Kim Kardashian “#BlackLivesMatter” Open Letter: “Hashtags Are Not Enough”
Kim Kardashian penned a blog post on Friday called “#BlackLivesMatter,” and in it she argues that “hashtags are not enough.” The reality star’s open letter comes in the wake of the killings of black men Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, and just hours after five Dallas police officers were fatally shot at a protest on police brutality.
Kardashian writes on KimKardashianWest.com, “Like a lot of you guys, I watched the videos, and was appalled and completely heartbroken. I was left speechless, angry and numb.” The mom of two notes, “I want my children to grow up knowing that their lives matter. I do not ever want to have to teach my son to be scared of the police, or tell him that he has to watch his back because the people we are told to trust — the people who ‘protect and serve’ — may not be protecting and serving him because of the color of his skin.”
Though she doesn’t specifically mention the Dallas tragedy, Kardashian goes on to note, “The last thing we need is to fuel anger with more hate or violence, especially toward the many incredible police officers who risk their lives every single day to protect our families and communities.” Instead, she argues, “We must peacefully use the power of our voices and the strength of our numbers to demand changes in the judicial system so that brutality doesn’t ever go unpunished.”
“It is our responsibility as Americans and as parents to create a safe future for our children. We must do something NOW. We must speak up until we are heard and real, effective changes are made,” continues Kardashian, who was also vocal last year after the death of Sandra Bland, as Gossip Cop reported at the time.
Now Kardashian lists towards the end of her entry, “Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown, Eric Garner, Freddie Gray, Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland, Sean Bell… and unfortunately so many more.” She concludes, “Hashtags are not enough. This must end now.”
Like others, such as Beyonce, Kardashian also included a link for readers to contact legislators. She also linked to fundraisers for the Sterling and Castile families, as well as to the “Black Lives Matter” website.