‘Sicko Mode’ rapper Travis Scott has penned a powerful open letter addressing the recent death of unarmed black man George Floyd at the hands of the police.
These past few days have seen Black Lives Matter protests unfurl on an international scale. Spurred by footage of the unjust, inhumane murder of 48-year-old George Floyd.
Travis Scott took to Twitter to articulate his, and the black communities’ feelings on police brutality, and the violence from those with “misguided intentions.”
“As I pace around thinking, trying to find something to ease the pain,” the post read. “[T]here are almost no words that I can think of to properly express, or I can use to suppress, this enraged feeling of us continuously losing our brothers and sisters to brutality at the hands of officers, or anyone with misguided intentions for our well-being.”
The musician then acknowledged the family of George Floyd, and others who have lost loved ones at the hands of the police.
“My heart goes out to George Floyd‘s family and everyone who’s suffered loss based on this type of senseless injustice and brutality,” he wrote. “Me and the team are gonna do everything possible to make sure these issues are addressed on a long-term basis.”
Witnessing the violence inflicted on peaceful protestors by police over the course of these few days begs for reform at the bare minimum. Though ultimately, it’s proved that police as an institution is rotten to the core, and perhaps it is necessary to defund the establishment and dedicate resources to community-based initiative.