'It could have easily been myself, my little brother, my dad, one of my friends, or any of us,' he writes
Actor Michael B. Jordan is calling for unity in an Instagram post responding to the fatal shootings by police officers in Louisiana and Minnesota this week, as well as Thursday’s shootings of five police officers in Dallas.
The news of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile’s deaths “hits close to home,” Jordan wrote. “It could have easily been myself, my little brother, my dad, one of my friends, or any of us. When one of us is murdered because a police officer is ‘afraid for their life,’ it pains us — we feel it.”
Jordan argued that the police shootings of Sterling and Castile “were not unfortunate accidents,” but rather “just a few of the countless incidents of violent neglect, poor training and lack of accountability that clearly illustrate one thing: Black people are being disproportionately dehumanized and murdered, this must stop!”
The Creed actor also expressed sympathy for the five Dallas police officers who were shot Thursday night. “I care about the safety of my black brothers and sisters and my blue ones too. There are no adequate words for the fallen officers in Dallas,” he writes. “From the bottom of my heart, I thank them for protecting the peaceful protestors, their courage and effort to support us is what we need more of.”
Jordan, 29, admitted that finding solutions may not be easy, but said “violence is not the answer.”
“This is the time to unify; our communities, our churches and our homes,” he wrote. “My mission is to channel my anger and energy — along with my love and hope for the future into actively finding solutions. Change will take all of us, we can no longer say or do…Nothing.”
Read Jordan’s full statement, via Instagram, below.