“Stop Killing Us”: Read Beyoncé's Powerful Open Letter in Response to the Killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile
In a powerful statement posted to her official website Thursday afternoon, Beyoncé addressed this week's killings of two black men, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, at the hands of the police. "We are sick and tired of the killings of young men and women in our communities," she began. "It is up to us to take a stand and demand that they 'stop killing us.'"
On Tuesday, Sterling was killed outside of a Baton Rouge, Louisiana, convenience store after being pinned down by two police officers and shot. Castile was fatally shot by a police officer on Wednesday evening during a traffic stop for a broken taillight.
Beyoncé has used her celebrity status to repeatedly speak out against police brutality and advocate for the Black Lives Matter movement. Earlier this year, she and husband Jay Z donated $1.5 million dollars to the social justice group through his company Tidal.
After this week's killings, Beyoncé joined other celebrities expressing their anger, sadness, and confusion by publishing the personal essay—titled "Freedom"—to her site and urging those who feel similarly to contact their local politicians and legislators to make sure their voices are heard. At the conclusion of her post, the singer provided information about finding and contacting your congressional representative, as well resources to directly contact Louisiana legislators to voice protest for Alton Sterling and Minnesota legislators to voice protest for Philando Castile.
"We all have the power to channel our anger and frustration into action," she said. "We must use our voices to contact the politicians and legislators in our districts and demand social and judicial changes."
"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."
Read the full letter below:
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