To everyone who clicked this here article just to scoff at the concept of Kim Kardashian having an opinion on the tumultuous world of race and politics, this right here is your safe eye-rolling space. For the remainder of this paragraph, you have free license to rag on her to anyone in your immediate vicinity. Go on, let it rip.
With that out of the way: the latest post on her website is a concise, free-to-read statement that calls for Americans to push for changes to the judicial system with the goal of eradicating police brutality. Using the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile as a starting point, the piece urges readers to “speak up until we are heard and real, effective changes are made.”
It’s hardly a ground-breaking sentiment, but when one of the most prominent figures in the entertainment industry – in a niche that seems as far removed from politics as possible – uses her considerable clout to call fans to non-violent action, it’s cause for attention.
Even moreso when the post offers direct links to crowdfunding campaigns supporting the families of Sterling and Castile, the Black Lives Matter movement, and a directory of United States House representatives.
The nation’s racial climate isn’t something she’s viewed as a passive outsider, either. In the statement, she outlines the fears she has for her children, saying a world where Saint can’t trust law enforcement isn’t a world she wants to raise him in.
Read the full statement below:
“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.”
Of course, readers have been corralled to that post by the below Instagram update. Is the hashtag enough? Definitely not, but if anybody on this planet knows how to use social media to provoke actual change, it’d be her.
Source: Kim Kardashian.
Photo: Anthony Ghnassia / Getty.