Beyoncé Knowles is chilled to the bone by the recent killing of two black men by the police.
The pop diva is no stranger to the Black Lives Matter cause and, in the wake of the horrific police shootings of Philando Castile of Minnesota and Alton Sterling of Louisiana, both black men, is demanding justice for the “war on people of color.”
“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,” the “Formation” singer said in an impassioned, page-long message on her website.
“These robberies of lives makes 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.”
Queen Bey received equal parts praise and condemnation after the surprise release of her musical video “Formation” in February, which showed a small black boy standing in front of a line of armed police officers. Her Super Bowl halftime show performance also made headlines when she paid tribute to the Black Panthers, Malcolm X and Black Lives Matter.
Police supporters have branded the singer as anti-police and have staged boycotts against her. But Knowles have stated that although she admired law enforcement officers, their status should not absolve them of all accountability, especially the meaningless taking of innocent lives.
On Thursday night, the singer took the time to declare a moment of silence for the victims of police brutality while their names flashed behind her on the screen.
Knowles’ sister, Solange, has also not been quiet about the issue. She posted a message, which she reportedly received from a friend, that depicts the very real struggles of a black parent attempting to explain the consequences of police brutality to their children.
I can count 5 parents in the last 3 hours who have text me and said my child just asked me "AM I GOING TO DIE"?!? pic.twitter.com/mXwlLYfqZq— solange knowles (@solangeknowles) July 7, 2016
The TRAUMA that is being passed on to us, and OUR CHILDREN by this non stop murder of our brothers and sisters is sickening...— solange knowles (@solangeknowles) July 7, 2016
@AvanteSaidThat I have marched, I have protested, I have donated, I have built schools, I have prayed, I have written letters, we all have..— solange knowles (@solangeknowles) July 7, 2016
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