by G. Brown
Actor Jeffrey Wright always brings his “A” game whether he is playing the villainous drug dealer on the wrong side of Samuel L. Jackson’s lead in 2000’s “Shaft”, civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King mobilizing masses to action in 2001’s “Boycott” or making us believe that a robot named Bernard has more humanity than most humans in HBO’s “Westworld”.
Wright’s career has spanned almost three decades and has earned him Golden Globes, Tony Awards and AFI honors as Actor of the Year. But it’s not just on the big screen that Wright brings that mesmerizing ‘A’ game, he also brings it on social media. As an SJW(social justice warrior) Wright is very vocal about politics and injustices. His outspokenness often makes him the target of a lot of hate. Take this weekend for instance …
Actor Jeffrey Wright has said he cannot imagine how badly “f*cked in the mind and spirit” President Trump must be, accusing him of being a “sh*t head” who refuses to use his power for good.
Jeffery, you’re a real loser!https://t.co/5Ee54Asy4b
— Mark Grant (@mgrant76308) July 27, 2019
I never saw this so called actor @jfreewright. Sounds like a washed up 3rd rate in the gig who can’t make it in the swamp called #Hollywood is trying 2 draw attention to himself cuz these reprobates have figured out that they get short term fame on social media by bashing @POTUS
— KESHAVA PRASAD (@bhakeshlove) July 27, 2019
Actors like Wright are always targets of racist rants by people who hide behind a false patriotism and try to dismiss the targets as has-beens or less intelligent. None of which applies to the actor in question, but shows what any person of color endures on social media for daring to speak up. And it applies to any actor standing up against injustice against difference races, religions and genders. Actors like Chris Evans(“Captain America”, “The Avengers”) Ron Perlman(“Hell Boy”) Alyssa Milano (“Charmed”) Bette Midler and Cher have all been targeted for their liberal views.
The Wright attack may have coincided with yet another racist weekend tirade by Trump attacking Congressman Elijah Cummings home district of Baltimore calling it “crime-ridden” and “rodent-infested”. The district is overwhelmingly Black.
The vitriol is hate at its worst and enough to drive you off social media most days. But this weekend’s typical racist free for all brought another unexpected dimension began trending on Twitter …
I’m a beer drinking fat redneck from SE Louisiana. I have also served all around the world with folks of every race, Creed, color and religion.
Racism is dumb as shit y’all.
— I10 Veteran (@LaLiberalVetera) July 29, 2019
I have an announcement to make.
I stand for what’s right in the world, and to that end, I proudly say I am one of many #WhitePeopleAgainstRacism
That is all. RT if you agree.
— Jared B (@LesleyPro_04) July 29, 2019
Let’s remember those brave women and men, and children, who stood against racism in the 50s and 60s.
It took a mass movement and great suffering to make some progress. #Trump is as Racist as segregationist governor George Wallace and twice a dangerous pic.twitter.com/CUguUSJ8w4
— MalSimonEsq (@opheliasbrother) July 29, 2019
What had been the silent majority finally coalesced after Trump’s latest volley of attacks intended to mobilize his base. Instead, Trump mobilized all those White voters who are sick of his rhetoric. One person asked, “why do I have to tell the world I’m not racist-it shouldn’t be assumed that all White people are racist”. It shouldn’t be, but that’s what the world has come to. Times demand people make their voices heard in the battle against sexism and misogyny thanks to the MeToo campaign…so why should a battle against racism be any different?
Kudos to all those people like Kassandra Seven who posted “
#WhitePeopleAgainstRacism is trending and I love it. There are too many white people that deny racism is even a problem. We must be louder than them because they are wrong.”
Stand up for something America, or you’ll fall for anything–even a con-man willing to divide the United States with a race war if it means he’ll win re-election.