After two black men were shot by cops within 48 hours in the US, violent protests over increasing racism in the country have erupted. The trouble started when two videos surfaced on the internet, one on Tuesday, and the other on Wednesday, depicting white American cops shooting down black men in two separate incidents. 

The first was the shooting of Alton Sterling in Louisiana, and the the second was of Philando Castile in Minnesota.

The incidents have sparked massive reactions from all across the country, from the political leaders to pop stars taking to social media to convey their condolences, observations and criticisms. Here are some of the most imapactful messages from social media: 

US President Barrack Obama expressed his condolence with a powerful message

Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton tweeted her dismay

She also released a statement on the shootings

“Too many African American families mourn the loss of a loved one from a police-involved incident. Something is profoundly wrong when so many Americans have reason to believe that our country doesn’t consider them as precious as others because of the color of their skin.”

Bernie Sanders posted this powerful message on Twitter  

Senator Elizabeth Warren posted a long message on Facebook 

Pop star Nicki Minaj listed all the black deaths that went unpunished 

 Rapper Drake also took to Instagram and posted a heartfelt message 

 Singer Katy Perry tweeted her outrage 

Actor Olivia Wilde posted her grievances 

Musician Justin Timberlake also posted on Twitter

As did actress Rashida Jones

Musician Macklemore expressed his grief

Sportswoman Serena Williams posted this long message on Twitter 

Spike Lee posted this angry tweet 

Actress Susan Sarandon also expressed concern  

Tech giants weren’t far behind in expressing their outrage and sympathies as well, though many have claimed the combined reaction was too understated:

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey retweeted musician Beyonce’s post on her website

Google also posted this message:

As did Mark Zuckerberg: 

Protests followed in Dallas, Texas, after news of the separate shootings spread across America. As hundreds of people attended the protest in Dallas on Thursday night, reports of shots ringing out filled media outlets. As per reports, at least eleven police officers at the protest were shot at by snipers present at the rally. As of now, reports have come in about the death of four cops.

As soon as news of the mass shooting spread, reactions poured in by the minute, with people expressing their grief and condolence at the tragedy, as well concerns over how this incident will impact the issue at hand: 

And finally, this powerful statement by this man on Twitter sums up the tragedy:

(Feature Image: Reuters)