Kim Kardashian Pens #BLACKLIVESMATTER Blog Post: 'We Must Peacefully Use the Power of Our Voices'
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Following the mass shooting that took the lives of five police officers during a police protest in Dallas on Thursday, Kim Kardashian has joined numerous celebrities in speaking out against the recent tragedies that have shaken the world.
The news came just days after two men, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, were shot and killed by police in two separate incidents in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Falcon Heights, Minnesota. Kardashian took to her blog to share her opinions on the shootings in a post titled, "#STRAIGHTUP #BLACKLIVESMATTER."
"This week we watched Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, two innocent black men, get senselessly murdered by police officers," the 35-year-old reality star wrote. "Like a lot of you guys, I watched the videos, and was appalled and completely heartbroken. I was left speechless, angry and numb."
Kardashian, who shares two children -- North, 3, and Saint, 7 months -- with husband Kanye West, said she doesn't want her kids to live in fear.
"I want my children to grow up knowing that their lives matter," she continued. "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," the Selfish author added. "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."
She then encouraged her fans to follow in her footsteps by speaking out on the matter, including links to donation pages for the families of Sterling and Castile, the official #BLACKLIVESMATTER website and the United States House of Representatives' 'Find Your Representative' page.
"It is our responsibility as Americans and as parents to create a safe future for our children," Kardashian urged. "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," she wrote in conclusion. "This must end now."
While many celebrities have taken to social media to use their platforms to help enact change and raise awareness, Nick Cannon took to the streets of New York City to protest. The America's Got Talent host shared photos via Instagram of himself marching through the streets with a megaphone.
"Me and my Squad out here taking our streets back!!" he captioned one of the snaps. "@hawk.newsome and my team shutting NY down for #altonsterling #philandocastile and all injustice #BlackLivesMatter Don't just Hashtag it Be about it!"
"I'm done talking! Now we're forcing change!" another post read. "#NCREDIBLE... PEACE! PEACE! PEACE! A life is a life. No human has the right to take another human's life! Peace is the message here! DON'T GET DISTRACTED… Hands up Don't Shoot! 'An Eye for an Eye leaves Everybody Blind.' Dr. Martin Luther King."
ET caught up with Cannon at the Perry Ellis Men's Fashion Week Fitting a few hours before he began his protest. Hear more on his reaction to the tragic events in the video below.