The proud owners of the BET Awards demanded punishment for killer cops and justice for the victims of police brutality.
This year BET Awards ceremony featured a bunch of great performers and performances but, what is more important, it indirectly involved all Black people of America, as the winners in their speeches touched upon the problems we all face every day.
Chance the Rapper, who received this year’s Humanitarian Award spoke about releasing prisoners jailed for marijuana-related crimes, fixing the Chicago public-school system, and indictment of the police officers, who shoot and kill Black citizens.
Yara Shahidi, the winner of the YoungStars Award at the 2017 BET Awards expressed gratitude for her peer group, fans and family and then took a moment to acknowledge the late Tamir Rice, who would have turned 15 years old last Sunday.
“Today is Tamir Rice’s birthday, and so amidst this celebration, I’d love to honor his life,” Shahidi said.
She also praised BET “for celebrating our culture so beautifully when it isn’t celebrated everywhere else as it should be.”
“Thank you for supporting Blackness and our contributions to society,” she said to the crowd at the BET Awards. “This is so appreciated and so necessary for my generation to see.”
It’s a pleasure to know that all these incredible Black people care about their brothers and sisters and the future of their nation.