Dana Owens, better known as #QueenLatifah, recently spoke her piece on last week’s heart wrenching deaths of #AltonSterling and #PhilandoCastile.
Queen Latifah said, “I’m almost at a loss for words. I’m Queen Latifah, but I’m Black wherever I go. I deal with the same experiences other people deal with.”
Queen Latifah’s perspective is an interesting one, because she herself is a Black woman, but she also comes from a family where multiple persons are members of the law enforcement community.
“I deal with the same experiences that other people deal with. I’m also the daughter of a cop, I’m also the sister of a cop, the cousin of a cop and the niece of cops. I don’t want the guns turned on police any more than I want the guns turned on us,” she said.“ I don’t want my father or my brother getting shot because some bad cops are doing this, consistently.”
“It’s time to make an example out of someone, as far as I’m concerned, who is a police officer,” Latifah added. “Because there’s no way all of these things could happen and there’s no guilty police officers [involved]. Every time these things happen, no one is really brought to justice at the end of the day. By the time it’s all said and done, the police officers usually walk. And what it does is leave us feeling empty, feeling hurt and feeling like we have no recompense and that it’s going to happen again.
Latifah says her heart goes out to the victims, families, and communities.