Drake said in an essay that he is concerned for the safety of his “family and friends” after learning news of Alton Sterling’s death.
On Wednesday, the 29-year-old rapper, whose real name is Aubrey Drake Graham, posted an essay on his Instagram account that he was “truly scared” following news of the latest police involved shooting in Louisiana that left one young man dead. (LISTEN: Drake Releases New Singles From Upcoming Album)
“I am grateful to be able to call America my second home,” Drake said. “Last night when I saw the video of Alton Sterling being killed it left me feeling disheartened, emotional, and truly scared. I woke up this morning with a strong need to say something.” (RELATED: Drake Reportedly Doesn’t Want To Be Associated With Johnny Anymore)
“It’s impossible to ignore that the relationship between black and brown communities and law enforcement remains as strained as it was decades ago,” he added. “No one begins their life as a hashtag. Yet the trend of being reduced to one continues.”
“This is real and I’m concerned, concerned for the safety of my family, my friends, and any human being that could fall victim to this pattern,” he continued. “I do not know the answer. But I believe things can change for the better. Open and honest dialogue is the first step.”