The death of Philando Castile was met with shock as the video of his tragic death went viral. Shot four times by a police officer as he reached for his identification, the 32 year old man died at the hands of a man sworn to serve and protect as his girlfriend and daughter watched helplessly.
The recent shootings bring to light a larger issue to the forefront. The American public went on social media platforms sharing their disappointment at the police force, outraged at the high rate of racially targeted killings. President Barack Obama gave a speech in Warsaw Poland, expressing his regret and urging the associated authorities to take the matter more urgently to keep families safe. Addressing the public he said, ” Rather than fall into a predictable pattern of division and political posturing, let’s reflect on what we can do better. Let’s come together as a nation, and keep faith with one another, in order to ensure a future where all of our children know that their lives matter.”
Using their platforms to speak out, Beyonce got her followers into formation. She actioned her followers to sign a petition to ensure the public demand social and judicial changes. The site server soon crushed when many users tried to access the site.
Drake also wrote a letter to Alton Sterling a victim of police brutality who passed on the same day as Philando Castile. After a video surfaced online of his gruesome death, many were saddened by the force and undeniably brutal means by which the police handled the matter that resulted in the death of an innocent man. Drake’s Instagram update on the matter is out of the ordinary for the pop star and highlighted police brutality only becoming a trending topic with no real outcomes.
Hip Hop great Ice Cube did not shy away from the conversation online. Using an image that was previously used to publicize police brutality in Kenya, the rapper got mixed reactions from his tweet. The father of 5 and “F**k The Police” rapper noted that his opinions remian his own and he made a choice to bring attention to the situation, through his platform.
— Ice Cube (@icecube) July 8, 2016