It appears that Solange participated in the protests today in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Protests have been occurring consistently since the death of Alton Sterling. Sterling was shot and killed by police on camera, and the community and world want justice.
Yesterday during protests Deray McKesson, a nationally known activist and friend of Solange, was arrested. He happened to be live on periscope when his arrest happened, and it appeared he was detained for no reason. After being held for over 16 hours, he was released.
Solange has never been quiet on Black issues. After the Emmanuel nine were killed in Charleston, South Carolina, Solange sent out a tweet that struck the soul of many Black people who are simply tired. “Was already weary. Was already heavy hearted. Was already tired. Where can we be safe? Where can we be free? Where can we be black?”
These days it’s hard to literally know where Black people can be Black, and it doesn’t look like Baton Rouge is one of those places. After getting back to her home from protesting, Solange took to Instagram to describe her experience. She said Baton Rouge felt like a war zone. She continued to say that what was a peaceful protest quickly turned into a scene of terror by the hands of the Baton Rouge police. Check out her full post below:
I just got home from what felt like a war zone. What started as such a peaceful and uplifting gathering of support and encouragement…quickly turned into a scene of terror by the hands of The #BatonRouge police. The militarization of Police and the agenda to terrorize and dismantle those who have gathered to organize, stand up, and speak up for those who have lost that right due to being murdered by their very hands is absolutely infuriating. They do everything they can to villainize the characters of the slain, our communities….call us unruly, aggressive…to make monsters out of our children…but WHAT DO THESE IMAGES SAY? (Note: These images were all taken yesterday and today in #batonrouge)
A photo posted by Solange (@saintrecords) on
This is America 2016. Where can we be free? Where can we be Black?
Bryant Smith is the founder and owner of The Top Tea.