Beyonce Demands: 'Stop Killing Us'
Beyonce has spoken out against the recent shootings of two black men by police officers and paused her concert in Glasgow to fill the Jumbotrons with hundreds of names of alleged police brutality victims.
On her website Thrusday, the hip-hop singer wrote:
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."
We don't need sympathy. We need everyone to respect our lives.
There were back-to-back shootings of black men by white officers this week, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. Protests have sprung up for each by Black Lives Matter and other community leaders. Videos of both incidents have circulated online and created a frenzy even before all the facts have been gathered. Beyonce joins a chorus already shouting for justice.
"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," the singer, known for her anti-cop messages and pro-Black Panther performances, continued:
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.
This is a human fight. No matter your race, gender or sexual orientation. This is a fight for anyone who is struggling for freedom and human rights.
Pictures from her recent concert in Glasgow were posted to Twitter showing hundreds of names filling the screens she said have been victims of police brutality:
Beyonce asked her fans to join her and "channel our anger and frustration into action" and contact politicians and legislators to "demand social and judicial changes."
Source: NY Daily News