It's a hopeless, heartbreaking day around the country and especially in the Twin Cities.
Philando Castile, a 32-year-old black man from St. Paul, was shot dead Wednesday by a St. Anthony police officer in Falcon Heights. The incident came one day after police shot and killed 37-year-old Alton Sterling, another black man, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
On Thursday, pop megastar Beyoncé loudly advocated to end the "plague of injustice" surrounding victims of police violence like Castile and Sterling, both of whom she name-checks in an open letter posted to her website's homepage.
"We're going to stand up as a community and fight against anyone who believes that murder or any violent action by those who are sworn to protect us should consistently go unpunished," the letter reads, later urging readers to "demand social and judicial changes" from lawmakers.
Beyoncé called for a mid-concert moment of silence Thursday during her Formation World Tour stop in Glasgow.
You can read her complete letter below:
We are sick and tired of the killings of young men and women in our communities. 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. We're going to stand up as a community and fight against anyone who believes that murder or any violent action by those who are sworn to protect us should consistently go unpunished. These robberies of lives make us feel helpless and hopeless but we have to believe that we are fighting for the rights of the next generation, for the next young men and women who believe in good. This is not a plea to all police officers but toward any human being who fails to value life. The war on people of color and all minorities needs to be over. Fear is not an excuse. Hate will not win. We all have the power to channel our anger and frustration into action. We must use our voices to contact the politicians and legislators in our districts and demand social and judicial changes. While we pray for the families of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, we will also pray for an end to this plague of injustice in our communities. Click in to contact the politicians and legislators in your area. Your voice will be heard. -Beyoncé