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London to hold peaceful vigil for Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, victims of police brutality

London will respond to the killing of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling by law enforcement with a vigil in Southbank. Taking place today (July 8) at Southbank Skate Park at 6:30pm, the vigil will be a peaceful gathering to “show respect to the victims of police brutality and pay tribute to their families,” writes singer-songwriter Etta Bond.

It comes after the deaths – Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Tuesday and Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, on Wednesday – were both partially filmed then widely shared on social media. Sterling and Castile’s deaths are the latest in a long string of police shootings to lead to outrage, particularly from the Black Lives Matter and racial justice movements against racial disparities in the criminal justice system. To many critics, it is just another example of an issue that quickly rose to the national spotlight after the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, in August 2014.

The news has sparked a range of emotions online and also inspired celebrities to take action. Beyoncé, Stormzy, Drake, Etta Bond and Jay Z are among the latest musicians using their star power to speak out against injustice, to spark a change in regards to police brutality. 



I wish I had the answers to solve the fuckery that's going on right now but tbh I don't have a clue...all I can do is urge everyone to do more, that's what I'm gonna do. Protest, march, donate, speak out, call out bullshit, build within your community, help those in need etc. whatever it is that needs to be done. And don't be the stupid idiot who thinks because we live in the UK that this isn't an issue for us to take on, don't be the stupid idiot who thinks because we live in the UK that black people don't experience racism from the police, don't be so flipping naive. We have black brothers and sisters dying in the states and we'd be cowards to just brush it off, this is all of our problems. That could easily be me or my lil brother or my sisters, I ain't waiting for this poisonous, weak, racist, trigger happy mentality to spread around the world before we do something. Stop killing my fucking people smh, I won't even lie, when the first series of police killing black people sprung up I thought smh this is fucked and had a passive attitude towards it but as times gone on you have to just think...are these racist Feds just gonna wake up everyday and kill innocent black people? Like'm gonna kill a black kid and get away with it've lost your fucking mind mate. We ain't having it anymore, fuck that. This isn't a black vs white thing either, don't let them twang you into thinking it's that, but what I will say is that no one should be sitting back and watching this. If you choose to turn a blind eye to this you're a part of the problem, regardless of your skin colour. This isn't me speaking out because it looks politically correct or because it's the right thing to do coz I proper couldn't give a flying fuck tbh. this is coming from Michael a black man who has had enough of racist dickheads thinking they can wake up and kill my people. You can't, we ain't having it no more. Do your bit. Enough is enough mate, I ain't waiting till a fed kills one of my bredrins before I rise up. And please stop thinking this is a strictly American thing you dumb fucks, Feds have been violating the mandem for YEARS. Smh.

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