The murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile by the hands of policeman have inspired many to stand up and voice calls to action. Today, Kim Kardashian joins Drake, Beyoncé, and other famous figures in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
In a letter shared on her personal website, Kardashian expresses her anger, heartbreak, and fear for her children’s lives. “I want my children to grow up knowing that their lives matter,” she writes. “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.” Kardashian goes on to remind us of our “responsibility as Americans and as parents” to ensure the future is safe for our kids. She calls for real action now—be it speaking up or more. “The last thing we need is to fuel anger with more hate and violence,” she continues before stressing the importance of respecting “the many incredible police officers” that honor the oath they took when they donned the blue uniform.
Kardashian goes on to demand justice. She ends by naming a few of the hundreds of black men and women who have been murdered by police, including Sterling, Castile, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Sandra Bland, and more. “Hashtags are not enough,” she finishes. “This must end now.”
Read Kardashian’s full letter here.