Beyonce has spoken out after two black men, Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, were killed by officers in Minnesota and Louisiana respectively earlier this week, insisting that the issue goes beyond race.
The singer urged fans to contact politicians to “demand” changes, sharing a link to ContactingtheCongress.org, the Louisiana State Legislature website for those wishing to “protest for Alton Sterling” and the Minnesota State Legislature website for those wanting to “voice protest for Philando Castile”.
In a statement on her website, she wrote: “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.’”
She added, “We don’t need sympathy. We need everyone 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.”