She’s taking her influence offline
Reality mogul Kim Kardashian is probably not the person you think of when you think about strong female figures espousing their beliefs about important social issues like gun violence. In the time that we’ve gotten to know her, she’s always seemed a lot more concerned about her style and makeup than what’s going on in the real world. But that may be changing.
Recent violence against black people at the hands of police officers struck a chord with Kim. She is of Armenian descent, but her husband is black and her children are bi-racial. And she doesn’t want to see a world where they might be attacked for the color of their skin, so she’s using her powerful influence to discuss the very real and very inexcusable violence that’s affecting so many Americans.
Kim is delving into real world issues at last.
It started with Sandra.
Kim finally decided to comment on social issues when Sandra Bland mysteriously died in police custody. The police who arrested her claimed that she hung herself in jail, but it was believed by many Americans that she was, in fact, unjustly murdered by those officers. Kim took a break from her more vapid postings to say that she believes the death of Sandra was a homicide made to look like a suicide.
She tweeted, “#WhatHappenedToSandraBland We need answers!!!! This is NOT ok! This is all shady! They need to own up to this & tell the truth!” She realized the power that her words had in this matter and kept telling her followers how she felt about police brutality and why she feels so strongly about it.
Kim and Kanye
Kim’s name officially changed to Kim Kardashian-West when she married Kanye. They have two children together, and Kim doesn’t want them to live in a world where they are in danger because of the color of their skin; Kim is of Armenian descent and Kanye is black. Kim stated strongly:
“This week we watched Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, two innocent black men, get senselessly murdered by police officers. Like a lot of you guys, I watched the videos, and was appalled and completely heartbroken. I was left speechless, angry and numb.
I want my children to grow up knowing that their lives matter. I do not ever want to have to teach my son to be scared of the police, or tell him that he has to watch his back because the people we are told to trust—the people who ‘protect and serve’—may not be protecting and serving him because of the color of his skin.”