A popular Twitter post is being recirculated after the deaths of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and five Dallas police officers. Though it's two years old, its sentiment has again become relevant, as @ByronGrafitti questions who black people's allies are in times of social injustice:
All my black men out here begging for foreign girls & mixed babies. You see these beautiful black women defending us? Where's your Kim k's?— House of Niggrocity (@ByronGraffiti) December 3, 2014
Today (July 8) the leader of the pack, Kim Kardashian West, spoke up. A "BLACK LIVES MATTER" tweet led followers to an open letter posted on her website.
Kardashian West, who is married to Kanye West and has two biracial children, is often criticized for posting half-naked selfies while everyone else on social media is earnestly responding to tragedy. Here's what she posted on Twitter the day after Castile was murdered:
Pre photo shoot fittings pic.twitter.com/ltO2fC5DGZ— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) July 7, 2016
But on Friday she published a letter stating, among other things, that she wants her children to grow up knowing their lives matter. She urges Americans and parents to peacefully demand change to create a safe future for their kids. Here's the transcript:
"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."
She also included links for people to donate to the families of Sterling and Castile, and to contact their local legislators.