Resse Witherspoon Encourages Parents Talk To Their Children About Racism

Celebs demand justice for George Floyd! Jessie J, Reese Witherspoon, Justin Timberlake and Russ use social media to bring awareness to George Floyd and racial injustice. 

Sana Moore

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Posted On: May 30th, 2020 5:36pm pst

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ABTV: Justice for George Floyd 

African-Americans have been racially profiled, killed senselessly, preyed upon and chastised in the U.S for decades. Many African-Americans have lost their lives to police brutality and racism. The unjust killing of George Floyd, Ahmad Arbery, and many others have sparked rage from African-Americans who are tired of the injustices that occur in America’s justice system. 

Former Minneapolis officer, Derek Chauvin, kneeled on George Floyd’s neck for eight minutes on Monday. The police were called when an employee at CupFoods said he suspected Floyd of trying to make a purchase with a counterfeit $20 bill. The employee called the police because he said it is store protocol in that situation. Chauvin and the other three officers arrived at the scene and failed to investigate the authenticity of the bill, because they were focused on pinning Floyd to the ground and suffocating him. 

Here’s what some of your favorite celebrities have been posting in support of justice for George Floyd: 

Jessie J

Jessie J posted a short clip from Jane Elliott’s speech about white privilege, and the inequalities African-Americans face on a daily basis. Elliott is known for the experiment she conducted as a school teacher in 1968 to teach white children about their privileges, as well as illustrate the unfair treatment African-Americans experience every day in America due to the color of their skin.

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Jane Elliot.

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Reese Witherspoon 

Resse Witherspoon posted a picture promoting the discussion of racism within the U.S. In the caption, she discussed the conversation she had with her 7-year-old son about race and racism that has surrounded the U.S for centuries. 

“We have to be held accountable for what is happening in this country. What happened to George Floyd and Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery – and countless others – can not go without justice. Please talk to your children about racism, privilege, bigotry and hate. If you aren’t talking to them, someone else is.” Witherspoon,” wrote.

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Last night at dinner, my 7-year-old asked why all the grown ups were so upset. We spoke to him about what happened to George Floyd. Being a white mother trying to explain racism and bigotry to her white son, who did not understand why anyone would treat another human being that way, was heartbreaking. But not nearly as heartbreaking as being a victim of one of these senseless, violent, unconscionable crimes. Not nearly as heartbreaking as being one of the families who have experienced loss and harassment and discrimination daily. Not nearly as heartbreaking as being a mother who lives in fear of what will happen to her children in this world. I grew up going to church. We were taught that we were all the same in the eyes of God. We all breathe the same air. We all bleed the same blood. But that is not what I grew up seeing. It was as hard for me to reconcile the difference between what I was taught in church and what I see in the world. I don’t want that for my kids. Or for yours. We have to be held accountable for what is happening in this country. What happened to George Floyd and Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery – and countless others – can not go without justice. Please talk to your children about racism, privilege, bigotry and hate. If you aren’t talking to them, someone else is. Regarding comments: I urge you to share this space for meaningful discussion, not hate. There is enough hate in the world. I hope this can be a space for discussion, understanding, growth and LOVE. We all need more of that.

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Justin Timberlake 

Justin Timberlake posted a series of pictures from protests regarding the unjust death of George Floyd and other African-Americans who continue to be wrongfully killed by police.

“BLACK men and women are regularly being murdered unjustly by police. We have seen it. Over and over again. This has gone on in America for too long, and it’s NEVER been okay,” Timberlake wrote.

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Those of us who call ourselves allies need to do everything in our power to stand with the black community right NOW. BLACK men and women are regularly being murdered unjustly by police. We have seen it. Over and over again. This has gone on in America for too long, and it’s NEVER been okay. We have to take action, we have to make noise.⠀ ⠀ For seven whole minutes, #GeorgeFloyd pleaded for his life, while Derek Chauvin, one of Minneapolis cops involved, kneeled on his neck and ignored those pleas for help.⠀ ⠀ Allies… this is the time for us all to take a hard look in the mirror, share responsibility and ask our family and friends what can we do to educate our own communities. ⠀ ⠀ I stand with @ColorOfChange and countless others across the country to raise my voice alongside you, and demand that all FOUR officers involved are arrested and charged with murder now. Text FLOYD to 55156. Sign the petition. Don’t stop.

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Russ 

Russ posted a throwback picture of himself wearing a T-shirt he designed with KidSuper in 2017 that read,” If you want to change the system, speak up. White silence is pro racism,”. 

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