With yet another deadly shooting of a black man by police in the United States, the situation is getting harder and harder to watch. Unfortunately, it seems we are just getting over one tragedy when another strikes. While many groups and celebrities are very vocal in the Black Lives Matter movement, there are a few people who have remained notably silent on the big issues. One of these people is our very own Drake, but this morning he broke his silence.
‘I woke up this morning with a strong need to say something,’ he writes. He expresses his sadness at the event and fear for his family as well as anyone else who could become a victim. He goes on to say how unbelievably wrong it is for real people to be reduced to hashtags in this cycle of fear, violence, and constant resistance to progress.
He calls ‘honest dialogue’ the first step toward a change for the better and sends thoughts and prayers to the Sterling family. Most of the comments on the post have been positive, thanking him for adding his influential voice to the conversation.
Will Drake’s comments help the BLM movement make more headway? Maybe, maybe not, but support for each other and generating more dialogue about this pattern of violence, as he mentioned, is an important first step.