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Musicians Respond to the Fatal Police Shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile


37-year-old Alton Sterling, who was fatally shot by police on July 5.
  • 37-year-old Alton Sterling, who was fatally shot by police on July 5.

Yesterday, video emerged from two fatal police shootings of black men, igniting protests and outrage throughout the country. In Baton Rouge, Louisiana police shot 37-year-old Alton Sterling point blank outside a convenience store where he sold CDs (it has yet to be confirmed whether Sterling had a handgun in his pocket at the time). In Falcon Heights, Minnesota, police shot unarmed 32-year-old Philando Castile at a traffic stop. "Please, officer, don't tell me that you just did this to him," said Lavish Reynolds, who recorded the aftermath of the shooting from the car's passenger seat. "You shot four bullets into him, sir. He was just getting his license, his registration, sir."

Some of our keenest and most public minds on race, musicians are responding to the police shootings with sympathy and anger. "Although I am a black young woman I AM #AltonSterling," wrote Janelle Monáe. "Just like Alton I used to sell my CDs outside records, library steps, street corners, etc."

Trey Songz posted a video of a white man resisting arrest by two white officers, noting the difference in police treatment between white and black Americans. "My tears are fresh for #AltonSterling," wrote Vic Mensa. "They burn for those bullets the police ended his life with. But this is not over. We will fight. NOW."


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RIP Alton Sterling 😢  #howmanymore

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All we gone do is repost it & type "SMH" over & over again huh ?? Then we gone put #JusticeForAltonSterling & #BlackLivesMatter hashtags on Instagram & pretend that's us taking action huh ??? What happened to the generation of people who stood together, held hands & took to the streets peacefully or violently if it had to come to that & wouldn't move or be detoured from that stance until real results were handed over to us ?!?!? Huh ??? WTF is wrong with us these days that we will sit here & watch a video of yet another innocent man shot & killed in cold blood by police officers in this country ?!?!? WTF is wrong with ME, YOU & everyone else who will watch the video & read this caption & DO NOTHING until it happens again... Then what we gone do ?? The same shit we been doing... Hashtag #JUSTICEFOR[insert name here__________] & #BLACKLIVESMATTER when it really seems that they don't at all... & if #BLACKLIVES don't even matter to #BLACKPEOPLE why the fuck would they matter to anyone else ?!?!?!? What on earth is wrong with US ?!?!?!? But lemme stop so we can get back to turning up, dab'n & hittin "them folks" while this man lay dead in a county morgue for selling some fucking CD's & asking what he was being detained for ?!!?!?!?!? NAW, fuck this....... WE AINT HAVIN THIS SHIT NO MORE !!!!!!!!!!! #THETIMETOFIGHTBACKISNOW !!!!! #MartinLutherKing got shot on a fuckin balcony because he wasn't scared to stand up for our parents, grandparents & US.... The reason our black asses can even do 1/2 the shit we do is because that man sacrificed his life along with many others so we could..... & we ain't even got enough heart to stand together as a RACE & pay them back !!!! #IMNOTSCARED #FAKECARINGASSGENERATION #WHOELSEOUTTHEREGONEFAKECARE ??? #WEAINTGONEDOSHITBUTREPOSTANDHASHTAG #SCARYASSRACE #AMERICAREMOVED

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