“23 Ways You Could Be Killed If You Are Black In America” (2016) is a video about extrajudicial killings in the US. It features Alicia Keys, Beyonce, Bono and others.
The video is embedded above, the words are below:
“23 ways you could be killed if you are Black in America.
Alicia Keys & We Are Here Movement standing up and speaking out.
- Alicia Keys: Failing to signal a lane change (Sandra Bland).
- Beyonce: Riding in your girlfriend’s car with a child in the back (Philando Castile).
- Chris Rock: Running to the bathroom in your own apartment (Ramarley Graham).
- Pink: Selling cigarettes outside of a corner store (Eric Garner).
- Talib Kweli: Riding a commuter train (Oscar Grant).
- Janelle Monae: Walking home with a friend (Gregg Gunn).
- Chance: Making eye contact (Freddie Gray).
- Taraji P. Henson: Selling CDs outside of a supermarket (Alton Sterling).
- Pharrell: Wearing a hoodie (Trayvon Martin).
- Common: Walking away from police (Mario Woods).
- Queen Latifah: Walking towards police (Laquan McDonald).
- Kevin Hart: Missing a front licence plate (Samuel Dubose).
- Rosario Dawson: Holding a fake gun in a park in Ohio (Tamir Rice).
- Swizz Beatz: Driving with a broken brake light (Walter L. Scott).
- Lenny Kravitz: Sitting in your car before your bachelor party (Sean Bell).
- Zoe Kravitz: Walking up the stairwell of your apartment building (Akai Gurley).
- Asap Rocky: Calling for help after an accident (Renisha McBride).
- Jada Pinkett Smith: Holding a fake gun in Virginia (India M. Beaty).
- Bono: On the way to Bible study (Cynthia Hurd, Susie Jackson, Ethel Lance, Rev. Depayne Middleton-Doctor, Hon. Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Tywanza Sanders, Rev. Daniel Simmons Sr, Rev. Sharonda Singleton, Myra Thompson).
- Jennifer Hudson: Holding a fake gun in Walmart (John Crawford III)
- Van Jones: Laughing (Rekia Boyd).
- Tracee Ellis Ross: Holding a wallet (Amadou Diallo).
- Adam Levine: For attending a birthday party (Jamar Clark).
In other words, just for being Black in America and…
Maxwell: doing absolutely nothing.
These everyday actions can be seen as…
Rihanna: not servile enough.
Alicia Keys: Go to weareheremovement.com to tell President Obama and Congress that the time is for change is now. 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.”
The We Are Here Movement was founded by Alicia Keys with a million dollars of her own money. It supports causes like ending mass incarceration, helping refugees, and pushing for education for girls in poor countries. It has a petition in favour of the Sentencing Reform Act now before Congress.
“As we enter the homestretch of Obama’s presidency, now is the time to come to terms with the inequities our fellow Americans have suffered throughout our history and make it right.”
President Obama visited Dallas, Texas where five police officers were killed last week – but not Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where Alton Sterling was killed by police, nor Falcon Heights, Minnesota, where Philando Castile was killed by police. Just as if Obama “doesn’t care about Black people”.
– Abagond, 2016.
- Langston Hughes: Kids Who Die
- Barack Obama
- mass incarceration
- posts about celebrities featured in the video: