Anthony Mackie Helps Launch Fund To Support Grocery Store Workers In New Orleans

Anthony Mackie Helps Launch Fund To Support Grocery Store Workers In New Orleans

Anthony Mackie has teamed up with a slew of organizations to support grocery workers and other essential workers during the pandemic in his hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana.

He said in a video on social media,

“The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed who are the essential workers in our community. One of these groups, which is under-recognized in my opinion, is grocery store workers. Grocery store workers have always been essential. Personally, I go to the grocery store three or four times a week for my family.”

He continued,

“These people are dealing with increased risks so that the rest of us stay fed. That’s why I’ve partnered with The United Way of Southeast Louisiana, The New Orleans Council on Aging, and Entergy of New Orleans to create the United for Grocery Store Workers Relief Fund. This fund will help struggling grocery store workers in my hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana with a $150 credit toward their utility bills…”

He then asked fans to also donate to show appreciation for grocery store workers.

Along with standing up for grocery store workers, Anthony Mackie has also been vocal about the lack of diversity of Marvel movies. He’s starred as Falcon in several films for the popular superhero brand including Avengers: End Game, Captain America: Civil War, and Avengers: Infinity War. 

He said during a recent interview,

“It really bothered me that I’ve done seven Marvel movies where every producer, every director, every stunt person, every costume designer, every PA, every single person has been white…When ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ comes out, I’m the lead…We have the power and the ability to ask those questions.”

He added that having a predominantly black crew for black films like Black Panther is “inherently racist.”

“We’ve had one Black producer; his name was Nate Moore. He produced ‘Black Panther.’ But then when you do ‘Black Panther,’ you have a Black director, Black producer, a Black costume designer, a Black stunt choreographer. And I’m like, that’s more racist than anything else. Because if you only can hire the Black people for the Black movie, are you saying they’re not good enough when you have a mostly white cast?”

What are your thoughts on Anthony Mackie’s initiative to help grocery store workers? Let us know in the comments.

By: @a.girlwhowrites

Authored by: tjbwriteratlanta