The Little Fires Everywhere star, who recently opened up about the George Floyd protests and Black history, revealed that many people don't believe she should have a voice because she's an actor.
The Golden Globe-nominated star spoke on the matter in an upcoming episode of Jemele Hill is Unbothered, saying, “It’s crazy when somebody says like, ‘How dare you, Kerry Washington, have a voice. You’re a so-privileged Hollywood actor person.’”
“No matter what I do, no matter how many Emmy nominations, I am still scared, at times, to scooter in neighborhoods with my kids where I feel like somebody could call the cops...because that cop may never have seen Scandal. I still have that very real fear,” she revealed.
“Nobody should be silenced because of their job,” Kerry continued. “I have to be extra responsible in ensuring that what I say comes from my heart and is me speaking for me, and not on behalf of any other organizations or ideologies, which I don’t.”
“When I speak about this country, I speak as a mother, I speak as a woman, I speak as a Black person…I don’t speak as a Hollywood elite."
"I speak as somebody who’s the mother of Black children, as somebody who had student loans way longer than I thought I would. I speak as somebody who cares about my community and the community that my family lives in, my extended family.”