New Jersey celebrities have taken to social media with heartbreak, sadness and anger to the shootings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota at the hands of police officers. They expressed their condolences to the victims’ families and anger over these latest injustices, following the deaths in recent years of Michael Brown, Eric Garner and many other black men in similar circumstances, which collectively spawned the Black Lives Matter movement.
DJ Envy, who’s based in Kinnelon, and is father to two sons and two daughters with wife Gia Casey (a third daughter is on the way), wrote on Instagram, “My son walked into my room this morning and said ‘Dad, they killed another1 of us’ I said who is they… ‘He said who always kills us.. the police.'”
Faith Evans posted a video of her singing rapper J. Cole‘s “Be Free,” written to honor Michael Brown.
Puff Daddy posted about both Sterling and Castile, calling for justice.
Missy Elliott posted several heartfelt tweets about both men’s deaths.
Smh! What is the world coming to! A child in the car to? Really! If u have a heart u gotta feel this???? so many emotions!
— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) July 7, 2016
Anne Hathaway quoted President Barack Obama’s public statement about the shootings in her tribute to both men.
"To admit we've got a serious problem in no way contradicts our respect and appreciation for the vast majority of police officers who put their lives on the line to protect us every single day. It is to say that, as a nation, we can and must do better to institute the best practices that reduce the appearance or reality of racial bias in law enforcement." -@barackobama (Learn more and help at the link in my bio.) #philandocastile #altonsterling #blacklivesmatter
Jersey Belle star Jaime Primak Sullivan posted the viral video by African American police officer Nakia Jones, who spoke out against these horrific incidents.
Jane the Virgin and Orange Is the New Black star Diane Guerrero posted stark, powerful images about both Sterling and Castile.
"Stop telling us our experience is an illusion" Why are innocent people dying in the hands of the police? The police are meant to PROTECT US! This needs to stop. This is not an attack on police enforcement or white people, this is a protest against the systemic racism that has been cultivated in this country. #altonsterling #blacklivesmatter JULY 2016 ????
Susan Sarandon posted numerous photos and news articles on Twitter expressing her outrage.
This is so wrong. So infuriating. To treat her and her daughter as criminals. https://t.co/yZ61mCWiQy
— Susan Sarandon (@SusanSarandon) July 7, 2016
Alicia Keys expressed her heartbreak in a simple photo.
— Alicia Keys (@aliciakeys) July 8, 2016
Ali Larter sent her love to the family of Alton Sterling in a caption of a photo of her wearing a t-shirt saying “More gratitude more kindness.”
Winslow native Jordan Burroughs, a 2012 Olympic gold medalist in freestyle wrestling, wrote a series of outspoken Tweets on Thursday, writing that there are “Too many cops shooting civilians out of fear.”
Police force needs to reevaluate their selection process and training methods. Too many cops shooting civilians out of fear.
— Jordan Burroughs (@alliseeisgold) July 7, 2016