Singer Beyonce Knowles has finally spoken out against the incessant killings of blacks by white policemen in The United States of America. This came prior to the recent unlawful police shooting and killing of two black men, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile in Minnesota and Louisiana.
In 2014, a grand jury cleared Daniel Pantaleo, a white NYC police officer in the videotaped chokehold death of an unarmed black man, Eric Garner, who had been stopped on suspicion of selling untaxed cigarettes. Despite the fact that he made no attempt to run away, he was placed on chokehold which is banned under NYPD policy. He could be heard saying repeatedly “I can’t breathe”.
A second video surfaced that showed police and paramedics appearing to make no effort to revive Garner while he lay motionless on the ground. He later died at a hospital leaving a family of 6 behind.
While reacting to the chokehold death incident, President Obama said “When anybody in this country is not being treated equally under the law, that is a problem and it’s my job as President to help solve it,”
Below is Beyonce’s full message which she posted as an open letter on her website:
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.
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.
This is a human fight. 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.
Fear is not an excuse. Hate will not win.
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 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.
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