Gabrielle Union To People Who ‘Don’t Wanna Be Called A Racist’: Don’t Do Racist Sh*t!
Actress Gabrielle Union has never shied away from being vocal about racism, inequality, and discrimination in Hollywood and also across the globe.
And the current racial climate in the nation has caused her to speak up unapologetically, this time against racists. Gabrielle Union tweeted earlier this week,
I’ve never met anyone who was worried about being CALLED a racist, who didn’t harbor racist beliefs. What racist people DONT want, is to face CONSEQUENCES for their racism. Fun fact, don’t start none, won’t be none. Don’t wanna be called a racist? Dont do racist sh*t.
Before the nationwide unrest, Gabrielle Union made headlines after her exit from NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.” She reportedly left because of the alleged toxic environment, including former late-night talk show host Jay Leno allegedly making racist jokes about Asians, and Gabrielle Union reportedly being told her hair was “too black.”
She said during an appearance amid the event:
“Don’t be the happy negro that does the bidding of the status quo because you’re afraid. Don’t allow them to call you angry when someone else is called passionate. It’s terrifying. There’s a solid chance you’ll lose your job…I speak from experience!”
“Do your best because corporations want global dollars. Do your best to try to hold the door open and hold people responsible. Yeah, I’m asking you to do the impossible…I’m fully aware that job loss is on the table…but if you’re not doing it, nobody is.”
She said she even experienced sleepless nights over whether she should speak up.
“Eventually, I couldn’t sleep. I knew I obsessed about every single time in my life where I didn’t say anything. And it got to the point where I was like, ‘That’s not right!’ And every time I chose to speak up and the world didn’t end and I could speak a little bit better, I knew I was doing the right thing. It just made it so much easier…When you’re a follower, often you’re not being led by the right person. This is not what paradise or salvation looks like to me. You’re using me to prop up fraudulent systems…I want no part of that, so I’d rather lead, even if I don’t know where the hell I’m going…As long as I have air in my lungs, I will always try to cover us all and I will certainly try to center the needs of the most marginalized.”
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Written By: @a.girlwhowrites