Scrubs star on being described as "the Black guy from Scrubs"
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Scrubs star Donald Faison has spoken about racism, revealing that he has often heard how he is described as "the black of scrubs".
The actor played one of the main characters of the NBC / ABC sitcom in the hospital - surgeon Christopher Turk - throughout the show, but he said that some people don't even try to remember his character's name when they talk about him speak.
During an interview on the Kelly Clarkson Show with his Scrubs co-star and real close friend Zach Braff, who was the doctor John Michael 'J.D.' Dorian on the show - Faison said that during his life he was often judged by the color of his skin.
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"It's very, very scary to be measured by the color of your skin. It has happened to me all my life. Even how people describe me on scrubs. I'm 'the black of scrubs'. You know what I am not even one of the scrubs actors, i'm the black of scrubs, "he said.
He continued: "Racism is everywhere. He never left. It was always here ... It is no surprise that this is happening, what is happening is finally coming to a head. But it is here forever. As soon as you get dressed This is not a matter of course, and you realize that there is racism out there. You will start to examine yourself. "
Braff added that as a white man, he still had a lot to learn and pointed out that white people need to be proactive to educate and challenge themselves. "I think this conversation is new to me in a sense, because when I listen to everyone who speaks and reads, I know that I have a lot to learn," he said.
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"I can't just sit back and say, 'Oh no, I'm cool, I have a black best friend.' This is BS. There are many ways that I have not been proactive in my own life and privilege, and I am really learning that now, and I am taking this opportunity to really listen and really learn and see how I am can improve my way of being. "
Faison and Braff played together in scrubs for nine years and now, together with Zach + Donald, host a podcast called Fake Doctors, Real Friends about their experiences with the show.
The couple's discussion about racism takes place after a number of celebrities have spoken about the importance of Black Lives Matter, including Star Wars actor John Boyega, Marvel star Anthony Mackie and Hollyoaks actress Rachel Adedeji.
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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