Beyoncé has added her voice to the many speaking out against the recent deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, releasing a powerful statement
The celebrity response to the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile to come in, as Macklemore, Joey Badass, and now Beyonce have commented on the situations. Beyonce took to her website to release a statement commenting on how fed up many are with the deaths of black and brown people, saying “We are sick and tired of the killings of young men and women in our communities. It is up to us to take a stand and demand that they ‘stop killing us.’”on her website urging others to take a stand.
Both Alton Sterling and Philando Castile were gunned down, with both of their deaths being caught on cell phone footage. The death of Alton Sterling has launched a civil rights investigation that will be conducted by the Department of Justice.
Beyonce also spoke on the power of organization in her letter, saying “We all have the power to channel our anger and frustration into action. We must use our voices to contact the politicians and legislators in our districts and demand social and judicial changes.” From there, the singer urged the readers of her statement to contact their local congressman and congresswoman to voice their frustrations. Read the full statement below…
“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 in to protect us should consistently go unpunished,” reads Beyoncé’s statement. “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.”
“Fear is not an excuse. Hate will not win,” she adds. “We all have the power to channel our anger and frustration into action. We must use our voices to contact the politicians and legislators in our districts and demand social and judicial changes.”
She follows the statement with a call to action, urging readers to contact their local congressman or woman and providing links to voice protests to the deaths of Sterling and Castile.
It’s not the first time Beyoncé has spoken out on the issue. Her video for “Formation,” which dropped earlier this year, depicts images such as a submerged police car and the phrase “Stop shooting us” painted on a wall.