Jennifer Lawrence, notorious for not having any public social media accounts, is now on Twitter – and for good reason. The actor has joined the public Black Lives Matter discourse, posting a call for action after the unjust death of Breonna Taylor – a young Black woman who was shot by police in her home in Louisville, Kentucky.
“As a Louisvillian, as a human being, I cannot be silent,” Lawrence, a Kentucky-native tweeted on Wednesday. “I join all those who are speaking out against this grave injustice, calling upon Attorney General Daniel Cameron to take immediate action to hold those responsible for her death accountable.” As of now, the officers involved have not been charged.
“Mr. Cameron, the longer you wait to bring criminal charges against officers Jonathan Mattingly, Myles Cosgrove, and Brett Hankinson, the more trust erodes,” she continued. “I urge you to commit to transparency in the investigation and prosecution of these officers, and address the LMPD’s insufficient response to Breonna Taylor’s murder.
“We must not allow the erasure of Black women to continue in America,” Lawrence added. “As many activists and leaders have been imploring for years: #SayHerName.”
— Jennifer Lawrence – Represent.Us (@JLawrence_RepUs) June 17, 2020
Her first tweet, posted on Tuesday, was a video from the RepresentUs organization about the United States’ criminal justice system, and how it has failed Black Americans.
“Nearly 1 in 4 Black men in America will be locked up at some point in their life,” the caption reads. “In this short video, @omarepps & @desmondmeade explain how corruption has broken our criminal justice system—& what we can do to fix it. #UnbreakingAmerica #JusticeForSale ” represent.us/justicenow.
Nearly 1 in 4 Black men in America will be locked up at some point in their life. In this short video, @omarepps & @desmondmeade explain how corruption has broken our criminal justice system—& what we can do to fix it. #UnbreakingAmerica #JusticeForSale https://t.co/nBgujzH2BH pic.twitter.com/Jhw4Jtav5L
— Jennifer Lawrence – Represent.Us (@JLawrence_RepUs) June 16, 2020
In 2018, Lawrence told InStyle that she chose to stay off social media due to pressure and negativity. “There is always so much backlash,” Lawrence told the outlet. “So many people are listening and paying attention, and they have so many opinions about absolutely everything. I really don’t want to welcome that unless it’s absolutely necessary. I don’t want to put myself out there for no reason.”
“Unless I’m promoting something or something really burns my onions, you won’t hear from me,” she explained.
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