In the wake of the recent police brutality and police violence incidents that have affected our nation, many celebrities are using their platforms of fame and influence to pen their opinions in hopes of sparking change. Kim Kardashian West is one of those celebs speaking out.
Kardashian West penned an open letter on her blog titled “#STRAIGHTUP #BLACKLIVESMATTER” where she wrote about the recent lives lost at the hand of police and what that meant for her bi-racial children.
“This week we watched Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, two innocent black men, get senselessly murdered by police officers. Like a lot of you guys, I watched the videos, and was appalled and completely heartbroken. I was left speechless, angry and numb,” she began the letter.
Kim continued, “I want my children to grow up knowing that their lives matter. I do not ever want to have to teach my son to be scared of the police, or tell him that he has to watch his back because the people we are told to trust—the people who “protect and serve”—may not be protecting and serving him because of the color of his skin.”
“The last thing we need is to fuel anger with more hate or violence, especially toward the many incredible police officers who risk their lives every single day to protect our families and communities. We must peacefully use the power of our voices and the strength of our numbers to demand changes in the judicial system so that brutality doesn’t ever go unpunished,” KKW instructed.
She added, “It is our responsibility as Americans and as parents to create a safe future for our children. We must do something NOW. We must speak up until we are heard and real, effective changes are made. Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown, Eric Garner, Freddie Gray, Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland, Sean Bell … and unfortunately so many more.”
The reality star and business woman ended the letter with, “Hashtags are not enough. This must end now” and included links to find your legislator and where you can donate to Philando Castile and Alton Sterling’s families.
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