Hip-Hop, Hollywood, and social media respond to the murder of Philando Castile


On the heels of the unjustifiable murder of Louisiana native, Alton Sterling, a police officer shot and killed a man named Philando Castile during a routine traffic stop in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, on Wednesay.

Today, the African American community is in upheaval as the graphic images of Philando’s murder–streamed via Facebook Live and narrated by his girlfriend, Lavish Reynolds,–circulates the internet.
“Stay with me,” Lavish says to her dying boyfriend as his blood soaks into his all white T-shirt at the top of the video…
The shooting officer continues to point his firearm at the victim while Lavish records Philando’s last few gasps of air before his demise.
“Please don’t tell me he’s dead. Please don’t tell me my boyfriend just went like that,” Lavish said after explaining that Philando was merely reaching for his identification, per the St. Anthony Police Department officer’s instruction, before the cop opened fire.
According to the footage, the policeman —who can be heard saying, “I told him not to reach for it, I told him to get his hand out,” on film–shot the 32-year-old school cafeteria worker four times while Lavish and her 4-year-old daughter watched helplessly.
Hours ago, the victim’s mother, Valerie Castile, described her son as a “very good person,” during an interview with CNN. “I didn’t want my son to die alone,” she later said when recounting the moment she arrived at the scene of Philando’s murder.

In light of Philando’s death, many–including  Chance The Rapper, Meek Mill,  Susan Surandon, Keri Hilson, and T.I. –have taken to Twitter to express their outrage and dismay over the senseless acts of violence that continue to haunt the African American community at the hands of law enforcement.




What are you going to do when you're the last BLACK MAN on earth ?!?!? That's a question that someone is going to have to answer one day if they keep killing us like this !!!! #PhilandoCastille shot in cold blood as he sat next to his girlfriend after reaching for his identification as instructed by the officer SMFH !!!! & as soon as his girlfriend posted it… FACEBOOK removed it & DELETED her page !!!! They are exterminating us like we are fuckin rats out here people !!!!!!! I don't have anything cool, educated or peaceful to say… This shit is really fucking krazy !!!!! I cannot believe that a day after #AltonSterling is murdered…. Another white cop kills another BLACK MAN while complying !!!! We are DOOMED whether we stand up or not !!! We don't care like our grandparents & parents did !!!! We are weakened by this new age & purposely blinded by these mothafuckas while they KILL US ALL ONE BY ONE !!!! ITS TAKING EVERYTHING INSIDE ME NOT TO FUEL MY RAGE !!!!!!! THEY DONT HAVE MUCH LONGER !!!!!! CAN YALL NOT SEE WTF THEYRE DOING TO US ??? WE ARE DYING PEOPLE…… DYING !!!

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