016
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