See How Artists are Responding to the Recent Police Shootings
In a press conference today, President Obama said, "all Americans should be troubled" in response to the fatal police shootings of two black men, Philando Castile (Baton Rouge, LA) and Alton Sterling (Falcon Heights, MN) this week. Obama went on to call these tragic incidents "symptomatic of a broader set of racial disparities that exist in our criminal justice system."
"When incidents like this occur, there’s a big chunk of our fellow citizenry that feels as if, because of the color of their skin, they are not being treated the same. And that hurts. That should trouble all of us."
Artists in the music community are using their platforms today to speak on police brutality and injustices in our society. Taking to social media to join this difficult conversation are dance music staples like Annie Mac and Tommie Sunshine as well as several mega pop stars including Beyonce and Drake, who both wrote lengthy statements in response to the deaths of Castile and Sterling.
Where all of these musicians agree is that we need change. This - the losing of these lives - has got to end.
Cover photo credit: AP Photo/Gerald Herbert