Kim Kardashian is adding her voice to the conversation against police brutality in the Black community and encouraging everyone to get involved in the fight against injustice.
A mother of two with young children whose African-American and Armenian heritage certainly gives her reason to worry about them growing up in a world where people who look like them are disregarded and killed by those paid to “serve and protect” them, Kim took to her personal website on Friday afternoon with a message addressing the recent police murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.
“This week we watched Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, two innocent black men, get senselessly murdered by police officers,” she began. “Like a lot of you guys, I watched the videos, and was appalled and completely heartbroken. I was left speechless, angry and numb.”
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Kim continued on to add that raising her son to fear police officers who may see him as a threat simply because of the color of his skin isn’t something she wants to have to do. “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.” She also briefly touched on the responsibility of parents to ensure safe futures for their children by demanding change until it happens, before closing out the letter with information on how people can get involved.
“Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown, Eric Garner, Freddie Gray, Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland, Sean Bell … and unfortunately so many more,” she concluded. “Hashtags are not enough. This must end now.”
You can read Kim’s full letter here.
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