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Beyoncé Issues Powerful Statement in the Wake of Police Violence

"It is up to us to take a stand and demand that they 'stop killing us.'"

By Radio.com Staff

Beyoncé has issued a powerful statement in the wake of recent police violence which has left two African American men dead.

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On Tuesday Alton Sterling was killed by police officers in Baton Rouge, then late Wednesday Philando Castile was killed by police in a St. Paul suburb.

In the statement Beyoncé urges all people to empower themselves, and provides information for contacting their local legislatures to affect change.

Read her full statement 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,” she continued. “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 makes 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.

Click in to contact the politicians and legislators in your area. Your voice will be heard.

-Beyoncé

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