Marvel star Tessa Thompson, InsecurityK s Kendrick Sampson and more have encouraged the film industry to cut ties with the police.
The actors – who were rallying for social change following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, and subsequent challenges teamed up with Variety and Black Lives Matter co-founders Patrisse Cullors and Melina Abdullah recently writing an open letter to Hollywood.
In this, they insisted that it was time for the industry to “recognize its role and take responsibility for repairing the damage and being proactive on the part of the variation.”
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“We have better on demand. Prove that the Living Black of Matter in Hollywood by taking bold steps to assert, defend and invest in the Living Black, “he read.
“Follow the examples of the Minneapolis School District, Denver Public Schools, the University of Minnesota and many other institutions to divest of community policing and investing in the Black community.
“We demand that Hollywood: DEPARTING FROM POLICE, DEPARTING FROM BLACK ANTI-CONTENT, INVESTING IN OUR CAREERS, INVESTING IN ANTI-RACIST CONTEST, INVESTING IN OUR COMMUNITY”, continues the statement, before directing readers to Sampson’s BLD PWR organization for its list of claims.
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The message was supported by more than 300 Black artists and executives, including Thompson MCU and Westworld co-stars Chadwick Boseman, Anthony Mackie, Michael B Jordan, Danai Gurira, Thandie Newton and Lena Waithe, plus American horror storys ‘Billy Porter and Angela Bassett.
Insecurity creator Issa Rae, Zoë Kravitz, Cynthia Erivo, Idris Elba, Octavia Spencer and Viola Davis also featured.
“Hollywood has a privilege as a creative industry to imagine and create,” the cover letter. “We have a significant influence on culture and politics. We have the opportunity to use our influence to imagine and create a better world.
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“Yet, historically and currently, Hollywood is encouraging the epidemic of police violence and the culture of anti-blacks,” the letter explained, claiming that entertainment executives have “directly and indirectly inflicted damage and l ‘oppression’ on Black communities by ‘allowing white people to control and oppress the stories that claim Black life’.
“We Blacks, bearers of immense, immeasurable, cultural and economic value to the industry. We also suffer from the oppression perpetuated by this industry. We are all entitled to request this change. “
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