The shooting of unarmed father Alton Sterling by police in Louisiana has incited a large response nationwide, including Drake. The Canadian rapper, who calls America his "second home," says he was moved to pen an open letter about the killing and the larger issue of police violence.
"Last night when I saw the video of Alton Sterling being killed it left me feeling disheartened, emotional, and truly scared. I woke up this morning with a strong need to say something,” the "Hotline Bling" rapper writes in the letter, shared on Instagram last night.
In it, he writes that "It's impossible to ignore that the relationship between black and brown communities and law enforcement remains as strained as it was decades ago." He says, "This is real and I'm concerned. I'm concerned for the safety of my family, my friends, and any human being that could fall victim to this pattern...My thoughts and prayers are with the Sterling family and any family that has lost someone to this cycle of violence." He closes, "Be safe out there. More life."
Read the entire letter below:
Less than 24 hours after Sterling's death, the Facebook Live video that shows the death of unarmed Philando Castille - shot by a police officer while reaching for his license in front of his girlfriend and her child - has continued to send shockwaves around America. Drake's concerns are just as the rest of us. What's next?