Viola Davis is the only African-American actress to have won “The Triple Crown of Acting” – an Academy Award, a Primetime Emmy Award and two Tony Awards. The “Doubt” star recently narrated a true picture of racism via her Instagram post. Read on to know more.
Racism is built into the DNA of America…
The 56-years-old American actress who has won several accolades and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her acting career shared a saddening post depicting the status of racism in America.
Viola captioned her post by quoting Professor Annalise Keating, “Racism is built into the DNA of America. And as long as we turn a blind eye to the pain of those suffering under its oppression, we will never escape those origins.”
The Fences actress posted a collage of heavily armed white men who were arrested and unarmed black men and women who were murdered. Many fans took to her post and started pouring favourable comments.
One fan wrote, “Soul crushing”. Another fan wrote, “Wow! This image says it all!!!”. One fan strongly wrote, “Agreed… get it together America!”. A fan wrote, “Agreed… get it together America!” Toure Show, a podcast stated. “Racism is so deeply American that when we protest racism they think we’re protesting America.”
Advocacy for Equal Rights…
This is not the first time that one of the greatest actors of the 21st century has voiced her feeling toward racism. The Screen Actors Guild Award recipient shared a video explaining “systematic racism” in 2020 in the wake of the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and Tony McDade, all of whom were Black.
This video depicted a sad story of a young African-American boy Jamal who is friends with Kevin, a white boy living in a wealthy neighbourhood. It details how, because Jamal’s school is funded by property taxes in his lower-income neighbourhood, his school is not as well funded as Kevin’s.
Consequently, his classes are more crowded, his teachers are underpaid, and he doesn’t have access to a private tutor or extracurricular activities. The video also depicted many historic points like the division after the Civil War and ‘Redlining’ (blocking access to African Americans from private and public investment). The post got overwhelming support from fans.
Viola’s mother was also an activist during the Civil Rights Movement. At age two, Davis was taken to jail with her mother after she was arrested during a civil rights protest. She has described herself as having “lived in abject poverty and dysfunction” during her childhood, recalling living in “rat-infested and condemned” apartments.
The most nominated actress in the Oscars’ history, Viola and her husband, Julius Tennon, are founders of a production company, JuVee Productions. Davis is widely recognized for her advocacy and support of human rights and equal rights for women and women of color. What do you think about her recent post?