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Beyoncé pens powerful open letter in response to police violence
Get in formation, Beyhive.
Beyoncé’s website has been updated with a simple black screen on the homepage that displayed a call to action from the pop star.
“We are sick and tired of the killings of young men and women in our communities,” the statement read. “It is up to us to take a stand and demand that they ‘stop killing us.’”
Video of Sterling’s death recorded by witnesses in a nearby car show two police officers pinning the father of five to the ground outside the Triple S Food Mart in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Castile was allegedly shot Wednesday night by police officers during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, as his girlfriend captured the graphic aftermath on Facebook Live.
“Fear is not an excuse. Hate will not win,” Beyoncé wrote. “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.”
“We all have the power to channel our anger and frustration into action,” she wrote. “We must use our voices to contact the politicians and legislators in our districts and demand social and judicial changes.”
Fans showed appreciation for Beyoncé’s call to action:
For someone like Beyoncé, who knows & appreciates her own influence, to not beat about the bush is exactly what despondent people need.
— Ottilia Anna M (@MaS1banda) July 7, 2016
If this is what beyonce meant when she said get in formation BITCH I AM HERE! Yall know how the beyhive works. Phone lines prolly exploded
— Juvie Bae-less (@litebrown_juvie) July 7, 2016
I love Beyonce for using her platform to speak out for us and not only does she do that, but she’s on the frontline with us marching
— Raae. (@outsiders4lyfe) July 7, 2016
Read her full letter here.
On Thursday, while performing in Glasgow, Beyoncé likewise projected the two men’s names on-screen during the final act of her concert.
Tess Cagle is a reporter who focuses on politics, lifestyle, and streaming entertainment. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Texas Monthly, the Austin American-Statesman, Damn Joan, and Community Impact Newspaper. She’s also a portrait, events, and live music photographer in Central Texas.