In two days, two Black men who were complying with the orders of police were killed as the world watched on.
From Baton Rouge to St. Paul and beyond, support is pouring in for the families of Louisiana native Alton Sterling and Philando Castile of Minnesota. Both men were shot and killed by police this week. In both instances, witness footage captured the aftermath of the events.
MERRY JANE has compiled six touching tributes from celebrities who are using their platform to protest the pair of tragic shootings.
The former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders wants to ensure the Department of Justice takes action in these situations:
The violence that killed Alton Sterling and Philando Castile has become an all too common occurrence for people of color and IT. MUST. STOP.— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) July 7, 2016
Today African-Americans are almost four times as likely to experience the use of force during encounters with the police. #PhilandoCastille— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) July 7, 2016
Coming off a powerful speech a few weeks ago at the BET Awards Williams expressed his feeling of dismay:
1) In the interest of time, would ye noble patriots please provide a list of infractions punishable by spontaneous public execution? Thanks!— jesseWilliams. (@iJesseWilliams) July 6, 2016
2) Upon receipt of this list, we'll return to our quarters and study up, eager to enjoy freedoms of white mass murders. #LIFEHACK— jesseWilliams. (@iJesseWilliams) July 6, 2016
3) You chumps will NEVER provide this list... We see through you.— jesseWilliams. (@iJesseWilliams) July 6, 2016
The rapper expressed his feelings for his second home:
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The Lemonade superstar has been very vocal about the the recent shootings. She posted this powerful message on her website:
The Boss Dogg definitely doesn’t like the videos he’s seen in social media recently:
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President Barack Obama
The President made a statement Thursday:
I am so angry and upset I feel like I could explode!!!! I'm furious and feel helpless .. I can stand, I can march BUT I WANT ACTION! Im overwhelmingly grieved and exhausted of seeing people killed like this! ..many things we cant control in this life .. Many things are beyond what we can truly comprehend.. But THIS? THIS?!!? Maybe we can't change overnight how any one person may view you/us or even how they may or may not value your life, but we CAN make the punishment more hard-core and make those charged to "protect and serve", think twice before they treat our lives like garbage. From my understanding- out of 4000 people killed by the police since 2013, only in six cases have people been prosecuted. I know there are tons of good police officers truly doing their jobs and giving of their lives every day to try to make the world better-but they too need to stand against the ones that can treat human life like it's expendable, the cowards who think they have the right to make executive decisions about a persons life or death because they're being inconvenienced -the punishment needs to be severe enough that when confronted with a decision, they'll make a different one then they might care to because even though clearly they don't care about us -if nothing else I can bet they care about their own damn selves and their own families. As a woman who loves God I don't wish anything bad on anyone- but they have to be put in a position to be accountable for their actions! At that point whatever happens is a consequence to fit that action. #AltonSterling
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A clip of the Facebook Live stream in remembrnace of Philando Castile:
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