Drake, who is Canadian, posted an open letter on Instagram expressing his thoughts.
“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,” he wrote.
“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,” the note 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.”
Drake’s letter concludes, “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 any family that has lost someone to this cycle of violence. Be safe out there. More life.”
Drake isn’t the only celebrity who has spoken out. Beyonce changed her entire website to reflect her statement on the shootings.
“We are sick and tired of the killings of young men and women in our communities. It is up to us to take a stand and demand that they ‘stop killing us.’ We don’t need sympathy. We need everyone to respect our lives,” she wrote.
Her letter goes on to request people to petition politicians and legislators to make changes in the system. Read her full statement here.
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