Drake Pens Open Letter In Response To Alton Sterling's Shooting
Thu, 07 Jul 2016 12:37:56
"I am grateful to be able to call America my second home. Last night when I saw the video of Alton Sterling being killed it left me feeling disheartened, emotional, and truly scared. I woke up this morning with a strong need to say something.
"It's impossible to ignore that the relationship between Black and brown communities and law enforcement remains as strained as it was decades ago. No one begins their life as a hashtag. Yet the trend of being reduced to one continues.
"This is real and I'm concerned. Concerned for the safety of my family, my friends, and any human being that could fall victim to this pattern. I do not know the answer. But I believe things can change for the better. Open and honest dialogue is the first step.
"My thoughts and prayers are with the Sterling family and anyone that has lost someone to this cycle of violence.
"Be safe out there. More life."
Alton Sterling was killed in an altercation with Baton Rouge, Louisiana police on Tuesday. He was shot multiple times and the incident was caught on camera. The event has sparked outrage and disbelief from the surrounding community, the nation, and worldwide. Protests in Baton Rouge began Tuesday and are ongoing.
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—The ARTISTdirect Staff