Tonight, we’ve reached a tipping point in America as several Dallas police officers were killed during a rally to protest recent police shootings. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of those men and women who put their lives at risk daily to protect and serve.
Here is a rundown of what sparked the rally followed by solidarity messages from celeb women we’ve featured on the blog:
Within 48 hours, two black men in “concealed weapon license to carry” states exercising their rights to have guns in their pockets were nonetheless shot and killed by police officers. Both killings, one execution style and the other in front of a 4-year old child during a routine traffic stop, has sparked outrage.
Alton Sterling was selling CDs outside of a grocery store in a high crime neighborhood and exercising his Second Amendment rights as an American, carried a weapon to protect himself. Someone reported to the police that Sterling had it out waving at people and after scuffle with the officers who arrived at the scene and eventually took Sterling down, another took out his revolver and emptied a couple of rounds into Sterling’s body before falling off the man’s chest and shooting a few more shots. The store owner and another eyewitness filmed the shootings on their smartphones and circulated it on social media. The outrage has been swift.
That same night, another man, Philando Castile, was driving with his girlfriend Diamond Reynolds and her 4-year old daughter in the backseat when he was pulled over for a busted tail light. Diamond turned on her Facebook Live and shared the incident as it happened with her followers on the social media site. The world was witness to the moments immediately after one officer shot him as he reached into his pocket to pull out his driver’s license as asked to do so by the officer, per Reynold’s account. The officer can be overheard on the video saying “ignorance”.
As with other past police killings of unarmed black men and boys, many parents have been shaken by the incident especially parents of young black boys. In social media, many have expressed fear that when their children grow up, they will be seen as menacing threats simply for being in the skin they were born in and could be the next hashtag.
I know personally, I’ve talked to my kids again as my husband and I do periodically throughout their lives to make sure they are aware what they need to do to escape a possible police encounter alive. My father in law is a retired veteran police detective and my husband’s uncle was a police officer. We fear for the lives of blue and believe Blue Lives Matter as well, but at the same time, we are frightened by the pattern of brutality among some officers.
We checked in on several of the celeb moms we’ve profiled on the blog before and noticed that some of them spoke out about the shootings in social media.
Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Kristen Bell, Olivia Wilde, Kelly Clarkson, Kelly Rowland, Tamera Mowry-Housley, Tia Mowry, Jenna Dewan Tatum, Tamar Braxton, Ellen Pompeo, busy Philipps,Eva Marcille, Phaedra Parks, Rasheeda, Yandy Smith,Toni Braxton, FAntasia, Brandy all shared posts and Kim Kardashian West and Vanessa Simmons rt’d others.
Here is a roundup of their shares, excluding Monica Brown’s who posted an excerpt of Reynold’s graphic video:
Click the link in my bio to go to Beyonce.com. Turn our anger into action. A photo posted by Beyoncé (@beyonce) on
Praying for a more peaceful world for our children and our children’s children. ?? A photo posted by Kourtney Kardashian (@kourtneykardash) on
We are all equal in the fact that we are all different. We are all the same in the fact that we will never be the same. We are united by the reality that all colours and all cultures are distinct & individual. We are harmonious in the reality that we are all held to this earth by the same gravity. – C. JoyBell C. We must fix this… Racial injustice is not ok. #altonsterling #philandoCastile A photo posted by tameramowrytwo (@tameramowrytwo) on
My heart is heavy Illustration by- @nichollekobi
A photo posted by tiamowry (@tiamowry) on
….what’s the excuse this time? This is ridiculous! Sad, ANGRY, and disappointed in a system that is suppose to protect…NOT kill.
A photo posted by kellyrowland (@kellyrowland) on
ENOUGH already!!!! When does this nightmare end? #philandocastile #BlackLivesMatter #PoliceBrutality A photo posted by PHAEDRA (@phaedraparks) on
‘Strange Fruit’ Billie Holiday. I keep hearing that song. No more. #FalconHeightsShooting #AltonSterling #PhilandoCastile #BlackLivesMatter
— Jaime King (@Jaime_King) July 7, 2016
OUR Fathers. OUR Brothers. OUR Sons. When will this end? I am heartbroken.
A photo posted by Fantasia? (@tasiasword) on
You are probably going to see this picture a lot today. I hope you do. Baton Rouge cops killed 37 year old #AltonSterling, father of 5, in front of a store where he was selling CDs. The owner of the store told @nydailynews that he openly allowed #altonsterling to sell his CDs in front of his store. #AltonSterling was the 154th black person killed by police this year(to date) Hands behind his back. Shot 5 times. There is a video. I don’t know what can be done but something needs to be. We are better than this. #altonsterling
A photo posted by Busy Philipps (@busyphilipps) on
This. Is. Cray….. At some point we gotta STAND together? A photo posted by Taytay❤️ (@tamarbraxton) on
It is truly tragic when a vicious few turn a peaceful protest into a bloodbath. Horrific and sad. #nomoreviolence
— olivia wilde (@oliviawilde) July 8, 2016
Accountability is key. This is way past ridiculous. This is scary, & real, & it’s murder either way you look at it. https://t.co/TYTQnffr8q
— Kelly Clarkson (@kelly_clarkson) July 7, 2016
“Even with videotaped evidence of police destroying black people, many freedom-living Americans unconvinced of a systematic problem” #RIPAltonSterling #RIPPhilandoCastile I am Truly heartbroken ? As a mother of 2 young growing black men, I am devastated! This has to stop!
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#philandocastile A photo posted by Rasheeda (@rasheedadabosschick) on
And this is our reality…… A photo posted by Rasheeda (@rasheedadabosschick) on
So I was advise to take my last two post down and edit my comment to protect my family that is behind the cement walls. I will not take my post down but I will edit my comment. Let’s stick together people. Rise above together. ✊? #Repost @tamikadmallory with @repostapp ・・・ #Repost @angelo_pinto_ ・・・ “I just want to thank them for being here, for teaching me to focus on comprehension over career, and that they made sure I learned what the schools were AFRAID to teach us.” – Jessie Williams (2016 BET Awards Humanitarian Award Speech) #woke #independenceday #altonsterling #blacklivesmatter #policebrutality #spilledink #axwell #meditation #skrillex #afrojack #tiesto #davidguetta #asap #blvck #beentrill #muse #ootd #jamaica #PerformanceArt #hypebeast #rastafari #unity #rasta #wutang #philly #afropunk #philadelphia
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