Drake Writes Poignant Letter in Light of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile Shootings

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

In times of despair, people look upwards to those in power, their idols and celebrities for hope and clarity. Last night, Drake posted a letter in light of the Alton Sterling and Philando Castile shootings, calling for “open and honest dialogue.”

“I am grateful to be able to call America my second home,” Drake’s letter begins. “Last night when I saw the video of Alton Sterling being killed it left me feeling disheartened, emotional, and truly scared. I woke up this morning with a strong need to say something.”

The rapper then pointed out how the “strained” relationship between “black and brown communities” and law enforcement hasn’t improved in decades. He also noted that all too often, people are reduced to hashtags when their lives are taken as a result of police brutality.

“This is real and I’m concerned,” Drake writes. “Concerned for the safety of my family, my friends, and any human being that could fall victim to this pattern. I do not know the answer. But I believe things can change for the better. Open and honest dialogue is the first step.”

Thoughts and prayers are with the Sterling and Castile families and those close to them. Read Drake’s letter in full here, via Instagram.