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Macklemore Says Police Brutality Will Stop When Whites Care Enough

How many more murders of black people by police before we hold our system and those that enforce it accountable? The footage of Alton Sterling being murdered by a police officer is equal parts horrific, infuriating and devastating. How many times can we watch a family at a press conference in hysterics over the killing of their loved one? Murdered by those that have been assigned to protect us. What do we do in times like these? It's a question for everyone, but specifically white people. The systematic oppression that enables a murder like this, will be corrected once white people care enough to change it. Alton Sterling didn't create this problem. This is hundreds of years of conditioning. We have been told our entire lives that people that look like Alton Sterling, selling CD's outside of a store, are a threat to our society. The news, TV, movies, jails, history books, schools and our laws all uphold this false belief. A person isn't born fearing someone because of the color of their skin. This fear is taught, crafted and instilled in the fabric of our American lives. And although we make strides and progress is measurable at times, I can't help but think….If I was put in the exact same situation that Alton was in, I would be alive today…Because of the color of my skin. And he's dead because of his. I often don't know what to do during these moments. It becomes easier to vent on social media than to take direct action. Here's a couple things I've gotten hip to in the last 2 years. 1: Financially support black led organizations. Put your resources behind people of color that are at the forefront of the movement 2: Do a People's Institute "Undoing racism" training. One of the most eye opening and important tools to understanding our past in relation to the work that needs to be done. The website is http://www.pisab.org 3: Have conversations about race. In real life. With people that look like you and people that don't. RIP #altonsterling

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The video of Alton Sterling’s death at the hand of Baton Rouge police officers has inspired outrage and anger across the country, with many in hip-hop taking to social media to share their thoughts on what has become too frequent of a tragedy. For Macklemore, who has participated in Black Lives Matter rallies in the past, and even penned a song about his experiences with them, the issue of ending this string of injustices starts with his

“What do we do in times like these?” he asks in the above Instagram post. “It’s a question for everyone, but specifically white people. The systematic oppression that enables a murder like this, will be corrected once white people care enough to change it.” He goes on, saying that the fear and hatred engrained into our society isn’t natural. “A person isn’t born fearing someone because of the color of their skin. This fear is taught, crafted and instilled in the fabric of our American lives. And although we make strides and progress is measurable at times, I can’t help but think….If I was put in the exact same situation that Alton was in, I would be alive today…Because of the color of my skin.”

Mack then goes on to lay out a few actions people can take beyond simply venting online, including putting money behind black led organizations, and enrolling in an “undoing racism” seminar, which he calls “one of the most eye opening and important tools to understanding our past in relation to the work that needs to be done.”

Hip-Hop Reacts to Alton Sterling’s Death

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