Celebrity Reactions To Philando Castile And Alton Sterling's Death Show Their Pain
We live in a world full of outrage these days. As far as the world has come in so many ways, as much as people have tried to become more open-minded, more caring,more loving,it seems sometimes as though we haven't moved forward even a tiny bit. Particularly in the last few days. The outrage is not contained to just us regular people either. These celebrity reactions to the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile are proof that even the rich and famous are appalled by the state of our world.
When Alton Sterling was shot and killed by police outside a convenience store on Tuesday night in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the entire event was caught on video. According to video footage, Sterling was on the ground, completely incapacitated by officers. He was unable to move. And yet seconds before he was killed by multiple gunshot wounds, an officer can be heard shouting, "He's got a gun!". They killed Sterling, who had been selling CDs outside the convenience store. Less than 48 hours later, Philando Castile was shot and killed by police after being stopped for a broken taillight in St.Paul Minnesota. He was shot four times and died of his wounds. His girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds,live streamed the aftermath on Facebook.
Since the two shootings, many celebrities have spoken out against what many see as two cases of police brutality and racial profiling. One celebrity was particularly eloquent in her anger. Beyoncé called for less sympathy and more action. She released a powerful statement with a powerful message on her website: "Fear is not an excuse. Hate will not win."
Beyoncé has joined other celebrities intent to not only voice their sympathies for the victims and their families but also to galvanize their followers into action. As she said in her statement;
Here is what other celebrities had to say about the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.
"If you don't comply with police, don't be surprised if you get shot."— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) July 7, 2016
"So if I cooperate I'm okay?"
"No guarantees." #FalconHeights
So many people work so hard to find a reason why executing a human being during a routine traffic stop is ok. IT'S NOT OK— John Legend (@johnlegend) July 7, 2016
Have written & erased at least 20 awesome furious tweets. But I am too sad. Instead, I'll just say this: #stopshootingus— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) July 7, 2016
Politicians have issued statements decrying the shootings as well, with President Barack Obama issuing a full statement saying that "All Americans should be deeply troubled," by the shootings.
Alton Sterling Matters.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 7, 2016
Philando Castile Matters.
Black Lives Matter. pic.twitter.com/GmUFN9sDH6
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
We can't ignore the ugly reality: black parents are terrified that teaching kids to “survive” the police won't be enough. #blacklivesmatter— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) July 7, 2016
While the world is outraged, it is somewhat comforting to see so many people in positions of power, or with the ability to offer some much-needed visibility are taking up the call.
It's a small comfort, surely, but a comfort nonetheless.