Beyoncé is speaking out in wake of this week’s police shooting’s of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. The two shootings have sparked mourning and outrage across the country.
In the message, posted on her website, the “Formation” singer encouraged fans to “take a stand and demand ‘they stop killing us.'”
The letter, entitled “Freedom,” continues with:
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 constantly go unpunished.
These robberies of lives makes us feel helpless and hopeless. But we have to believe that we are fighting for the rights of the next generation, for the next young men and women who believe in good.
This is a human fight. No matter your race, gender, or sexual orientation. This is a fight for anyone who feels marginalized, who is struggling for freedom and human rights.
This is not a plea to all police officers but toward any human being who fails to value life. The war on people of color and all minorities needs to be over.
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 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.
Beyoncé closes out the letter urging her fans to contact the politicians and legislators in their area. “Your voice will be heard,” she says. “- Beyoncé”