Fifth Harmony's Normani Pens Letter in Wake of Alton Sterling & Philando Castile Killings
Fifth Harmony's Normani Hamilton opened up yesterday (July 7) on Twitter on police brutality and the #BlackLivesMatter movement in a lengthy post after the murders of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling.
"Being a woman of color, I can truthfully state that I don’t feel safe around those who are sworn to honor and uphold the law," she admitted in light of the news.
"I shouldn’t have to worry any time my father walks outside the front door of our home," she wrote. "I shouldn’t be afraid of that he may be taken away from me and shot dead because of false perceptions that all black men are dangerous regardless of education or status."
Normani believes a nationwide discussion regarding racism in America and a change in media depictions of people of color will move the country in the right direction. "The first step is to be truthful and acknowledge that racial problems remain in this country," she said. "Sadly on social media and news outlets minorities are always depicted as violent criminals and people who are lazy, don’t want to work and live off of welfare."
She then lambasted Donald Trump for his comments on minorities and his inaction regarding police brutality. "Donald Trump, the man that wants to be our president and run the free world can take it upon himself to go on social media and make offensive comments about every minority group but remain silent about something as important as this."
She closed her poignant letter with the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag.