But we all have jobs to go to and lives to live. We now have to pick up and go into places where “performance” is necessary. We have to put away the aforementioned feelings and go out into a world that has certain expectations of us.
If you are a Black actor on Broadway, your “performance” will be doubled today. Several of our favorite Broadway Black actors have spoken out following the tragic murder of Alton Sterling, a Black man executed while pinned down by police outside of a convenient store in Baton Rouge, La. yesterday.
— ChristianDanteWhite (@dantechristian) July 6, 2016
— Audra McDonald (@AudraEqualityMc) July 6, 2016
I CANT TAKE IT! My heart can’t take it. Do you know how broken our spirits become every time we witness something like this? As many heartfelt comments I see about fictional characters like Poussey we should care about the lives of real people just as much. Every person is flawed but no one deserves to have their life snatched from another that way. #AltonSterling
If you don’t make noise. They will never here you. You WILL hear me when I say #AltonSterling mattered.
— Adrienne Warren (@adriennelwarren) July 6, 2016
These justifications and excuses are just infuriating….. #AltonSterling
— Cynthia Erivo (@CynthiaEriVo) July 6, 2016
— Anika Noni Rose (@AnikaNoniRose) July 6, 2016
Do you hear it? It’s faint, but persistent. It’s the collective, sustained, composed frustration and exhaustion of Black folks in America. But every wrong act carries with it an opportunity for justice. Here is your opportunity, America. Don’t let us down.