Earlier this morning, Compton rappers The Game and Snoop Dogg led a march of about 50 men down to the LA Police Department. This came after the unfortunate deaths of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and a number of police officers earlier this week.
The two rappers organized this march via Instagram, saying that the goal was to, “make the Californian government & it’s law branches aware that from today forward, we will be UNIFIED as minorities & we will no longer allow them to hunt us or be hunted by us!!!” They called for men of all races to join together, and about 50 men joined in.
The group marched to the LAPD Headquarters, where a police graduation was happening, and Snoop Dogg said, “You get some dialogue and understanding with the new recruits before they hit the streets so that way they know that we just like them.” Their aim was to show the police that they wanted to greet them with peace.
Snoop Dogg and The Game had a meeting with key police officials, Police Chief Charlie Beck, and L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti. The meeting brought Beck to tears and it was agreed upon that change has to be brought about quickly and non-violently. Hopefully this is the first major step in dialogue between law enforcement and the Black Lives Matter movement.
Meanwhile, Toronto native Drake posted an open letter about Alton Sterling’s death on his Instagram. He said Sterling’s death left him, “disheartened, emotional, and truly scared.” He went on to say, “No one begins their life as a hashtag. Yet the trend of being reduced to one continues.”
His brief but powerful statement called for more peaceful dialogue between police and the black community. Other celebrities such as Kanye West, Rihanna, and Beyoncé have all responded to the tragic events of this week.
As tensions between people of colour and law enforcement continue to escalate, I hope more people with platforms will use their voice and speak out against the horrors of police brutality. Go hug your families and make it known that you’re not okay with these horrible injustices occurring in the black community.