‘Little Fires Everywhere’ Actress Lexi Underwood To LAPD During George Floyd Protests: I Don’t Know If I’m Next
Lexi Underwood, 16-year-old actress and singer who portrayed Pearl Warren on Hulu’s “Little Fires Everywhere”, can be added to the list of actresses and public figures who have been protesting alongside civilians for changes in the justice system and for police reform.
The limited series, flooded with racial tensions, followed the story of intertwined fates of the seemingly picture-perfect white Richardson family and an Africa-American enigmatic mother and daughter, played by Kerry Washington and Lexi Underwood respectively, upending their lives set in Shaker Heights, Ohio in the 1990s.
On June 3rd, Lexi Underwood hit the frontlines of a Black Lives Matter march in downtown L.A., fighting for the cause. She shared an impromptu speech in a video posted on Twitter and had this to say:
Yesterday, I talked to Chief Moore and the rest of the LAPD commission. I shared with them stories about how LAPD at all of these peaceful protests, how they’ve been incredibly disrespectful to people who are simply just asking to be treated equally. All we’re asking is to be treated equally with the same exact respect of our white counterparts.
Her emotions started to run high as she ended her speech, making this point:
There is so much trauma behind being a child and seeing us countlessly be beaten and murdered in these streets by people who are supposed to protect and serve us. Do you understand what that feels like?! I don’t know if I am next! I don’t know if my mother is next! I don’t know if my friends are next, I don’t know if my cousins are next!
— Lexi Underwood (@LexiCUnderwood) June 4, 2020
Many other celebrities have actively fought for change recently. Actor Kendrick Sampson of HBO’s hit show “Insecure” also protested in L.A. Unfortunately he was shot by police rubber bullets and hit with a baton.
— theJasmineBRAND (@thejasminebrand) May 30, 2020
Keke Palmer was also seen engaging in a conversation with a National Guard Soldier asking him to march with protesters rather than combat them. She referenced President Donald Trump’s controversial tweet that looting will lead to shooting.
Keke Palmer said:
You have a president talking about the Second Amendment as a use for people to come out here and use firearms against the people protesting. This is the message that we’re seeing. You have to pay attention to what’s going on. We have a president that’s trying to incite a race war, and when the borders are closed. We can’t leave. You have people in here that need your help. This is when you and y’all can stand together with the community, with society, to stop the governmental oppression. Period. We need you.
KEKE PALMER REALLY OUT HERE I KNEW I LOVED THAT BITCH SINCE TRUE JACKSON VP pic.twitter.com/O9DkKZEkza
— alyssa? (@INTOOARREAGA) June 2, 2020
March with us. March beside us. Get your people. March beside us. Let the revolution be televised. March beside us and show us that you’re here for us. Make history with us, please. Let’s just do it. We start marching and you march with us. Please.
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Written By: @a.girlwhowrites