In the wake of a terrible week for the US after the killings of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, rappers The Game and Snoop Dogg have held a peaceful rally in LA.
Named Operation H.U.N.T. (standing for Hate Us Not Today), their objective was simply:
"To make the Californian government and it's law branches aware that from today forward, we will be unified as minorities and we will no longer allow them to hunt us or be hunted by us."
Videos from the march were shared on Twitter with author and entrepreneur Karen Civil tweeting the whole thing.
As you can see, it went off without a hitch or even a remote threat of violence breaking out...
Snoop Dogg and The Game host peaceful rally in Los Angeles pic.twitter.com/FOmpITcILr- Karen Civil (@KarenCivil) July 8, 2016
Should be Jeret, not Jerry. (Autocorrect!) He's a vocalist from South L.A.- Kate Mather (@katemather) July 8, 2016
I've gone to several #LAPD grads. Everything about today is different, from mood and remarks to peaceful marchers, led by Snoop, watching.- Kate Mather (@katemather) July 8, 2016
"This is not about black lives, this is not about brown lives, this is not about blue lives," @LAPDChiefBeck says. "This is about America."- Kate Mather (@katemather) July 8, 2016
Even on a "vastly different" day, @LAPDChiefBeck ends speech with same promise to new officers' families: "I will protect and serve them."- Kate Mather (@katemather) July 8, 2016
.@LAPDChiefBeck says the group talked about rage they've felt over last week and the broken dialogue. "It can't be this way," he says.- Kate Mather (@katemather) July 8, 2016
Here's hoping what happened in Dallas is a one-off event and peaceful protest can win the day.
Change is needed. Violence is not.
Words by George Pavlou
Featured image credit: The Game Instagram