Kevin Hart is calling on his famous Hollywood friends to come up with a solution to the massive amount of violence breaking out across America this week. Atlanta Black Star reports, Alton Sterling was shot and killed by police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana July 6 at a local convenience store. The next day, Philando Castile of St. Paul, Minnesota was shot and killed by a cop during a traffic stop. A Black Lives Matter protest was held in Dallas, Texas that night as a result. The peaceful event ended in violence as snipers shot and killed five officers, wounding seven others and injuring two civilians.
“Violence is not the answer,” Hart captioned the Instagram post below.
The actor-producer also urged high-power celebrities to come together to make a change in race relations and community interactions with law enforcement.
“We can do better people,” he wrote. “Don’t let the media force a race war…let’s be smarter than that. LIVE LOVE & LAUGH.”
Hart is discouraging what rapper Joey Badass feared, though the MC pointed to the government as the culprit.
What the government is doing amongst our people is downright disturbing but not surprising. With all of the conflict and propaganda, I believe they are simply trying to start a civil war within the USA amongst black & white. They are simply pushing us to our limit so that we can all get together and rebel so that it makes it easier for them to kill us (black people mostly and anyone who acts out against them). Alton Sterling and those alike are happening everyday in this country. The scary part is MOST of these stories don't make it to the news and reach the mass consciousness. It is for sure time that we as a people stand up for human rights and rebel against the system unapologetically. I just want everyone to be cautious about how they go about it because this is all a part of the governments plan… They are literally begging for this to happen so they can kill us off faster using uprising and rebellion as the excuse.. The cancerous foods, the chemical warfare, and the economic suffering is not working fast enough for them. They are many steps ahead of us in manifesting the future that they want for this country. We have to work together in not only battling them on a physical plane but to outsmart them on an intellectual mental level. As black and low income people, I think our gangs need to do a better job at protecting our communities and not assisting in destroying them. Who do we call when the police break the law?? We are so quick to pick up a gun and kill one another but not quick enough to pick it up and protect one another for our human rights. The code words to killing black men by police is "he has a gun!" That gives them the rights and incentives to shoot and most of the time it's just a cellphone, wallet or a downright lie!. But what about them? They all got guns so what should we do because it's always been clear that they don't value our lives and that they want to harm us. My people are suffering and it's been way too long. I'm tired of people acting like this isn't happening and I'm tired of putting up these hashtags every time another story hits the media… What are we going to do? When will true justice be served?
“With all of the conflict and propaganda, I believe they are simply trying to start a civil war within the USA amongst black & white,” the rapper wrote in part. “They are simply pushing us to our limit so that we can all get together and rebel so that it makes it easier for them to kill us (black people mostly and anyone who acts out against them).”
But he is not the only person who believes a race war is being incited.
A commenter on Hart’s post said the government wants Blacks to kill one another so authorities can win the battle.
On Twitter, Richard Steele pointed to the media’s skewed depiction of Micah Xavier Johnson – the gunman involved in killing Dallas police Thursday night.
Bruuuuh, They got Micah Xavier Johnson on the news in a dashiki and abbreviated his name to "Micah X"…tell me they don't want a race war..
— Richard Steele (@RichSteeleMusic) July 8, 2016
Journalist Jamelle Bouie said a race war would give people a reason to make wishes for violence against African-Americans a reality.
There are people who desperately want a race war, or at least an excuse to indulge violent fantasies of violence against black people.
— Jamelle Bouie (@jbouie) July 8, 2016
But rapper Talib Kweli believes there is no race war since Black people are not aiming to murder whites. Rather, only white police are killing African-Americans.
Ain't no race war. Black ppl ain't systematically murdering white folks, or looking to. https://t.co/oUUfkJI67n
— Talib Kweli Greene (@TalibKweli) July 7, 2016