As the world mourns two more senseless killings of Black men by the hands of the police, the fashion community is speaking out about the injustices of the system. Both men — whose deaths were captured on video — are at the center of the latest outcry for justice.
From celebrity stylist June Ambrose to supermodel Jourdan Dunn, this is what the fashion industry has to say about police brutality.
I woke up on a high this morning. Full of joy and energy and thankful to God for another day. Then I scrolled through social media to find yet another black man's first and last name with a hashtag in front of it. After seeing that video of #PhilandoCastile just a day after witnessing the murder of #AltonSterling on social media, I'm in a dark place. Not just because of these senseless murders but because we have no idea how many MORE of these murders of our men happen daily that simply don't get national attention because nobody has a camera to report them. Who's next? God help us. #BlackLivesMatter
My heart goes out to Mr. Sterling's family and the Baton Rouge community. The video footage is clear as day, he was brutally shot while immobilized. This is the America that I hate. Because it allows police to gun down my brothers and sisters with disregard for our lives. #blacklivesmatter #altonsterling #endpolicebrutality #prayforamerica
I had to take down the video of two cops on top of #AltonSterling as they shot him in cold blood because of Instagram policy and out of respect for his loved ones. But I will speak my piece. I've been angry and in pain all day. I'm choked up. Look at OUR reality!!!! This is America for US! How is it that I can see people and brands post "Pray for Paris", "Pray for Orlando" and be in an uproar over the gorilla at the zoo getting shot but every time a black man gets murdered it's crickets!!!! Wtf!!!! I even see people caring more about damn animals over black people!!! We are humans just like you! Don't make us less human by justifying it or having your first response be “Let’s wait to hear all sides of this.” Come on!!!!! And cops need to start protesting against racism in the force and stop keeping their mouths closed!!! When I hurt, I hurt for all people regardless of race or background. Do not selectively mourn, it's inhumane. #blacklivesmatter #AltonSterling #checkyourself #murderers #blackgenocide
…and this is our 2016. Please everyone BLACK, WHITE, LATINO, ASIAN, ALL RACES and CULTURES- Ask yourself, how can I be apart of change? What is it that I can do in my own neighborhood with my own peers, within my job- to help!! (Stop being silent and speak up!) – Its not about another hashtag, its about coming together to figure out- WHAT, HOW and WHEN will this change? The lives of Black Humans are not being respected. And as "uncomfortable" as it may feel to discuss with people who may not understand- knowledge and continuing conversation is the only way we can fix this! A solution is out there, we just need to come together to find it & make it stick! #BlackLivesMatter #itsaMovementtobringAwareness (Don't beat it down, instead- join it! Everyone's welcomed)
I know my feed is usually shoes, nailpolish, and other ephemera but a moment of seriousness: as a new(ish) mom, it was very, very, very difficult this morning to hear the voice of a four year old girl comforting her mother after yet another senseless shooting. I didn’t know how to express my profound sadness over this but my poet friend @cleowade (as usual) did. One of the most important things for the next generation is to have a voice—what’s happening right now is Not Right. Speak up for others and don’t let things like this slip quietly into the past #blacklivesmatter
If a cop is deathly afraid of the constituents of the neighborhood he serves, then he doesn't belong there! If he doesn't see their HUMANITY— bevysmith (@bevysmith) July 7, 2016