Emma Watson Made A Statement About White Privilege And Racism After Receiving Backlash For Her #BlackoutTuesday Instagram Posts

    "I'm still learning about the many ways I unconsciously support and uphold a system that is structurally racist."

    Emma Watson has made a statement denouncing white supremacy and supporting the Black Lives Matter movement following backlash over her Instagram posts on #BlackoutTuesday.

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    On Tuesday, Emma joined many celebrities in posting a black square on Instagram. However, the campaign was quickly criticised for drowning out important information and voices.

    The blackout — which began with the intent of amplifying black voices — was quickly denounced as performative and even harmful, with many arguing that people should instead be using their voices to share information about the Black Lives Matter movement.

    i just really think this is the time to push as hard as ever. i don’t think the movement has ever been this powerful. we don’t need to slow it down by posting nothing. we need to spread info and be as loud as ever. https://t.co/9nvy3HodjD

    I completely get the blackout thing but I just feel like a lot of it is performative,I’ve seen so many people who haven’t posted 1 thing this whole time now posting a black square to make themselves feel good v white saviour vibes Just posting a black square is not solidarity 1/4

    so many people posting a black square with a hashtag and thinking that’s enough. it’s not. if you’ve been silent this whole week but only now posting a black square, that is performative activism. where has this energy been the whole week? we see you. do better.

    And Emma in particular received serious backlash for her #BlackoutTuesday posts, especially because she edited her posts to "fit her Instagram aesthetic."

    emma watson taking time out of her day to edit a black square so that it fits her instagram feed at age THIRTY but not posting a single link to donate/sign petitions just isn't sitting right

    emma watson really posted three other blank black pics so it wouldn't ruin her aesthetic i-

    Many pointed out that she should use her platform to help the cause, particularly because she's made a name for herself as an activist in recent years.

    emma watson calling herself an activist while staying silent for five days, besides posting three blank picture that dont mean anything, now posting a black picture and four hashtags which are supposed to do what? POST PETITIONS, DONATE, BE ACTIVE. silence is not an option.

    Now Emma has revealed that she was waiting for #BlackoutTuesday "to be over in the UK" before she added her own voice to the conversation.

    In a statement posted on her Instagram account, Emma acknowledged her white privilege and said white people need to "work harder to tackle the racism around us".

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    "There is so much racism, both in our past and our present, that is not acknowledged nor accounted for," Emma wrote. "White supremacy is one of the systems of hierarchy and dominance, of exploitation and oppression, that is tightly stitched into society. As a white person, I have benefitted from this."

    She went on: "Whilst we might feel that, as individuals, we're working hard internally to be anti-racist, we need to work harder externally to actively tackle the structural and institutional racism around us."

    "I'm still learning about the many ways I unconsciously support and uphold a system that is structurally racist," she said, adding that she would be using her platform to share resources for people to learn about the cause.

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    She concluded the statement: "I see your anger, sadness, and pain. I cannot know what this feels like for you but it doesn't mean I won't try to."

    Ellie Bate is a celebrity reporter and talent coordinator at BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.

    Contact Ellie Bate at eleanor.bate@buzzfeed.com.

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