Beyonce Calls for Action Against Police Brutality: "We Need Everyone to Respect Our Lives"

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"We're going to stand up as a community and fight against anyone who believes that murder or any violent action by those who are sworn to protect us should consistently go unpunished," the singer writes in a powerful open letter following the recent deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.

Beyonce is urging her fans, followers and the larger community to take a stand against the recent fatal police shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.

In a moving open letter posted Thursday on her official website, the superstar singer pleads with readers to channel their "anger and frustration" over the deaths of both black men into action. 

"We don't need sympathy. We need everyone to respect our lives," she writes. "We're going to stand up as a community and fight against anyone who believes that murder or any violent action by those who are sworn to protect us should consistently go unpunished."

Beyonce goes on to call for an end to the "war on people of color" and provides links to contact members of Congress and protest the deaths of Sterling and Castile.

Sterling was pinned down and shot by police outside of a convenience store in Baton Rouge, La., on Tuesday. Just one day later, 32-year-old Castile was shot and killed in the front seat of a car after being pulled over for a broken tail light in Falcon Heights, Minn.

"Fear is not an excuse. Hate will not win," the letter continues. "We must use our voices to contact the politicians and legislators in our districts and demand social and judicial changes."

Read the post in full below.

We are sick and tired of the killings of young men and women in our communities.

It is up to us to take a stand and demand that they "stop killing us."

We don’t need sympathy. We need everyone to respect our lives.

We’re going to stand up as a community and fight against anyone who believes that murder or any violent action by those who are sworn to protect us should consistently go unpunished.

These robberies of lives make us feel helpless and hopeless but we have to believe that we are fighting for the rights of the next generation, for the next young men and women who believe in good.

This is a human right. No matter your race, gender or sexual orientation. This is a fight for anyone who feels marginalized, who is struggling for freedom and human rights.

This is not a plea to all police officers but toward any human being who fails to value life. The war on people of color and all minorities needs to be over.

Fear is not an excuse. Hate will not win.

We all have the power to channel our anger and frustration into action. We must use our voices to contact the politicians and legislators in our districts and demand social and judicial changes.

While we pray for the families of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, we will also pray for an end to this plague of injustice in our communities.

Click in to contact the politicians and legislators in your area. Your voice will be heard.

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