Celebs Powerfully List 23 Times Black Americans Have Been Killed For Doing Absolutely Nothing

It's time for a change.

The graphic videos of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile's deaths provoked, once again, widespread outrage at how the African American community is treated by the authorities, and by extension, society. 

In Sterling's case, he was selling CDs at his usual haunt, a grocery store whose owner he was friendly with, when two officers wrestled to him to the ground and put multiple bullets in him. Castile was driving with his daughter and girlfriend in the car when the cops pulled him over and killed him. And these stories, so commonplace in recent years — think Tamir Rice, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Freddie Gray and so many more — are as baffling as they are atrocious.  

Mic recently created a video to drive home the severity of the problem. Enlisting the help of celebrities like Alicia Keys, Beyoncé, A$AP Rocky, Chris Rock and more, the video describes the 23 ways you could be killed if you're black in America, each a true account of how black people have died — "at the hands of police, vigilantes empowered by police, or white supremacists tacitly enabled by the criminal justice system," wrote Jamilah King at Mic.


The video is a gripping reminder of the realities of black life in America, as well as a powerful call for change.

Along with the organization We Are Here, Mic is advocating for people to sign a petition addressed to President Obama and Congress asserting the need for change and equality.

"We demand radical transformation to heal the long history of systemic racism so that all Americans have the equal right to live and to pursue happiness," Alicia Keys said at the video's end.

Watch the full video here:


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