This week the world was rocked by the tragic deaths of and at the hands of U.S. law enforcement. Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota were gunned down in two separate incidents indicative of a wider problem. A lot of public figures and musicians took to their social media platforms to offer condolences, their thoughts on the tragedies, how to move on, and to pledge support and send their prayers to the victims' families.

Today, UK grime MC Stormzy took to his Instagram to share his thoughts on the tragedy and to emphasise the importance of the UK standing side by side with our American brothers and sisters. Take heed below.

 

I wish I had the answers to solve the fuckery that's going on right now but tbh I don't have a clue...all I can do is urge everyone to do more, that's what I'm gonna do. Protest, march, donate, speak out, call out bullshit, build within your community, help those in need etc. whatever it is that needs to be done. And don't be the stupid idiot who thinks because we live in the UK that this isn't an issue for us to take on, don't be the stupid idiot who thinks because we live in the UK that black people don't experience racism from the police, don't be so flipping naive. We have black brothers and sisters dying in the states and we'd be cowards to just brush it off, this is all of our problems. That could easily be me or my lil brother or my sisters, I ain't waiting for this poisonous, weak, racist, trigger happy mentality to spread around the world before we do something. Stop killing my fucking people smh, I won't even lie, when the first series of police killing black people sprung up I thought smh this is fucked and had a passive attitude towards it but as times gone on you have to just think...are these racist Feds just gonna wake up everyday and kill innocent black people? Like yeah...today...I'm gonna kill a black kid and get away with it lol...you've lost your fucking mind mate. We ain't having it anymore, fuck that. This isn't a black vs white thing either, don't let them twang you into thinking it's that, but what I will say is that no one should be sitting back and watching this. If you choose to turn a blind eye to this you're a part of the problem, regardless of your skin colour. This isn't me speaking out because it looks politically correct or because it's the right thing to do coz I proper couldn't give a flying fuck tbh. this is coming from Michael a black man who has had enough of racist dickheads thinking they can wake up and kill my people. You can't, we ain't having it no more. Do your bit. Enough is enough mate, I ain't waiting till a fed kills one of my bredrins before I rise up. And please stop thinking this is a strictly American thing you dumb fucks, Feds have been violating the mandem for YEARS. Smh.

A photo posted by #MERKY (@stormzyofficial) on Jul 8, 2016 at 5:06am PDT

 

#BlackLivesMatter.