After social media erupted over the past day in outrage to the fatal incident that took place between Louisiana police and Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old black man, Drake has written an open letter on Instagram in response.
Video of the incident surfaced online and circulated quickly, showing Sterling being shot multiple times and killed during an altercation with two police officers. Since, many across the continent are speaking out, some even protesting.
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 any family that has lost someone to this cycle of violence.
Be safe out there. More life.