“That’s White Privilege For Ya:” Matt McGorry Embarrassed He Didn’t Understand Systemic Racism
Whether you like him as one of Annalise Keating’s goofy law students on How to Get Away with Murder or as the loveable C.O. John Bennett on Orange is the New Black, we have a feeling you’ll have a lot more respect for Matt McGorry after reading a post he uploaded to Facebook last night.
In a time when it seems white people are increasingly trying to downplay the racism we so clearly see and experience each day, the actor has actually taken the time to educate himself on the concerns groups like Black Lives Matter have brought to the forefront in recent months and he now says other privileged white people have a responsibility to do the same. He wrote on Facebook after checking out The New Jim Crow:
“The New Jim Crow” by Michelle Alexander is absolutely brilliant. Every single page has me highlighting multiple paragraphs because it is all written so well and is so mind-blowing. It gives an incredible look at how the US criminal justice system fails and discriminates against people of color and specifically black folks. I’m embarrassed that I didn’t come across the information in this book sooner. But that’s white privilege for ya. I was never directly affected If you have any interest in understanding the complexities of systemic racism in America, this is a must read. Burning crosses and racial slurs are not the only types of racism affecting people of color. And we owe it to our black and brown brothers and sisters to understand this. We can’t pretend we live in a world where everything is even CLOSE to equal. #criminaljusticereform #BlackLivesMatter“
Among the 44,000 likes his post received was a thumbs up from singer Ne-Yo, and likely plenty other stars of color grateful to see at least one another person in a position of privilege and power “get it.” Let’s hope several others follow suit.