This week alone has been one of the most horrific weeks America has arguably seen since 9/11; taking the lives of two unarmed African-American men, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile both of whom had guns in their possession at the time of their murders but each had a license to carry them and because of this, the “All of Me” crooner John Legend, put the National Rifle Association (NRA) on blast in a tweet yesterday:
Let's go NRA. I know y'all are for the 2nd amendment. Are you also for equal protection? https://t.co/PaKMcZ7ina
— John Legend (@johnlegend) July 7, 2016
The comment came shortly after the video of Philando’s murder went viral this week by his girlfriend. Diamond Reynolds captured the aftermath of the incident on video which was streaming live on Facebook. According to popsugar, Legend along with others whom noticed the ‘silence’ of the NRA and wanted to know if the organization was going to go to bat for Philando, who was a gun carrying, law abiding citizen. The NRA has defended citizens rights for carrying weapons but were pretty hush when it came to making a statement about the Castile aftermath. Because of this silence, other users quickly deemed it as yet another injustice against African-Americans.
— Liris Crosse (@LirisC) July 7, 2016
— Daryl Wright (@daryl_wright) July 7, 2016
According to Yahoo, Philando Castile was an ambitious man who served as a role model for hundreds of children. He was known by friends as Phil. Castile was a cafeteria supervisor at J.J. Hill Montesorri Magnet School in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where he was known vividly for remembering every name of each of the 500 students he served daily. He also remembered their food allergies, stated a co-worker.
‘”He remembered their names. He remembered who couldn’t have milk. He knew what they could have to eat and what they couldn’t,” Joan Edman, a recently retired paraprofessional at the school, told TIME. “This was a real guy. He made a real contribution. Yes, black lives matter. But this man mattered.”‘
While the NRA is being mum at the moment over this tragedy, Legend and others are demanding answers and won’t stop until they get one.
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