Kim Kardashian is the newest on the list of celebrities responding to the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. On her website, the television personality posted a letter saying that she was “appalled and completely heartbroken…speechless, angry, and numb.”
She elaborates on her frustration by saying: “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.”
Kim ends the piece by listing the names of the most notable victims over the past few years, a link to find your local legislator to demand action, links to donation for the Castile and Sterling families, and a link to the Black Lives Matter movement website.
Some, like myself, appreciate her letter but are skeptical of her motives as she has remained silent in the face of other instances of police violence in the past. Many claim that Kim only cares to comment on the issue when it directly affects her children.
Read the full letter below and let us know what you think:
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.
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.
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.
Hashtags are not enough. This must end now.