As protests against police brutality grip America following the shooting of Jacob Blake, who was shot in the back seven times by police, Like a Boss star Tiffany Haddish maintains that there is still plenty of good in the world even though it’s hard to see right now.
Haddish, who is a self-professed optimist, fought back tears as she offered advice on TMZ on how to rise above and take a stand against racial injustice.
“It is bad, but it’s been bad for a long time and now the world can see it,” the comedian noted in regards to the violence plaguing the country. “I’ve heard the crazy, I’ve dated crazy, I’ve experienced it and at the end of the day…”
At that point, Haddish had to shut her eyes and shake her head in an effort to dispel her tears. Clapping her hands together, she took a deep breath and declared, “I’m an optimistic person, but there is a level of concern that I have. I’m not even gonna call it fear no more cause fear is false information appearing real.”
While noting how overwhelming it has been digesting all the information coming in, the 40-year-old actress stressed the importance of knowing “what’s real and what’s fake.”
As for the inescapable truths, Haddish notes, “There’s always gonna be somebody trying to destroy you. There’s always going to be somebody trying to tear [your community] down.”
However, she says the number of people wishing her and her community harm is greatly outnumbered by good people, estimating between 15 to 25 percent of the country “are doing crazy things.”
In order to rise above the hatred, Haddish says people have to band together and believe that “everyone can have their dreams” and live peacefully in America.
By Megan Stone
Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.