Written by Editor:The Whistler
Following the recent killings of two black Americans Alton Sterling and Philando Castile in the United States, a host of black celebrities have come together to release a video explaining how easy it is for blacks to get killed in America.
The video titled “23 Ways You Could Be Killed If You Are Black In America”, featured the likes of Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Janelle Monae, Talib Kweli, Jennifer Hudson, Pink, Chris Rock, Taraji P. Henson, Rihanna, Kevin Hart, and others.
At the end Alicia Keys says, “The time for change is now, we demand radical transformation to heal the long history of systemic racism so that all Americans have the equal right to live and to pursue happiness.”
This year alone, the Guardian has documented 136 black victims of U.S. police killings so far. Out of those 136 victims, all but six of them died as a result of police gunfire. Nineteen of them were unarmed.
But in 2015, according to the Guardian‘s findings, the rate of African-Americans killed at the hands of police was the highest by a very wide margin — 7.27 black victims per one million people, or 306 African-Americans out of a year-long toll of 1,146 victims of police killings.
In Oakland, California, between 2004 and 2008, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) reported that out of 45 officer-involved shootings in the city , 37 of those shot were black. None were white. One-third of the shootings resulted in fatalities. Although weapons were not found in 40 percent of cases.