Another senseless act of killing has horrified a divided nation.


Another senseless act of killing has horrified a divided nation.

Justin Timberlake was under fire for insensitive comments he made following Jesse Williams‘ speech about the Black Lives Matter movement at the BET Awards two weeks ago. A reporter blasted Timberlake for Tweeting hashtag “#Inspired” and accused the singer of “appropriating [black] music and culture” throughout his career.

“Oh, you sweet soul,” JT responded. “The more you realize that we are the same, the more we can have a conversation.”

This lit up the blogosphere, which ultimately lead to an apology from the “Can’t Stop The Feeling” singer, who said he felt “misunderstood.”

On Tuesday, police killed a black man named Alton Sterling who was subdued and seemingly posed no threat to the officers. He was selling CDs outside of a convenient store. Timberlake Tweeted #AltonSterling and wrote “HAS. TO. STOP. Devastating.”

A day later, another police shooting of a black man from Minnesota named Philandro Castile rocked the country. CNN reports Castile and his girlfriend were pulled over for a broken tail light. When Castile told the officer he had a legal firearm as he reached for his ID, the policeman shot him. Castile’s girlfriend, Lavish Reynolds, filmed the unsettling moment and uploaded it to social media to bring the unjust act to the forefront.

Timberlake hopped back onto Twitter to express his grief.

“Couldn’t even sleep last night… First, #AltonSterling and then this video of #PhilandoCastile being brutally killed. This. Must. Stop,” he said. “This IS systemic. We MUST DO BETTER. My heart goes out to the families of #AltonSterling and #PhilandoCastile May they both Rest In Peace.”

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