Rihanna, Beyoncé, + More Unite For Chilling Video on Black Lives
Selling CDs in a parking lot. Playing in the park with a toy gun. Sleeping on your grandmother’s sofa. Walking toward police. Selling cigarettes. Riding in your girlfriend’s car with a child in the backseat. Failing to signal a lane change. Walking away from police.
These are just a handful of activities that black Americans have been killed for over the past few years, and it is these seemingly mundane activities that have become the focus of a powerful new video by Mic called “23 Ways You Could Be Killed If You Are Black in America.” The video, created by Alicia Keys and the We Are Here Movement, is based on an article written by Jamilah King called “23 Everyday Actions Punishable by Death if You’re Black in America.”
The nearly three-minute long video features stark handheld videos of Beyoncé, Rihanna, Pink, Taraji P. Henson, Chance the Rapper, Bono, and more stating ways that African Americans like Sandra Bland, Eric Garner, Sean Bell, and more have been killed at the hands of police officers across the United States.
It comes at a time when Black Lives Matter protests have reignited on city streets and outside of fashion week events in the aftermath of last week’s back-to-back deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. Hashtags have sprung up and celebrities have spoken out—or remained shockingly silent—as communities of color ask once again why this continues to happen.
If you would like to contribute to the cause, you can go to the We Are Here Movement’s petition, which is calling for President Obama and Congress to “right our historic wrongs and heal the wounds of systemic racism so that all Americans have the equal right to pursue happiness.”
Stay tuned to Milk for more Black Lives Matter activism.
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