Tiffany Haddish says she’s fearful about having children due to racism
The Girls Trip star said she would hate to bring a baby into the world where they may be 'hunted' because of her skin
Tiffany Haddish appeared on Carmelo Anthony’s show, What’s In Your Glass, and talked about how fearful she is to have children that will be “hunted” because of the color of their skin.
Haddish joined Anthony on his show to discuss various topics, including her career trajectory, circulating the Black dollar in the community, and her place in the Black Lives Matter movement.
One of the most astonishing moments, was when she talked to the NBA All-Star about one of her biggest fears, parenting.
“I have watched many of my friends, more than two, be killed by police officers. It makes you feel like dang … as a Black person we are being hunted.”
She continued, “We’re hunted and we’re slaughtered and they get this license to kill us and that’s not okay. I’m older now and people always ask ‘When you going to have some babies?” The Girls Trip star says that she has always felt this way.
In her delightfully funny way, she shared how as she gets older the pressure to have children is coming from many of those people in her circle. Her response to those people, according to Haddish, is always an excuse about money or finding a mate. But admits, it is something deeper — that many Black women feel.
“I would hate to give birth to someone that looks like me … knowing that they will be hunted or killed. Why would I put someone through that?”
Anthony responds, “It is scary to even think about that.”
“I’m not a fearful person, but I have watched more than two of my friends growing up be killed by police officers. It makes you feel like dang, as a Black person we’re being hunted, and I’ve always felt like that,” said Haddish.
Authorities use force against Black people seven times more often than they do against whites, reported The Washington Post on Minneapolis, the city Floyd was killed in.
According to the same report, Black men in America are about 3.5 times more likely to be killed by police than whites Americans. On average 1 in every 1,000 Black men will die at the hands of law enforcement.
Haddish’s fears are real and supported by facts.
From 2015 until June 7, 2020, police have shot and killed 5,400 people. Black people are being shot and killed by police at a disproportionate rate. Former rapper turned bouncer, George Floyd was one of them.
“When I pulled up my heart was pounding like crazy because the week before I went to George Floyd‘s memorial. And that was like a really emotional thing for me. I was feeling pretty devastated and I was crying like every single day. Until I went to that protest,” she continued.
Anthony and Haddish continued their discussion, centering their conversation on ways to fix some of the inequalities Black people face.
“We need to find some common ground, and move forward as human beings,” said Haddish.
She also talked about her She’s Ready Foundation, her nonprofit dedicated to supporting foster youth. The conversation continued with the pair discussing educations, where the Black community will be in 5 years, Haddish’s growth, and more.
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