Read Beyonce's Powerful Open Letter On Police Brutality

Following the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, Beyonce is using her voice to demand change.

By Sharon Lynn Pruitt

This week, two men died at the hands of police: 37 year-old Alton Sterling, and 33 year-old Philando Castile.

Following their deaths - both of which were captured on camera - protests have erupted all over the country. People are raising their voices in pursuit of justice, including celebs like Zendaya, Drake, and now, Beyonce. The home page of the singer's website now features a powerful message on police brutality.

"We are sick and tired of the killings of young men and women in our communities," begins her statement. "It is up to us to take a stand and demand that they 'stop killing us.' We don't need sympathy. We need everyone to respect our lives."

"These robberies of our lives make us feel helpless and hopeless but we have to believe that we are fighting for the rights of the next generation, for the next young men and women who believe in good," she wrote later. "This is a human fight. No matter your race, gender, or sexual orientation. This is a fight for anyone who feels marginalized, who is struggling for freedom and human rights."

She ended her message by calling for action, and urging readers to make their voices heard by contacting legislators in their area. The link to the site on her page crashed soon after, with hundreds of thousands clicking the link. 

Read her statement in full below.

#beyonce #blacklivesmatter

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