Macklemore comments on Alton Sterling’s murder and the police brutality that made the father of two a victim earlier this week.
News recently surfaced of a 37-year-old Louisiana man named Alton Sterling, who was shot by police while being held down on the ground in a convenience store parking lot. Along with that, another man named Philando Castile was shot by a cop while in his car reaching for his license. Both killings have witnesses and a video to go along with them, but many feel that despite the evidence these killings by police will not be properly addressed. Many artists and entertainers have taken to social media to express their concern and thoughts about the brutality of Alton Sterling’s killing, including rapper Macklemore.
In a detailed Instagram post, the rapper spoke on Alton Sterling, and questioned what could possibly be done to correct the tragedy moving forward, saying “What do we do in times like these? It’s a question for everyone, but specifically white people. The systematic oppression that enables a murder like this, will be corrected once white people care enough to change it. A person isn’t born fearing someone because of the color of their skin. This fear is taught, crafted and instilled in the fabric of our American lives. And although we make strides and progress is measurable at times, I can’t help but think….If I was put in the exact same situation that Alton was in, I would be alive today…Because of the color of my skin.”
From there, the rapper gave some immediate ideas as to what people can do with their resources to help people of color who are active in the movement for peace, justice, and equality — even suggesting that conversations about race can be a adequate resource.
He insists that unless white people acknowledge the problem and take action to “hold the system accountable” and do that soon, nothing will change:
“How many more murders of black people by police before we hold our system and those that enforce it accountable? The footage of Alton Sterling being murdered by a police officer is equal parts horrific, infuriating and devastating. How many times can we watch a family at a press conference in hysterics over the killing of their loved one? Murdered by those that have been assigned to protect us.
“The systematic oppression that enables a murder like this, will be corrected once white people care enough to change it. Alton Sterling didn’t create this problem. This is hundreds of years of conditioning.
“…I can’t help but think….If I was put in the exact same situation that Alton was in, I would be alive today…Because of the color of my skin. And he’s dead because of his. I often don’t know what to do during these moments. It becomes easier to vent on social media than to take direct action.”