Back in July, Alton Sterling was fatally shot by Baton Rouge police officers after being pinned down to the ground; the 37-year-old black man had simply been selling CDs outside of a convenience store.
The controversial shooting immediately sparked Black Lives Matters protests throughout the country, and artists such as Chance the Rapper, Drake, and Beyoncé were moved to issue strong statements regarding police brutality. Kim Kardashian also penned an essay of her own, saying, “Like a lot of you guys, I watched the videos [of the incident], and was appalled and completely heartbroken. I was left speechless, angry and numb.”
This week, Kanye West and Kardashian met with Sterling’s eldest son, Cameron Sterling, who had attended one of Ye’s concerts for his 16th birthday. They posed together backstage for a photo, captured by family lawyer Justin Bamberg. “Shoutout to Kanye West and Kim Kardashian for showing 16th bday love last night to my client Cameron Sterling, eldest son of Alton Sterling.”
For his part, West has been a longtime supporter of the BLM movement. In 2014, he posted a tweet about BLM rallies and, most recently, referenced BLM in The Life of Pablo track “Feedback”, rapping, “Hands up, we’re just doing what the cops taught us. Hands up, hands up, then the cops shot us.”