watch: beyoncé, rihanna, a$ap rocky, and more speak out about the killing of black people in america
'23 Ways You Could Be Killed If You Are Black in America' is a new video collecting music stars sending a message to President Obama and Congress.
In a new video, a group of global music stars and actors have come together to list 23 Ways You Could Be Killed If You Are Black in America, in order to protest the shocking killings of black people by police for doing normal, non-violent things.
Beyoncé, Rihanna, A$AP Rocky, Janelle Monae, Chance the Rapper, Zoë and Lenny Kravitz, Talib Kweli, Pink, Bono and actors Taraji P Henson, Rosario Dawson, Jennifer Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Jada Pinkett Smith are among those who list things 23 black people were doing when they were killed in America.
"Riding in your girlfriend's car, with a child in the back," Beyoncé says, before a picture is shown of Philando Castile, who was shot by a police officer just over a week ago. "Failing to signal a lane change," Alicia Keys says, before a picture of Sandra Bland is shown. Other actions that led to the killing of black people in America include: running to the bathroom in your own apartment (Ramalah Graham), selling cigarettes outside of a corner store (Eric Garner), making eye contact (Freddie Gray), wearing a hoodie (Trayvon Martin), calling for help after an accident (Renisha McBride), holding a fake gun (Tamir Rice, India M Beaty, John Crawford III), and laughing (Rekia Boyd). "In other words, just for being black in America," the video concludes.
"Go to weareheremovement.com to tell president Obama and Congress that the time for change is now," says Keys. "We demand radical transformation to heal the long history of systemic racism so that all Americans have the equal right to live and to pursue happiness."
Text Charlotte Gush