UPDATE: Beyoncé is doing more than just talking about the recent police-involved shootings in St. Paul and Baton Rouge. The songstress held a moment of silence in Glasgow, Scotland during her Formation World Tour yesterday (July 7) in honor of everyone who's lost their lives at the hands of law enforcement, but particularly Alton Sherling and Philando Castile. Check out her tribute below.
Beyoncé has stepped forward with an urgent message of solidarity, appropriately written in all capital letters, in the wake of yet another in cold blood killing of a Black man by a police officer.
In response to the news of the tragic deaths of Alton Sherling and Philando Castile, occurring back-to-back days, Bey has shared a call to action on her website detailing her thoughts on what the next steps need to be to properly and positively influence a real change our country is more than desperate for.
“We are sick and tired of the killings of young men and women in our communities,” the singer writes. “It is up to us to take a stand and demand that they ‘stop killing us.’”
“We don’t need sympathy,” she continues. “We’re going to stand up as a community and fight against anyone who believes that murder or any violent action by those who are sworn to protect us should consistently go unpunished.
“These robberies of lives make us feel helpless and hopeless but we have to believe that we are fighting for the rights of the next generation, for the next young men and women who believe in good,” she continued.
The singer then went on to discuss how this is a “human fight,” saying, “No matter your race, gender or sexual orientation. This is a fight for anyone who feels marginalized, who is struggling for freedom and human rights.”
“This is not a plea to all police officers but toward any human being who fails to value life. The war on people of color and all minorities needs to be over,” the singer continues. “Fear is not an excuse. Hate will not win.”
“We all have the power to channel our anger and frustration into action,” Beyonce writes. “We must use our voices to contact the politicians and legislators in our districts and demand social and judicial changes. While we pray for the families of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, we will also pray for an end to this plague of injustice in our communities.”
Beyoncé then concludes with a link to help guide those looking on where to go in order to contact local politicians and legislators.
The message ends with a promise, "Your voice will be heard.
Once again, with heavy hearts and tear-filled eyes, thank you, Beyoncé, for using your platform in the most effective way you know how and furthermore continuing to be a rock in our community during these dark times.
Read Bey’s full post here.
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