Former Disney star Skai Jackson wants to use her platform to help as much as she can during the Black Lives Matter movement. Following the tragic death of George Floyd, the Jessie alum has been calling out and “exposing racists” online, and now, she has gotten real about why she decided to speak up and the implications it has had.
“I would always just get DMs from my fans because people know I’m an advocate for anti-bullying. So I would always just look at my messages and see a bunch of my fans saying, ‘Look at what this person said to me, I don’t know how to deal with this,'” she explained to Entertainment Tonight. “The more I saw it, it became 20 in a day, I was like, ‘You know what? No! I’m gonna speak out about it, ’cause I think it’s really important.’ People go through these struggles every day in life, and for me, it’s kinda like my duty with the big platform that I have, to use it for good.”
If you know a racist, don’t be shy! Tweet me the receipts 🧾
— Skai Jackson (@skaijackson) June 4, 2020
The actress has been sharing screenshots of people making racist remarks, along with their Twitter and Instagram accounts, names and in some cases, she has even tagged the schools and colleges they’re attending or their places of work to try to get them fired or kicked out.
“I don’t feel like someone who says these things shouldn’t be allowed to go to college, but I feel like maybe you should just do online,” she explained. “If you’re gonna be going to a college that’s mainly black and you’ve said these things? I don’t think it’s OK to put those people in a uncomfortable situation.”
To all the colleges who we contacted about the students they have being racist, please don’t just say you are going to look into it.. we gave you the information, please do the work!
— Skai Jackson (@skaijackson) June 6, 2020
The 18-year-old explained to the outlet that despite receiving more than 3,000 messages, she has tried her best to only call people out when a fan presents her with “legitimate examples of racist language or behavior.”
If you know a racist and would like to expose them, dm me on Instagram and give me all videos/ screenshots , Instagram and what school they go to. I might not answer but I do see it and will expose
— Skai Jackson (@skaijackson) June 5, 2020
“My fans have been good with sending me enough receipts so I know,” she continued. “I’m not exposing anything thats private — that’s one thing I won’t do. Everything that is said is public information. You posted these videos, it’s out there to the public. A lot of people have been trying to get me to post their address and number and I’m like, no, no, no, no, no, that’s one thing I will not do. I’m only posting public information.”
Skai revealed via Twitter on June 8, 2020, that she had been suspended because of it.
I’m back y’all. They blocked me on Twitter from tweeting for 12 hours for exposing racist lol
— Skai Jackson (@skaijackson) June 8, 2020
As fans know, many celebrities have spoken out and taken to the streets to protest over George’s unjust passing. The 46-year-old, unarmed black man died in Minneapolis, MN, on May 25, after a police officer knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes. The white officer — Derek Chauvin — did not move even as George repeatedly said “I can’t breathe,” as heard in a video captured by bystanders. The officer has since been arrested and charged with second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, while fellow officers Thomas K. Lane, Tou Thao and J. Alexander Kueng — who were also present at the time of the incident — were charged with aiding and abetting murder.
“I mean, my thing is, if you don’t like it, if you don’t support it, then obviously it says something about you yourself. In the back of my head, I was a little bit worried about it. I don’t know what — is this gonna harm me? But in my opinion, I feel like it’s done more justice for me and other people,” she added. “People can say whatever they want. But if you’re that bold to go on a public platform and say these things, please don’t get mad when someone addresses it. That’s simply what I’m doing. If you’re saying this to a hundred people, what’s the difference of a hundred people to a million people seeing it? You said what you said, and obviously you meant it, so… If you don’t want people to know, if you don’t want people to be mad, then you simply shouldn’t have made those videos and made those statements.”
I expose racist all day, everyday, 24/7 , 10 days a week, and opened all hours🙈
— Skai Jackson (@skaijackson) June 5, 2020
“I just want them to know that words sometimes do hurt, no matter how strong the person is,” the brunette beauty concluded. “Black people are already going through so much, right now in the world, and for you to think it’s OK to use those racial slurs against us is just disgusting to me. I really hope and pray that you educate yourself. Do your history and understand why saying the n-word and all these other things are not OK.”
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