Rapper Nick Cannon joined Black Lives Matters protesters outside the Republican National Convention on Monday – and attacked both political parties.
The former husband of singer Mariah Carey stood in front of banners and posters calling for justice and an end to shootings of black men by police.
He said he felt let down by both Republicans and Democrats
He said: ‘We want to be respected. We want to feel safe. We want the American Dream.
‘You are messing with our peace of mind. We can’t operate as Americans when we can’t walk outside and feel safe.
‘We are going to be out here for the entire convention and make sure our voices are heard.
‘My community brought me down here today and the lack of representation for my community brought me down here today.’
He said he had ‘100 per cent’ disappointment with both Republican and Democrat parties adding: ‘Both aren’t speaking about our issues and they have been taking our votes for granted for far too long.
‘They would just sweep it under the rug and pretend it is not happening. We are just crying for help and we are losing lives by the hour.’
Scores of protesters backing the Black Lives Matter cause were on the streets of Cleveland as the Republican National Convention got under way.
The center of the Ohio city has been swamped by police concerned about tensions between different groups of demonstrators – and their own safety in the wake of the murder of eight officers in the course of a week, each by long black gunmen.
The murders – five officers killed in Dallas, Texas, three in Baton Rouge, Louisiana have stoked fears of further violence, and themselves came in the wake of the deaths of two black men at the hands of police officers, one in Baton Rouge, the other in St Paul, Minnesota.