On Wednesday night in Minnesota, a police officer shot and killed Philando Castile, a 32-year-old black man, during a traffic stop. The officer shot Castile as he reached for his wallet when prompted to show ID. His girlfriend, Lavish Reynolds, captured the shooting on camera, and the video has since been widespread on news and social media. Just a day before, 37-year-old Alton Sterling, also a black man, was shot and killed by a police officer in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, outside of a convenience store. That was also captured on video by a bystander outside the store, and has likewise been shared via news outlets and social media. Many musical artists, including Killer Mike, ?uestlove, Chance the Rapper, Blood Orange, Shamir and John Legend have shared their reactions and reflections via social media, which you can read below.
Update: Beyonce has posted a statement on her website, titled “Freedom,” written in all caps, which implores, “Stop Killing Us.” Read it below.
— T’questla (@questlove) July 7, 2016
These guys murdered this man with his 4 year old daughter in the backseat? Is there any situation where police get arrested? Or convicted?
— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) July 7, 2016
So many people work so hard to find a reason why executing a human being during a routine traffic stop is ok. IT'S NOT OK
— John Legend (@johnlegend) July 7, 2016
we get that our lives don't matter to but can you at the very least stop killing us so we can continue to create the things u appropriate
— Shamir (@ShamirBailey) July 7, 2016
lynchings were public to keep a class system based on race intact in the Jim Crow south. Public Executions by Police 2day do the same.
— Killer Mike (@KillerMike) July 7, 2016