Beyoncé On Police Brutality: "Stop Killing Us"
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Beyoncé has added her voice to the national conversation around police brutality after the deaths of Anton Sterling and Philando Castile, two black men who were shot and killed by police officers just two days apart this week.

The singer posted a message on her website today under the title “Freedom” (named after the song with Kendrick Lamar on her album Lemonade), where she urges readers to enact change and take action against the tragic shootings.

“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,'” the post begins. “This is not a plea to all police officers but toward any human being who fails to value life,” Beyoncé adds, and asking her readers to vie for “social and judicial changes.”

“We all have the power to channel our anger and frustration into action. We must use our voices to contact the politicians and legislators in our districts and demand social and judicial changes,” she wrote, encouraging people to contact their local Congressman or woman and to voice protest for Anton Sterling and Philando Castile.

Read Beyoncé’s full impassioned message below:


This isn’t Beyoncé’s first time commenting on police violence. During her Super Bowl performance this year, she and her dancers paid homage to The Black Panthers with military-inspired costumes. Although her act was criticized for being “anti-police,” she responded that her intention was for “people to feel proud and have love for themselves.”

Even her “Formation” music video shows footage of police brutality and features the singer standing atop a submerged cop car. For her Lemonade visual album, she invited the mothers of Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner and Michael Brown to make an appearance, while holding photographs of their late sons.

From: Harper’s BAZAAR US