In an era of social media, there are some celebrities who will just tweet "Black Lives Matter," but there are others who apply action to their work. One actor got arrested for his work and he is now speaking out.
On Monday, April 16, Matt McGorry, who is know for playing Asher Millstone on How To Get Away With Murder, was arrested at a Black Lives Matter rally in New York City. He was charged and released on disorderly conduct. The actor wrote in a powerful article for Medium.com, “Monday was my fifth time marching with NYC Shut It Down since the direct action organization began a little over three years ago. NYC Shut It Down has taken to the streets weekly on Monday nights, in actions called People’s Monday, to uplift the stories of Black and Brown people killed by the police and to call attention to the danger and displacement that gentrification — and its accompanying police presence — causes in communities of color.”
He also pointed out that he has attended several rallies and the ones that are predominately people of color always have more aggressive police prescene, "As someone who has also attended protests with primarily white protestors, such as the Women’s March, there’s a stark difference in police presence and tactics during these actions as compared to those led by people of color in protest of police and state violence. And as my ability to write this article shows, there’s a stark difference in how we’re treated under policy custody, too."
He also added, "In the age of Trump, the racist rhetoric of our country and the escalation of violence is suddenly highly visible to white folks in ways it never had been previously. But abuse stemming from the inherently oppressive nature of the police — even in the most liberal cities, like New York City or Los Angeles (my current home) — has never received the attention it deserves from its white residents."
Well said, Matt. Many people on Twitter praised Matt's advocacy. See below:
See the video of Matt's arrest below:
Can't be mad at Matt for this sincere act of activism. Stay woke, Matt!
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