Beyoncé paused her concert in Glasgow this evening for a moment of silence, during which she displayed the names of people who were victims of police brutality, according to @PopCrave.
The names of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile were listed first in the display.
Beyonce’s stand at Glasgow’s Hampden Stadium follows a letter she posted to her website this morning regarding the deaths of Sterling and Castile.
The letter read:
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 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.
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.
Beyonce’s post links to a general directory of the members of Congress, the Louisiana legislature for Alton Sterling and the Minnesota representatives for Philando Castile.
Soon after Beyonce’s call to action went up, one of the websites she linked to, contactingthecongress.org, crashed.
(Photo Source: Beylite Instagram)