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Celebrities React to Police Shooting Deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile

Playing Celebrities React to Police Shooting Deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile

Following the death of two black men at the hands of police, social media has become a sounding board for many celebrities who are grieving and expressing outrage. 

Read: Woman Records Facebook Video After Boyfriend Is Fatally Shot By Cops: 'Don't Tell Me He's Dead!'

In the aftermath of Alton Sterling’s death in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Tuesday night, Drake wrote a letter to the victim’s family.

“No one begins their life as a hashtag. Yet the trend of being reduced to one continues,” the Canadian rapper wrote.

He posted the letter on Instagram.

 

🙏🏼

A photo posted by champagnepapi (@champagnepapi) on Jul 6, 2016 at 5:50pm PDT

Questlove of The Roots was at a loss for words following the death of Sterling. Posting the graphic video of the shooting, with the caption: “I'm just numb. And tired. And f***ing angry. And scared. And mad. And boiling. And really really really really really tired of turning our collective bruised cheek. Just. F***ing. Tired.”

Read: Alton Sterling's Son Breaks Down as Family Addresses Fatal Police Shooting Outrage

On Thursday morning, following the news of Philando Castile’s death in Minnesota, he posted a photo that read: “Don’t Forget to Set Your Clocks Back 300 Years Tonight.”

 

#AltonSterling....#PhilandoCastile....#DoYouFearThatYourNameWillBeTheNewHashtagWeLearnOfToday?....#WillYouBeTheNextContestantOnRouletteWheelOfJustice?....I Want Your Name To Be Your Name #IDontWantToHashTagAnotherName. #YourLifeShouldNOTbeAHashtag

A photo posted by Questlove Gomez (@questlove) on Jul 7, 2016 at 5:12am PDT

On Wednesday night’s The Nightly Show, host Larry Wilmore said of the Sterling shooting: “The punishment for being a black man shouldn’t be death.”

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Wilmore added: "We’ve covered this type of thing in the past, and to be frank with you, we’re just tired of this s*** happening. Thank God for f***ing cell phones."

Speaking from Poland, U.S. President Barack Obama said Thursday the shootings affect not just the black community, but society as a whole.

 "When people say 'black lives matter,' it doesn't mean that blue lives don't matter," Obama said, referring to police officers. "But right now, the data shows that black folks are more vulnerable to these kinds of incidents."

Spike Lee, whose film Do the Right Thing  famously portrayed the death of a black man at the hands of police, took to Instagram to post that Sterling, like all black men, are targets for police.

 

When Will These Atrocities End?

A photo posted by Spike Lee (@officialspikelee) on Jul 6, 2016 at 4:19pm PDT

In the early hours of Thursday morning, singer John Legend vented his anger at what happened to Castile.

Emcee Chance the Rapper was shellshocked in his Twitter post that Castile was killed while his soon-to-be 4-year-old step-daughter was in the backseat.

Rapper Chuck D posted a drawing he did of a police officer, calling cops “The New Grim Reaper” following the deaths of Sterling and Castile.

 

Singer Missy Elliot posted on Twitter:


Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton took to Twitter Thursday morning to share her thoughts:

 


Watch: Alton Sterling's Son Breaks Down as Family Addresses Fatal Police Shooting Outrage

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