Celebrities, Politicians and Athletes All Speak Out Following This Week’s Tragedies

A very brief recap of this week –

On Wednesday, a man named Alton Sterling was selling CD’s out of a convenience store in Louisiana. There was an altercation between him and two police officers that resulted in Sterling being gunned down, shot six times and killed. There was very graphic footage of the shooting that circulated around social media. Alton Sterling had a wife and three kids all under the age of 16. 

On Thursday, A man named Philando Castile who worked as a cafeteria supervisor at a school was pulled over for a broken taillight. This traffic violation ended in police shooting Castile four times, killing him – with his fiancé and four-year-old daughter in the car. This incident was also caught on camera, and circulated through social media.

On Thursday night, five police officers were shot and killed during a peaceful protest.

These tragedies have most certainly not been ignored, and many celebrities, politicians and athletes have spoken out about these issues since Wednesday. Here is what they all have had to say:

On Thursday, rapper Drake posted this letter to Instagram.

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Also on Thursday, Beyonce shared her own open letter; you can read hers on her site here: http://www.beyonce.com. The singer also had a moment of silence for the victims at her concert, as she sang an acapella version of her song “Freedom.”

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Halle Berry shared a photo of her son, with a caption addressing her thoughts.

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Jay-Z released a song inspired by the events of police brutality. The lyrics for “Spiritual” can be found here.

Following the Dallas incident, many public figures spoke out explaining that violence is not the answer.

Our President spoke out this morning.

Carmelo Anthony challenged athletes to take a stand with a powerful Instgram post, captioned:

carmeloanthony react-text: 38 First off let me start off by saying ” All Praise Due To The Most High.” Secondly, I’m all about rallying, protesting, fighting for OUR people. Look I’ll even lead the charge, By Any Means Necessary. We have to be smart about what we are doing though. We need to steer our anger in the right direction. The system is Broken. Point blank period. It has been this way forever. Martin Luther King marched. Malcolm X rebelled. Muhammad Ali literally fought for US. Our anger should be towards the system. If the system doesn’t change we will continue to turn on the TVs and see the same thing. We have to put the pressure on the people in charge in order to get this thing we call JUSTICE right. A march doesn’t work. We tried that. I’ve tried that. A couple social media post/tweet doesn’t work. We’ve all tried that. That didn’t work. Shooting 11 cops and killing 5 WILL NOT work. While I don’t have a solution, and I’m pretty sure a lot of people don’t have a solution, we need to come together more than anything at this time. We need each other. These politicians have to step up and fight for change. I’m calling for all my fellow ATHLETES to step up and take charge. Go to your local officials, leaders, congressman, assemblymen/assemblywoman and demand change. There’s NO more sitting back and being afraid of tackling and addressing political issues anymore. Those days are long gone. We have to step up and take charge. We can’t worry about what endorsements we gonna lose or whose going to look at us crazy. I need your voices to be heard. We can demand change. We just have to be willing to. THE TIME IS NOW. IM all in. Take Charge. Take Action. DEMAND CHANGE. Peace7 /react-text 
#StayMe7o

 

Rapper Fabolous also had a lot to say via Instagram, with multiple posts – all with powerful captions.

myfabolouslife react-text: 39 With Racism HATE can’t cure HATE. And with Brutality VIOLENCE can’t cure VIOLENCE. I know it’s a lot of black people who think the answer is strike back & retaliate with GUN VIOLENCE against the Police, but IT’S NOT. It really just makes the situation worst. Becuase that fight is fixed. Don’t let people, radicals, or even celebrities tell you this is the way. VIOLENCE answered with VIOLENCE breeds what? MORE VIOLENCE. /react-text 
react-text: 41 Growing up in the hood, that’s what we were taught. Eye for an Eye. Someone kills 1 of your friends, you kill 1 of theirs. And it’s a repeat cycle of our people losing their lives & going to jail but nothing is resolved. But the difference in the vengeance with POLICE is the fight is fixed & the laws are in their favor. They will use these actions to in place stricter laws & restrictions on US. NOT US as in the United States but US as in Black Americans. The Police Brutality will continue but will be more in their favor because of a “strike back”. We as THE PEOPLE have to be careful of how we fight & strike back. I understand there are people angry, enraged with vengeance for our PRESENT state but you also have to think about the FUTURE. /react-text #StayWoke

 

myfabolouslife react-text: 39 It’s been hard for me to post anything other than what’s going on in within America right now. Police Officers are killing Black Men. They’re being protected by the system, & a uniform with a badge on it. Their motto is “Protect & Serve” but as black Americans we’ve never felt protected by the Police & now we seem to be getting exterminated by them. /react-text 
react-text: 41 So how fly I look, events I have, & other things I got going on all became secondary in effort to shed light on what’s goin on in the country and with my people. I can’t fault others for not feeling the same but this issue needs as much light shed on it as possible. And if you care, speak on it NOW!!

 

myfabolouslife react-text: 39 Dear commenters, as celebrities or people with a platform we do need stand up & be the voice of the people. Especially in matters like this… But we need to stand in the right way. We need the LAWS to CHANGE. Change laws to prevent Police Brutality against ALL PEOPLE. STOP Police Officers from being protected after they do criminal acts against the people they are suppose to be assigned to protect! And STOP the POLICE from killing people for NO REASON & being sent home on PAID LEAVE & NEVER seeing punishment. It’s the SYSTEM that needs to CHANGE!! As celebrities, musicians, actors, athletes, & citizens we need to get behind Civil Rights Activist & Politicians who want to CHANGE the LAWS!!! Not Free CONCERTS.. Not just standing outside wit signs. Not public outings just to say we was there. Because all of those things have been done in the past & we continue to have the same incidents happen. I do believe those things show our unity but we have to get behind movements to CHANGE these LAWS! If there’s no consequence behind COPS killing citizens & the judicial system protecting them how will it ever CHANGE?? A concert won’t change that, protesters with signs won’t change that, & marches with celebrities haven’t changed it either. We need PEOPLE IN POWER to address these matters. We have to DEMAND CHANGE WITHIN THE SYSTEM!!!! When America thought the country was in danger from DRUGS they CHANGED LAWS. The Rockefeller Laws, The Kingpin Statute & the RICO law all were laws instituted in the country’s worst drug times. Well now we’re in our worst times & we need LAWS to protect the PEOPLE. /react-text 
react-text: 41 Ps. Don’t just expect rappers/musicians to be a VOICE. We need our Sports Heroes to speak up too. Not all but a lot of them stay clear of political issues, but we need their voices to be heard too. They impact people as much as musicians IF NOT MORE.

 Finally, to all those wondering where the Kardashians stood on this matter, Kim K. published a post on her website titled “Black Lives Matter.” You can read her thoughts on her blog here: https://www.kimkardashianwest.com/behind-the-scenes/1155-kim-kardashian-black-lives-matter/

Bernie Sanders, Gabrielle Union, Justin Timberlake, John Legend and more expressed their thoughts via Twitter.

 

 

Snoop Dogg and The Game were among those who shared more than just words, as they lead a peaceful protest today in Los Angeles.

 

It is refreshing to see celebrities use their platforms to address these tragedies. We can hope that they use their power and influence to make a change not just through social media, but through actions as well.

 

 

#StopTheViolence #BlackLivesMatter

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