Tia Mowry-Hardrict Gets Candid About Injustice
Actress and partner of Carefree’s “Speak Freely Campaign” Tia Mowry-Hardrict got candid in a recent interview with Vibe about what it’s like to raise a black son in a society where black mothers are forced on a regular basis to bury their children who died at the hands of crooked law-enforcement officials.
“I have a son who is black and who is going to be growing up in a society such as this,” she said. “It’s a conversation that I have with my husband all the time about, what are we going to tell Cree (my son)?”
She added that she has been so deeply troubled by the unfortunate occurrences plaguing black America that even her sleep has been affected. She shared,
“I’m a huge advocate about Black Lives Matter and for a while, I had a hard time sleeping. I really did, because I have a son who is black and who is going to be growing up in a society such as this.”
Mowry-Hardrict also revealed that she knows through first-hand information what a person of color faces when confronted by a white police officer.
“My dad is white, and my dad used to be a police officer, and he quit,” she explained. “The one thing that he told me was that when a police officer pulls you over, make sure your hands are at “10 and 2,” and make sure it stays there. For my dad to tell me that, who’s white and used to be a police officer, to his black daughter, I think it says a lot. And this was when I just started driving. This was years ago.”
She expressed a desire to see every individual put his/her differences aside and attempt to peacefully coexist, pointing out that injustice is prevalent not just when it comes to blacks, but when it comes to women, the poor, and homosexuals. She stated,
“I always like to say this, too. And it’s not like I’m taking away the energy from anything else but, I’m for all things. I see prejudice with not only skin color, I see prejudice with sometimes being a woman. I see prejudice with sexual preference. I see prejudice with social-economical status. I am an advocate for, why can’t we all just not focus on our differences and embrace that we are all human beings?”
We feel, you Tia, and we’re proud of you for speaking out an important issue.
By: Danielle Dixon
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