Chance the Rapper condemned the fatal shooting of Philando Castile by a police officer. “These guys murdered this man with his 4 year old daughter in the backseat?” the 23-year-old musician wrote on Twitter. “Is there any situation where police get arrested? Or convicted?”
Chance continued: “If you’re a Judge, or a politician or a fellow officer with a Conscience, what does it tell you to do? As a human being what do you feel?” When a Twitter user told Chance he and other black Americans should “go back to Africa,” Chance responded with an affirmation of his American citizenship and the comment that “my ancestors built this country and I’m restructuring it.”
Castile, 32, was shot and killed by a police officer on Wednesday in the St. Paul suburb of Falcon Heights, Minnesota. A video from the scene shared by a woman identifying herself as Castile’s girlfriend — who, along with her 4-year-old daughter, was in the car with Castile when the shooting occurred — sparked public outrage Thursday morning.
Castile’s death followed the controversial shooting of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana early Tuesday, which prompted swift condemnations from prominent figures including Larry Wilmore and Drake.
Chance has been outspoken about police brutality in and out of the studio. On his 2013 song “Pusha Man,” he rapped, “No love for the opposition, specifically a cop position / cause they’ve never been in our position.” And as a guest earlier this year on Pharrell’s Beats 1 show, Chance said, “There’s a real genocide going on, and nobody really gives a f— about it.”