Beyonce pens powerful letter on Alton Sterling and Philando Castile shootings


Beyonce has added her voice to others speaking out against the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, two black men who were shot dead by police in the United States this week. She turned her website's home page into a statement urging others to take a stand.


The statement in full reads:

"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'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 in 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 a human fight. No matter your race, gender or sexual orientation. This is a fight for anyone who feels marginalized, who is struggling for freedom and human rights.

"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."

(Andrew White/AP)

The statement also includes links to help readers contact their local congressmen and women to demand action against the perpetrators of police brutality.

The deaths of Sterling and Castile have been met with widespread criticism online, and Drake, The Game and Nicki Minaj are among the stars who have already spoken out for action to be taken.

Castile, 32, was killed after a police officer opened fire on him as he reached for his driving licence after he was pulled over. His girlfriend live-streamed the entire incident on Facebook Live as she sat in the car.

Sterling, 37, was pinned down by police and shot in the chest despite being completely immobile at the time shots were fired.

Beyonce paused her Glasgow show on Thursday night to pay respect to victims of police brutality.