After videos of community members in Baltimore rioting and throwing bricks went viral yesterday (April 27), celebrities and other public figures took to social media to express their opinions on the matter.
One celebrity who recently took to Facebook to send a message to Baltimoreans was actress and director, Jada Pinkett Smith. Known for her discussions on various topics on freedom, race, and gender (which occasionally include her young daughter Willow). This is what Smith had to say:
I know we are angry, I know we want to be heard. We want answers, we want justice but most of all we want the corrupt systems of authority in our neighborhoods that continually steal the lives of people of color and the underprivileged to be revealed and rectified. But we must do our part. Today, I see that violence begets violence making it difficult to differentiate the victims from the perpetrators. Violence creates a window to vilify the victims, even in the deepest recesses of the most condolent mind. Nonviolence creates a clear view to who the offenders of justice really are. Don’t give the very system that has been using violence to terrorize and exterminate us any justification to use that very violence upon us to keep us in order. This is a time of self-discipline so that the true offenders of justice can be revealed.
Stand down so that justice and the preservation of our communities are the priority and have the opportunity to prevail.
Does she have a point?
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