“Fear is not an excuse. Hate will not win” – Beyoncé
In light of the recent police shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota, Beyoncé has taken to her website to share her outrage and sorrow.
The shootings, which were at the hands of police brutality, took the lives of both Philando Castile and Alton Sterling and have sparked national outcry.
Alton Sterling was fatally shot while selling homemade CDs outside a convenience store in Rouge Baton, the second largest city in Louisiana on Tuesday 5 July. Mobile phone footage shot by convenience store owner, Abdullah Muflahi, captured the final moments of Sterling’s life before he was wrestled to the ground and killed by two white police officers.
Video footage of the recent death of Philando Castille was also captured and went viral on Twitter. The 32-year-old was repeatedly shot in a routine traffic stop in the Falcon Heights suburban town in Minnesota.
On her website, the 20-time Grammy Award winning singer stated:
“We are sick and tired of the killings of young men and women in our communities. We don’t need sympathy. We need people 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.
“This is a human fight, no matter what your race, gender or sexual orientation. This is a fight for anyone who feels marginalised, who is struggling for freedom and human rights.
“Fear is not an excuse. Hate will not win.
“We all have the power to channel our anger and frustration into action. We must use our voices to contact 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”.