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As stars continue to come forward to share their thoughts and grief about the tragic shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando CastileBeyoncé is now answering the call to stand up.

She posted a lengthy manifesto to her personal website, making a powerful, brave and emotional statement demanding racial justice. Here it is in its entirety:

#Beyonce speaks

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Beyoncé also posted a shorter and simpler message to her Instagram, and invited fans to follow her call to action.

It is crucial that those with the biggest voices speak the loudest when it is most dangerous for them to do so. As Beyoncé said, “It is up to us to take a stand and demand that they ‘stop killing us.’ We don’t need sympathy. We need everyone to respect our lives.”

Amen.

SOURCE: Beyonce.com | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty, Instagram

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