“We don’t need sympathy. We need everyone to respect our lives” Beyonce said in an open letter addressing the recent murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile; innocent black men killed by the police.
The statement concluded with a request for fans to contact their politicians and legislators, and provided links to Congress as well as an invitation to voice protest on behalf of both Sterling and Castile.
Bey even held a moment of silence last night at her concert in Glasgow. Then she displayed a last of names of black people murdered by the police, while she sang an acapella version of her song “Freedom”
Meanwhile, Jay Z has a released a new song called “Spiritual” on Tidal, which is accompanied by a note from the him: “I made this song a year or so ago. I never got to finish it. Punch [Terrence Henderson, the co-president of Top Dawg Entertainment] told me I should drop it when Mike Brown died, sadly I told him, ‘This issue will always be relevant.’ I’m hurt that I knew his death wouldn’t be the last. I’m saddened and disappointed in THIS America – we should be further along … Blessings to all the families that have lost loved ones to brutality.”
The note ended with a quote from the 19th-century abolitionist campaigner Frederick Douglass: “Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organised conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.”
The lyrics annotation website genius.com describes the song as one in which “Jay asserts his spirituality in dealing with issues of self-worth facing young black men in America”.
Hopefully, the action of these two superstars can open the eyes to more people about the sickening reality that the United States is living through right now, and change for the better comes soon!