SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 08: Recording artist Drake speaks about Apple Music during the Apple WWDC on June 8, 2015 in San Fra
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The killing of Alton Sterling by Baton Rouge policemen has led to an outpouring of grief and anger. After footage of the violent event started to circulate online, many artists, musicians, and activists expressed their sadness, rage, and fear on social media. 

Tonight, Drake has issued his own statement responding to Alton Sterling’s death. After calling America his “second home,” Drake voices his “strong need to say something” about the extreme discomfort that this situation has made him feel. Addressing how police brutality affects communities of color the most, Drake writes: 

“It’s impossible to ignore that the relationship between black and brown communities and law enforcement remains as strained as it was decades ago. No one begins their life as a hashtag. Yet the trend of being reduced to one continues.” 

Drake concludes his letter on an optimistic note, believing that change can happen. “Open and honest dialogue is the first step,” he ends. Read the full note below.