America’s black community has been caught in the throes of tragedies these past few days as two black men lost their lives in the space of 24 hours.
Alton Sterling and Philando Castile lost their lives at the hand of police officers earlier this week and the murders which were recorded, went viral within hours of their occurrence.
Beyonce showed her stance once more on the issues of police brutality, racism and violence against the black community. She issued an emphatic open letter on police killings of black men and women after the deaths.
She published the letter on her website Thursday, writing that;
“We are sick and tired of the killings of young men and women in our communities, 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.”
A snapshot of the full statement is pictured below;
Beyoncé has become one of the most vocal public figures with regards to these issues plaguing the black community.
Her “Formation” video — where she posed atop a sinking police car in New Orleans — and Super Bowl performance — where she donned a Black Panther-inspired outfit — led to the Miami Police Union threatening to boycott her tour opener in Florida citing her “anti-police message.”
In the visual album that accompanied her latest album Lemonade, the mothers of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Eric Garner were pictured holding framed photos of their sons, whose deaths incited the Black Lives Matter movement.
Following Beyonce’s strong sentiments on Thursday, her husband JayZ joined in the fight with a brand new single titled Spiritual. He released the track on Tidal, earlier today and the song is a spotlight on the struggles of the black man living in America.
The song comes at a rather contrasting point after 11 police offices were gunned down with 4 pronounced dead during a Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas.