“To my black fans, I have now made it my purpose to fight for us. To the six-year-old me who had no role model that looked like me on TV. This is for you. We aren’t your token black non dimensional characters. This is being black in Hollywood. I will fight for YOU,” she wrote on Twitter. “And I will no longer take roles that don’t properly represent us. PERIOD.”
And I will no longer take roles that don’t properly represent us. PERIOD.
— Vanessa Morgan (@VanessaMorgan) June 3, 2020
For those who missed it, the star called out the CW show in a series of tweets posted on May 31, 2020, for making her a “side kick” and paying her the least amount of money throughout her time in the series, following the tragic death of George Floyd.
“I’m not being [quiet] anymore,” she captioned a powerful post that read, “Tired of how black people are portrayed in media. Tired of us being portrayed as thugs, dangerous or angry, scary people. Tired of us also being used as side kick non-dimensional characters to our white leads. Or only in the ads for diversity but not actually in the show. It starts with the media. I’m not being [quiet] anymore.”
— Vanessa Morgan (@VanessaMorgan) May 31, 2020
“I’m the only black series regular but also paid the least,” she added. “I could go on for days.”
Lmao too bad I’m the only black series regular but also paid the least 😂👏🏽 girl i could go on for days 🐸
— Vanessa Morgan (@VanessaMorgan) June 2, 2020
As fans know, many celebrities have spoken out following George’s unjust passing. The 46-year-old, unarmed black man passed away 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.
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