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8 Celebrities Who Aren’t Afraid to Speak Out About Injustices Against Black People

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Jesse Williams

The star of Grey’s Anatomy has been an outspoken advocate for social justice and racial equality. He has been an unflinching supporter of the protests surrounding the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases. In one of many interviews Williams has given on these topics, he passionately told CNN:

“I think we have to talk about the narrative and make sure we’re starting at the beginning. You will find that people doing the oppressing often want to start the narrative at a convenient point. This started with a kid getting shot and killed and left in the street for four hours. I’ve never seen a white body left in the heat for four hours in the sweltering heat.”

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Kerry Washington

The Scandal powerhouse has been an outspoken advocate against domestic violence and showed her political awareness when she strongly supported Barack Obama during his election bid. She was also named to the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. Washington told Glamour magazine:

“Just because I’m an actress doesn’t mean I have to give up my political voice. It’s a reality that in this country, we still don’t pay women what we pay men, and we don’t pay people of color what we pay white people. It’s important for people to think about that.”

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2 thoughts on “8 Celebrities Who Aren’t Afraid to Speak Out About Injustices Against Black People

  1. Kerry Washington's quote really stood out to me.

    “Just because I’m an actress doesn’t mean I have to give up my political voice. It’s a reality that in this country, we still don’t pay women what we pay men, and we don’t pay people of color what we pay white people. It’s important for people to think about that.”.

    Contrast that with Patricia Arquette's ridiculously racist, homoantagonist comments. It's funny to me how much praise a white woman can get for "standing up for women" while standing on the backs of People of Color, especially LGBTQIA People of Color. Meanwhile, women like Washington, who is also an actor (with more skill in their profession than Arquette has ever possessed), is completely ignored by white feminists when she speaks up for women in a way that also acknowledges the struggles of other marginalized people.

  2. Common doesn't belong here.

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