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Many artists in the hip-hop community have used their reach to address the tragic killing of Alton Sterling by police officers in Baton Rouge, LA. Rappers like Kanye West, Big Boi, Killer Mike, and T.I. have shared video and thoughts on the matter, and countless others have joined the conversation.
Drake’s social media platforms are usually focused on promoting music and tours, but last night he used his Instagram account to deliver an open letter to fans, sharing his feelings on the death of Alton Sterling and the relationship between black/brown communities and law enforcement.
“I am grateful to be able to call America my second home,” the letter starts. “Last night when I saw the video of Alton Sterling being killed it left me feeling disheartened, emotional, and truly scared. I woke up this morning with a strong need to say something.”
“I do not know the answer,” he admits. “But I believe things can change for the better. Open and honest dialogue is the first step.”
This morning, we woke up to more bad news. Another black man was shot and killed by a police officer in Minnesota.
See Drake’s full letter below.