Several important black icons, including Drake, Kanye West, Beyoncé, and Carmelo Anthony have spoken up about police brutality following the deaths of police shooting victims Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. Now Michael B. Jordan has offered some poignant words on the topic in an Instagram post.
Jordan begins his post featuring a blacked-out image in a familiar way, noting that he still isn't sure he's found the correct words to articulate his grief following the horrific shootings that have renewed debates about police brutality and race in the United States. Jordan continues on, stating what he believes to be an undeniable truth among lots of back and forth debate. "The fact is Alton Sterling and Philando Castile were not unfortunate accidents. These are just a few of the countless incidents of violent neglect, poor training and lack of accountability that clearly illustrate one thing: Black people are being disproportionally (disproportionately) dehumanized and murdered, this must stop!"
Jordan goes on to say that senseless murders like these affect everyone in the black community and voices his concern for the families that are left to pick up the pieces in the wake of these tragedies. Still, Jordan urges everyone to keep moving forward together and come up with nonviolent solutions because violence "only begets more fear and violence." Jordan ends the post with a Martin Luther King Jr. quote, which feels more appropriate than ever.