Beyonce released a powerful statement about the "robberies" of black lives and the violence currently going on in the U.S. on her website.
The 34-year-old "Freedom" singer's response on Thursday follows two recent tragic deaths of two black men, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, who were both killed by police officers just days apart.
"We are sick and tired of the killings of young men and women in our communities," the Houston-born singer wrote on her site. "It is up to us to take a stand and demand that they 'stop killing us.'"
On Tuesday, 37-year-old Sterling was repeatedly shot and killed by officers in Baton Rogue, Louisiana, while Castile, 32, was shot in his car after reaching into his pocket to show an officer his ID and registration on Wednesday in Minnesota. Castile’s girlfriend recorded the aftermath of the shooting and posted it on Facebook.
Beyonce's statement not only touched on the tragic losses, but also included a call to action.
"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."
She continued, "This is not a plea to all police officers but toward any human being who fails to value life. The war on people of colo[u]r and all minorities needs to be over."
In the last few days, other celebrities, including rappers Drake and The Game, have also shared their thoughts on the shootings and race over social media.
Read Beyonce's full statement below:
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