Kerry Washington tells Jimmy Kimmel blacks don’t have the ‘privilege to ignore’ racism

During her interview with Jimmy Kimmel, Kerry Washington also said, 'You can’t be a passenger on a train called democracy. Democracy needs you to show up'


                            Kerry Washington tells Jimmy Kimmel blacks don’t have the ‘privilege to ignore’ racism
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The ongoing Black Lives Matters movement and a historical revolution have helped the US and the rest of the world understand the struggle and fight of the African-American communities for justice from a broader perspective. It is beyond being ill-treated for the color of the skin, but a fight against police brutality. With more and more voices making their presence felt in public spheres, the movement is gaining momentum every passing hour, urging humankind to re-think its actions. Similarly, ‘Little Fires Everywhere’ actor Kerry Washington, during her interview with Jimmy Kimmel on Monday, June 8, took a deep dive into the "black history much before the civilization came into existence." 

When Kimmel asked Washington if she’s surprised to see people take to the streets and protest for the rights of the black community, she said it rather fills her with hope. “You can’t be a passenger on a train called democracy. Democracy needs you to show up”, she said. When the host asked Washington how she introduced the concept of racism to her children, the actress used the opportunity to shed light on the "black history before it was put behind the bus [sic]." She further stated that social media posts about the existence of racism is a common sight and comes across as if people are baffled to learn about it, but “we black families don’t have the privilege to ignore and pretend.”

In the later segment, she touched upon her role in Hulu’s drama series ‘Little Fires Everywhere’. She said she and Reese Witherspoon play completely different characters of two women who cross paths because of their children and become invested in each other’s lives. Washington said the series tries to show racism through one’s choice of being color blind, besides their privilege. Washington’s latest work includes the Netflix movie ‘American Son’ that navigates a mother’s pursuit of her missing son. The actress told Kimmel that the movie holds relevant in the present day as parents in real life are genuinely worried about their children’s safety amid protests and riots demanding justice for George Floyd. 

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Reacting to the latest episode, one Twitter user commented, “@JimmyKimmelLive I'm enjoying your show with Kerry Washington. You were discussing how to talk to your younger kids about the protests and marches. How about another kids' book (loved The Serious Goose) on the subject with proceeds to an appropriate charity?” while another added, “Speak that.truth on Jimmy Kimmel Live @kerrywashington we were Kings and Queens before slavery we have a deep rooted rich history!" 

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