Singer tweets movement's petition after the likes of Beyoncé, Chance The Rapper and Alicia Keys appeared in a video listing "23 Ways You Could Be Killed If You Are Black in America"
Rihanna has voiced her support for the #23Ways campaign, which aims to instil greater racial justice in the US.
After appearing in a promotional YouTube video for the campaign that was released yesterday, Rihanna has reiterated her support for the We Are Here Movement behind the initiative this evening (July 14) by tweeting a link to their petition to her 62.7 million followers on the social platform.
Encouraging her followers to join her in “demanding change”, the petition itself is addressed to President Obama and US Congress with the message that “the time for change is now. We must right our historic wrongs and heal the wounds of systemic racism so that all Americans have the equal right to pursue happiness.”
See the tweet below.
This campaign has gained significant momentum following the deaths last week of two black men, Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, who were shot dead by white policemen in the US. These actions were met with outrage across the African-American community and beyond, with protests springing up across numerous US cities and towns in the aftermath. Tensions were further escalated last Thursday (July 7) after a peaceful protest in Dallas, Texas was ended by the shooting of five white police officers by a black gunman.
Rihanna’s support for the petition follows the aforementioned YouTube video from the #23Ways movement, which was posted to the site yesterday. Featuring the likes of Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Rihanna, Chris Rock and Chance The Rapper, the near-three-minute clip, entitled ’23 Ways You Could Be Killed If You Are Black in America’, highlights the ways in which black Americans have been killed by police officers.
Watch the clip below.
Beyonce’s involvement in the clip is her latest show of support for the Black Lives Matter campaign, after she displayed the names of those killed by police on a screen at her Glasgow show last week.