Drake Shares An Open Letter Reacting To The Death Of Alton Sterling

“No one begins their life as a hashtag. Yet the trend of being reduced to one continues.”

July 06, 2016

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The killing of Alton Sterling, at the hands of Baton Rouge police officers, sent shockwaves throughout social media yesterday, when cell phone footage of the deadly encounter began making its way around the internet. In the wake of the horrific events, many artists, activists, and cultural figures have come forward to express outrage, sorrow, and condolence in the wake of the horrific events.

Tonight, Drake shared an open letter on his Instagram, reacting to the death of Alton Sterling. "It's impossible to ignore that the relationship between black and brown communities and law enforcement remains as strained as it was decades ago," he wrote. "This is real and I'm concerned. Concerned for the safety of my family, my friends, and any human being that could fall victim to this pattern."

Read Drake's letter in its entirety above.

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