Kim Kardashian Writes Emotional Letter About Son In Wake Of Police Violence
Alton Sterling, who was black, was shot and killed by the police in Louisiana on Tuesday. The police were called when Sterling was selling CDs outside a store. He was being restrained by the police when they shot him.
Philando Castile, who was black, was shot and killed by the police in Minnesota on Wednesday. The police pulled him over for a busted tail light and shot him when he reached for his ID.
There were videos of both shootings that went viral, sparking outrage and demonstrations across the United States.
Kardashian said, in a note titled "#BlackLivesMatter," she watched the videos and was "appalled" by them, along with feeling "numb." She wrote about her children with Kanye West -- Saint and North. Her children are half black, so she worries about their interactions with law enforcement.
I want my children to grow up knowing that their lives matter. 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.
Kardashian went on to say although many people may be feeling angry and scared, we should not violently lash out against police officers. Instead, she said, we should use our voices peacefully.
It is our responsibility as Americans and as parents to create a safe future for our children.
Citations: Kim Kardashian West