Marvel's Tessa Thompson and more demand Hollywood cut ties with police
By digital spy
Marvel star Tessa Thompson, Insecure's Kendrick Sampson, and others have encouraged the film industry to cut ties with the police.
The actors, who campaigned for social change after George Floyd's death in Minneapolis and subsequent protests, recently teamed up with Variety and Black Lives Matter's co-founders, Patrisse Cullors and Melina Abdullah, for an open letter to write to Hollywood.
They insisted that it was time for industry to "acknowledge their role and take responsibility, repair the damage, and be a proactive part of the change."
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"We demand better. Prove Black Lives Matter is important to Hollywood by taking bold steps to reaffirm, defend, and invest in black lives," it said.
"Follow the examples of the Minneapolis School District, the Denver Public Schools, the University of Minnesota, and many other institutions to break away from the police system and invest in the black community.
"We urge Hollywood: DIVEST FROM THE POLICE, DIVEST FROM ANTI-BLACK CONTENT, INVEST IN OUR CAREER, INVEST IN ANTI-RACIST CONTENT, INVEST IN OUR COMMUNITY," the statement continued, before readers fully addressed to Sampson's organization, BLD PW List of claims were referenced.
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The message was supported by more than 300 black artists and executives, including Thompson's MCU and Westworld co-stars Chadwick Boseman, Anthony Mackie, Michael B. Jordan, Danai Gurira, Thandie Newton and Lena Waithe, and American American Billy Porter and Angela Bassett Horror story.
The uncertain creators Issa Rae, Zoë Kravitz, Cynthia Erivo, Idris Elba, Octavia Spencer and Viola Davis were also seen.
"Hollywood, as a creative industry, has the privilege of imagining and creating something," the letter continued. "We have a significant influence on culture and politics. We can use our influence to imagine and create a better world.
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"However, historically and currently, Hollywood is promoting the epidemic of police violence and the culture of anti-blackness," the letter said, claiming that entertainment managers "directly and indirectly harmed and suppressed black communities" by "giving white people control." "and suppress the stories that confirm the lives of black people".
"We as blacks bring immense, immeasurable cultural and economic value to the industry. We also suffer from the oppression that this industry exerts. We have every right to demand this change."
For more information on how you can support Black Lives Matter, visit the official website or donate here. Readers can also donate to the British anti-discrimination group Stand Up To Racism and the Unite Families & Friends Campaign, which supports those affected by police, prison and psychiatric deaths.
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