After the tragic shooting deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile last week at the hands of police brutality, the American people are making more of an effort than ever before to enact immediate change. Celebrities too have been stepping up to the plate, with public figures like Beyoncé and Kim Kardashian using their platform not for grief or mourning but for real mobilization on this issue. Now, a whole host of celebrities and artists have come together on “23 Ways,” a heartbreaking video that serves as a reminder for the desperate need for immediate action against the slaughter of black Americans.
Using real-life examples, the video simply but devastatingly presents 23 separate ways that innocent black lives have been taken by police. Organized by Alicia Keys, the video features the aforementioned Beyoncé as well as the likes of Rihanna, A$AP Rocky, Chris Rock and Pharrell Williams to read these tragic stories. We have all heard how easily a black life is taken at a traffic stop or in the hands of police custody, but these artists put context into just how shocking these deaths are in the face of innocent activities like selling CD’s or simply wearing a hoodie. This is not an instance of celebrities pandering to an issue, but rather a way to keep this issue at the forefront of our collective conscious.
Watch the full 23 Ways video below, and write your Congressman today demanding action against racist-driven police brutality.
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