Kim and Kanye helped Alton Sterling’s oldest son celebrate his 16th birthday
If you can’t shake the feeling that 2016 is basically a trash fire under a highway overpass, let me present you with Kim and Kanye hanging out with Alton Sterling’s son, Cameron, for his 16th birthday Tuesday night. The Sterling family’s attorney, Justin Bamberg, tweeted an image of Cameron with a Saint Pablo tour pass alongside Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West, making her first non-accidental social media appearance since her robbery in Paris. But the real center of attention should be Cameron and what he represents.
After Sterling’s death in July, Kanye tweeted out a video of the violent shooting and Kim wrote a blog post speaking out against police brutality. “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,” Kim wrote on her blog this summer.
She added, “It is our responsibility as Americans and as parents to create a safe future for our children.” As parents (and a human beings), the couple took a particular interest in Cameron. How could anyone not be moved after listening to him? After his father’s death, Cameron went on national television, once breaking down into tears as his mother spoke to the press and then again weeks later giving his own press conference about “coming together.”
Cameron said at a press conference, “I feel that people in general, no matter what the race is, should come together as one united family. There should be no more arguments, disagreements, violence, crimes. Everyone should come together as one united family.” He also urged protestors to be peaceful.
Later, he spoke to CBS reporters about the police shootings in Dallas during the Black Lives Matter protests that followed his father’s shooting. “[Police] all aren’t bad,” he said. “There are some that are bad, but all aren’t bad. How I feel? I feel all police shouldn’t be punished for other police’s crimes.” he added, “The police in Dallas, Texas… they didn’t deserve that because, nobody knew if they had kids to go home to. Those kids need their parents.”
For a 16 year old, Cameron has an impressive amount of perspective. More than most adults. His father was killed by police, and days later he was able to find the poise and calm to ask for peace and forgiveness. And he’s a teenager, a species not often noted for their calm behavior or common sense. It’s good to know celebs like the Wests see that and are willing to share their platform with him, because people need to hear this kid.