Beyoncé has shared a powerful, incisive statement on injustice and police brutality on her official site following the murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. The separate, unrelated deaths of both men at the hands of police officers earlier this week were recorded and went viral within hours of their occurrences.
“We are sick and tired of the killings of young men and women in our communities,” the note begins against a black background. “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.”
The “Formation” singer’s letter serves as an impassioned call for communities to rally “no matter your race, gender or sexual orientation.” She also offers some words of condolences and prayer to the families of Sterling and Castile as well as all those grieving the losses of them as well as other victims of police brutality. “Fear is not an excuse,” she writes. “Hate will not win.”
The post links out to ways to contact local legislators and Congress representatives to voice protest for the Sterling and Castile murders.
Beyoncé has become one of the most vocal public figures with regards to police brutality, racism and violence against the black community. Her “Formation” video — where she posed atop a sinking police car in New Orleans — and Super Bowl performance — where she donned a Black Panther-inspired outfit — led to the Miami Police Union threatening to boycott her tour opener in Florida citing her “anti-police message.”
In the visual album that accompanied her latest album Lemonade, the mothers of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Eric Garner were pictured holding framed photos of their sons, whose deaths incited the Black Lives Matter movement.