Emma Watson is speaking out against “white supremacy” and “systemic racism” after facing criticism on social media for her Blackout Tuesday posts.
The ‘Harry Potter’ star recently addressed the Twitter backlash through her posts on Instagram.
Many of her fans expected the British actress and activist to post meaningful messages and also accused her of performative activism.
Emma Watson joined the Blackout Tuesday movement by sharing three black slides on her social media account. However, she gave the post her own twist as the black squares were framed by white borders.
All the three were captioned with hashtags, “#blackouttuesday, #theshowmustbepaused, #amplifymelanatedvoices and #amplifyblackvoices”.
However, many of her fans did not like her twist and criticised the actress in her comments section and all over social media.
Emma Watson faced backlash for prioritizing her Instagram aesthetic over speaking about protests. She was also accused of performative activism.
After this, the 30-year-old actress has now shared a response to this criticism on her Instagram.
She shared a message to her 57.2 million Instagram followers, writing in the caption, “I stand with you.”
“There is so much racism, both in our past and present, that is not acknowledged nor account for,” Emma Watson wrote. “White supremacy is one of the systems of hierarchy and dominance, of exploitation and oppression, that is tightly stitched into society.”
She continued, “As a white person, I have benefited from this . Whilst we might feel that, as individuals, we’re working hard internally to be anti-racist, we need to work harder externally to actively tackle the structural and institutional racism around us.”
“I’m still learning about the many ways I unconsciously support and uphold a system that is structurally racist,” she added.
“Over the coming days, I’ll be using my bio link and Twitter to share links to resources I’ve found useful for my own researching, learning, listening. I see your anger, sadness and pain. I cannot know what this feels like for you but it doesn’t mean I won’t try to.”
Several Hollywood actors such as Hugh Jackson, Emilia Clarke, John Boyega, Henry Cavill, Samuel L. Jackon, Cole Sprouse, Keanu Reeves, Halsey, etc. participated in the Blackout Tuesday movement.
The unfortunate death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man has sparked off worldwide protests for Black Lives Matter.
George Floyd was brutally killed after a police officer was seen kneeling and putting all his body weight on George Floyd’s neck.