As the country begins to try and understand the terrible events that took place last night [Thursday, July 7] and early this morning, it’s clear there are several complex issues that are overlapping now because of the deaths of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile and the five Dallas police officers.
This morning [Friday, July 8], Queen Latifah appeared on Today for an upcoming movie, but understandably she ended up speaking about the tragic events that have transpired this week. Queen Latifah is uniquely equipped to speak about the events not only because she is a Black woman living in America, she is also the daughter of and the brother to a police officer.
She described the difficulty that all of the events have raised, concerning both Black people in the United States and police officers. She said that:
“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. And what it also does is endanger the life of police officers…you make all these good cops have to walk out here dealing with bad cops’ BS, dealing with the stuff bad cops are doing.”
One of the Today show hosts began the segment by joking that it was fitting that Latifah happen to be on the show that morning because the country certainly needed some unity, referring to her powerful song “U.N.I.T.Y.”, after the terrible events that have unfolded this week.
You can watch the clip here.