Gabrielle Union has taken to her Instagram to share her father’s story for the first time, and this has stirred touching reactions from her fans.
According to the American actress, her father who served in the army was humiliated by the US police after a felon escaped from prison.
“My Dad… fully believed in the American dream. That if you just work hard & do the right thing, serve your country, marry a nice girl, you will be considered special, different. So he joined the Army, got out & married a nice girl and went to work and started a family,” she began.
She told her family’s story, how they – the children – were raised by their educated parents who contributed to the society by doing community service. But the scales were peeled off their eyes the day her father, well dressed for work, was harassed by the police just because of the colour of his skin.
“My father was stopped, pulled out of his car in front of the entire neighborhood and put spread eagle on the ground with guns pointed at him. They said a convict had just escaped from a nearby jail. The guy they were looking for was 20. My dad was balding in his 40s,” she said.
Though her father was finally set free, that incident changed their lives, and each time the police guns down a person of colour and gets away with it, they are reminded of the society treats them.
Only recently, the police officer who shot Philando Castile dead was set free, triggering yet another bout of emotional reactions from the black community.
“When I see this picture of my father I cannot help but think of #PhilandoCastile a good man who did all the right things and was a father figure to so many…and none of it mattered,” Union said on her page.
“On this day and every day know that we are not threatening by birth. Do not demonize our breath. We are not to be feared. Our lives, our children, our love… IT MATTERS! We matter. #BlackLivesMatter,” she concluded.
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