Beyoncé has posted a powerful call to arms in response to the recent killings of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling by US police officers.

She’s asked her followers – which number in the many, many millions – to protest the recent deaths of these men, “no matter your race, gender or sexual orientation.”

“It is up to us to take a stand and demand that they ‘stop killing us’,” she wrote in a post on her website. “We don’t need sympathy. We need everyone to respect our lives.”

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Beyoncé Pens Call-To-Action On Black Shootings: “Robbery Of Life” Must StopBeyoncé Pens Call-To-Action On Black Shootings: “Robbery Of Life” Must Stop

Alton Sterling was shot multiple times at point blank range by police officers while selling CDs in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Tuesday; Philando Castile was shot multiple times by a police officer who had pulled him over for a busted tail light in Falcon Heights, Minnesota yesterday. Both shootings prompted a mass public outcry and strong accusations of racism against the officers involved. (Investigations have been launched into both shootings.) 

Beyoncé Pens Call-To-Action On Black Shootings: “Robbery Of Life” Must Stop

Alton Sterling (L) & Philando Castile (R); both images supplied by their families.

You’d also have to be blind to pop culture to have missed Beyoncé’s ramped-up effort with the Black Lives Matter movement. Her album Lemonade was as much about the experience of the black woman in America as it was about her marriage to Jay Z – it including appearances from the mothers of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, holding photographs of their dead sons. Bey’s game-changing Formation video clip also touched on police violence, including this powerful visual:

Beyoncé Pens Call-To-Action On Black Shootings: “Robbery Of Life” Must Stop

Bey provides a call to arms for American citizens to protest online / contact their Congressman or woman; our US readers can find those links here.

Source: Beyonce.com. 
Photo: Instagram / @beyonce; Supplied.