Over on YouTube it is easy to get very distracted from what is going on in the outside world, unless we have a number of vloggers sharing their opinions and keeping you up to date with political issues. But we are here to update you with the latest news and YouTuber responses on Black Lives Matter.
This week’s devastating news comes from the U.S which prompted a response from all over the world, including tributes, rallies, plus a whole lot of anger and confusion. The first incident cost the life of Alton Sterling, a 37-year old father of five. Officers were called to the scene outside Baton Rouge, a convenience store in Louisiana on Tuesday July 5th after reports of a man outside the store with a gun. Sterling was tackled to the ground and shot 6 times by police officers, and while certain facts are still to be clarified, witnesses have stated that Alton did not make any attempts to fight back and did not deserve to die.
The second incident happened just a day after the news of Alton Sterling came around, when Philando Castile was pulled over by a police offer in Minnesota for a broken taillight. His girlfriend and her four year old daughter were also in the car, and live streamed the incident to Facebook. The pair were given instructions to keep their hands in the air after Philando informed the officer that he was armed – and licensed to be. He was then told to show his licence, yet when reaching into his back pocket to obey the officer’s orders Philando was shot four times and killed.
At the time of writing this we are currently aware of the situation in Dallas, and are yet to comment on this story but remain respectful of those grieving. Plenty of people close to the incidents as well as YouTubers, and celebrities, have been sharing their thoughts and feelings on current events via social media.
Some took to Twitter to express their anger and distress over the current events.
The fact it’s 2016 and we still have to tweet shit like #BlackLivesMatter just shows how backwards & disgusting the US police’ mentality is.
— Jack Dean (@Jaack) July 7, 2016
While others expressed their horror and upset, and prayed for America.
There are so many horrible things going on in the world right now – it genuinely leaves me speechless. 😥
— Suzie ♡ ☽ (@hello_october_) July 8, 2016
— Connor Franta (@ConnorFranta) July 7, 2016
Get well soon, America.
— TomSka (@thetomska) July 8, 2016
While the world bickers and people mourn, this online community have harnessed one of their greatest skills as influencers – to literally influence, and come together as a community during a time of hardship and devastation. And this is something we should all be proud of. Let us know how you feel about recent events relating to #BlackLivesMatter in the comments below.