Last week, Mic.com senior staff writer Jamilah King published a horrifying, anger-escalating piece called "23 Everyday Actions Punishable by Death if You're Black in America." Today, Alicia Keys has organized a video featuring Beyoncé, Rihanna, Chris Rock, Jada Pinkett Smith, A$AP Rocky, Queen Latifah, Bono, Kevin Hart, Chance the Rapper, Taraji P. Henson, Common and more reading those reasons. Their somber interpretation gives the list an even more chilling aspect.
Watch above for a crucial reminder that actions as simple as wearing a hoodie, missing a front license plate and selling CDs outside a store have all been grounds for police to murder black Americans.
After each of the #23reasons—a hashtag recommended in tandem with sharing this video on social media—the clip shows someone who was murdered for doing exactly that. The tragic roll call:
Oscar Grant III
Walter L. Scott
India M. Beaty
John Crawford III
The clip concludes with Alicia Keys saying, "We demand radical transformation to heal the long history of systemic racism so that all Americans have the equal right to live and to pursue happiness." She points viewers to WeAreHereMovement.com.