In a lengthy statement posted to Twitter on Thursday, the Fifth Harmony member wrote, “There have been too many senseless murders by officers that have gone unpunished. The government is not doing a very good job at policing their own. It seems that nobody cares that this targeting is happening to people of color until it hits home in their back yard.”
She continued, “I also believe that those who are non black should take action and be vocal about these tragedies taking place regardless of fear. The first step is to be truthful and acknowledge that racial problems remain in this country.”
Kordei joined a chorus of voices speaking out about the deaths of Sterling and Castile, both of whom were black men killed by police officers in recent days.
Sterling, 37, was fatally shot Tuesday by officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in an encounter that was partially captured on video. Less than 48 hours later, police fatally shot Castile, 32, during a routine traffic stop in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. His girlfriend live-streamed the aftermath on Facebook. The incidents sparked protests that have drawn national attention, and prompted state and federal investigations.
Kordei also urged,” We need more problem solvers of injustice instead of those giving lip service. Injustice has no skin color or boundaries.”
Read Kordei’s full statement: