In response to the recent tragic killings of Baton Rouge resident, and father of five, Alton Sterling, shot and killed in front of a convenient store, Philando Castile, a black man shot by Minnesota police in front of his daughter and girlfriend after being pulled over and the fatal shootings of 5 Dallas Police Officers, during a #BlackLivesMatter peaceful protest, racial tensions in America are at an all-time high. Many celebrities are taking to social media to weigh in on the tragedies.
Drake pinned an open letter via Instagram on Wednesday, following the death of Alton Sterling, noting that watching the video left him feeling “disheartened, emotional, and truly scared.”
Other celebrity reactions include, Rihanna, who shared a video of a mother speaking about protecting her sons via Instagram, captioning the post, “RIP Alton Sterling #HowManyMore.” Fabolous, who saddened by the incident, powerfully asked “When is America & the judicial system that’s suppose to protect us, gonna make these officers who are killing black men take responsibility for what’s going on” via Instagram. Meek Mill, in response to Fabolous, said he’s #ReadytoStandUp. Chris Brown grieved for the future of his daughter Royalty, saying, “I have a daughter to raise and when she looks at someone, I dont want her to see color!!!! I want her to see life and an abundance of possibilities and opportunities!” (via Instagram)
This morning, rappers The Game and Snoop Dogg announced Operation H.U.N.T., ‘Hunt Us, Not Today,’ a unified mission of African American men, Mexican men, and any other race of “real men” to walk to the LAPD Headquarters. The Game specifically asks that those who come out “Will stand as we are, UNIFIED. I’m calling ALL GANGS, ALL RACES, ALL GROWN MEN affiliated or not & WE WILL STAND UNIFIED.”
Operation H.U.N.T Meet NOW at Joe’s auto park parking 1221 west 3rd street Los Angeles California 90017 Calling: ALL AFRICAN AMERICAN MEN, MEXICAN AMERICAN MEN & any other RACE of REAL MEN with heart to stand with us today & walk peacefully to the LAPD headquarters. [LEAVE ALL WOMEN & CHILDREN AT HOME… THIS IS OUR MISSION FOR THEM] Do not: bring any weapons or anything illegal. Do not come high or belligerent.. We don’t need any HOT HEADS or anyone there for the wrong reasons… We will stand as we are, UNIFIED. I’m calling ALL GANGS, ALL RACES, ALL GROWN MEN affiliated or not & WE WILL STAND UNIFIED tomorrow !!!! Our numbers are all the weapons we need !!! We do not need to be dumb, retarded or uncivilized today… ALL WE NEED IS EACH OTHER… I will not lead any of you into a trap !!!!! Objective: to make the Californian government & it’s law branches aware that from today forward, we will be UNIFIED as minorities & we will no longer allow them to hunt us or be hunted by us !!! Let’s erase the fear of one another on both sides & start something new here in the city of Los Angeles, a city we all love & share ! There are many things that have to be done to rectify this situation that has plagued us for hundreds of years & UNIFICATION is the 1st step !!! Again, I’m asking for ALL of my AFRICAN AMERICAN, MEXICAN AMERICAN & any other AMERICAN who has the heart to STAND WITH US to meet us at the above address & take the 1st step into altering our future for our children & our FAMILIES….I LOVE EVERY ONE OF YOU & WE OWE IT TO OURSELVES & OUR FAMILIES TO BE MEN & TAKE A STAND MY BROTHERS.. THE TIME IS NOW – The Game ? @derekdidit
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Well done Game and Snoop, we hope to see more celebrities take a stand for justice.