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Kerry Washington: 'The violence must stop'

The Scandal star spent much of Friday trying to find the right words to sum up her thoughts after another week of death and violence in America.

Actress Kerry Washington has joined the ranks of celebrities speaking out about America's race wars, revealing her heart is bleeding after the police attack in Dallas, Texas.

The Scandal star has often been a voice of reason amid the chaos surrounding the deaths of African-Americans at the hands of white cops, but even she was lost for words on Friday (08Jul16) after another week of bloodshed, which also included the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.

"There are no words that can encapsulate the pain of our bleeding hearts," pregnant Kerry wrote on Instagram.

"Today, again, I am called to put my hand on my heart and affirm that: I matter. MY life matters. As a human, my life matters. As a woman, my life matters. As a Black person, my life matters. My life matters. And yours does too. Whoever you are."

Urging her followers to be strong and sensible following the violence that erupted on the streets of Dallas on Thursday night (07Jul16), when a gunman fatally shot five police officers before he was killed, Washington added: "Our differences do not give us the right to devalue the worth of another human being.

"The violence must stop. We must do better. I pray today for the healing of our hearts and the healing of our society."

Her Instagram post came at the end of a day of celebrity commentary about the deaths of Sterling and Castile and the five cops in Dallas, with Queen Latifah, Lupe Fiasco, and John Legend among those speaking out, while rappers Snoop Dogg and The Game took part in a peace march through the streets of Los Angeles before meeting with police and city officials in an effort to make sure the events in Texas overnight were not repeated in California.

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