As stars continue to come forward to share their thoughts and grief about the tragic shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, Beyoncé is now answering the call to stand up.
She posted a lengthy manifesto to her personal website, making a powerful, brave and emotional statement demanding racial justice. Here it is in its entirety:
Beyoncé also posted a shorter and simpler message to her Instagram, and invited fans to follow her call to action.
Click the link in my bio to go to Beyonce.com. Turn our anger into action.
It is crucial that those with the biggest voices speak the loudest when it is most dangerous for them to do so. As Beyoncé said, “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.”