Following the fatal shootings this week by police officers of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and of Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, celebrities including Lin-Manuel Miranda, Amy Schumer, Missy Elliott, and Jesse Williams took to social media to voice their love and support for the victims and their families, as well as their frustration over police brutality and racial injustice.
"Love to Louisiana," tweeted Schumer, who has been outspoken on the issue of gun violence ever since a gunman killed two and injured nine during a showing of her 2015 movie Trainwreck at a movie theater in Lafayette, La.
"In the interest of time, would ye noble patriots please provide a list of infractions punishable by spontaneous public execution? Thanks!" tweeted Jesse Williams.
Plenty more joined the conversation:
Philando Castile. Alton Sterling.— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) July 7, 2016
Never coming home.
Black lives matter. Not just as a hashtag, not just in all caps, in real life.
If you can watch that video & not feel sorrow and pain for #AltonSterling's children, then you're not human.— jurnee smollett (@jurneesmollett) July 7, 2016
Heartbroken for #altonsterling's family and friends.— P!nk (@Pink) July 6, 2016
#altonsterling I am just heartbroken today for his family. We need change. 😔— Jenna Dewan Tatum (@jennaldewan) July 6, 2016
Another day, another hashtag. You didn't deserve this, brother. You didn't deserve this. #PhilandoCastile— NE-YO (@NeYoCompound) July 7, 2016
Praying for Lavish Reynolds and her 4 year old daughter & #PhilandoCastile's mother. Black women deserve BETTER! I'm disgusted & heartbroken— Orlando Jones (@TheOrlandoJones) July 7, 2016