Beyonce Releases Statement About Alton Sterling & Philando Castile: “Hate Will Not Win”
UPDATE: Beyonce had a minute of silence at her concert in Glasgow, Scotland for victims of police brutality. See a pic below.
Beyonce joins the growing number of artists calling for change after Alton Sterling and Philando Castile were fatally shot by police officers. The 34-year-old released a powerful statement via her website urging the black community to take action. “We are sick and tired of the killings of young men and woman in our communities,” she begins. “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 that are sworn to protect us should consistently go unpunished,” Beyonce continues. “This is not a plea towards 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.”
Beyonce’s on-stage protest:
— BEYONCÉ LEGION (@Bey_Legion) July 7, 2016
— Will (@TheAussieSide) July 7, 2016