Viola Davis Makes Powerful Demand On Behalf Of Women Of Color At Women’s March
“I am aware of all the women who are still in silence.”
Viola Davis told attendees of the Women’s March in Los Angeles, California, to know that time’s up on overlooking women of color in mainstream feminist movements.
The “How To Get Away With Murder” actress gave a powerful Saturday speech in which she began with a history lesson in Jim Crow laws and the black, Latinx and Native Americans they oppressed.
“And the reason why these Jim Crow laws were in place have stifled my rights and your rights is because we fell asleep,” she said. “We fall asleep when we’re moving ahead and we don’t look to the left and right and see that we’re not including people … Because really, at the end of the day, we only move forward when it doesn’t cost us anything. But I’m here today saying that no one and nothing can be great unless it costs you something.”
The Oscar-winning actress went on to talk about the #MeToo movement and the nameless girls and boys who disproportionately fall victim to sexual harassment but aren’t able to use their voices.
Watch Davis’ full speech here