Lori Loughlin’s daughter Olivia Jade urges people to reject all forms of racism: We need to ‘USE OUR WHITE PRIVILEGE TO STOP THIS’ … as parents await sentences after pleading guilty in college admissions scandal
- Influencer says people need to take strong stance against casual racist behavior
- She says she and her peers need to ‘USE OUR WHITE PRIVILEGE TO STOP THIS’
- She’s been in headlines after parents pleaded guilty in scandal this month
- They are slated to be sentenced in August
Lori Loughlin’s daughter Olivia Jade took to Instagram Sunday with an impassioned plea to her 1.3 million followers to correct all acts of racism.
The 20-year-old social media influencer wrote, ‘Need to understand that just “not being racist is not enough” if you hear people saying disrespectful things, correct them.’
Jade made her case less than a week into a national unrest with rioting over dozens of cites in response to the death of 46-year-old security guard George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Saying her piece: Lori Loughlin’s daughter Olivia Jade, 20, took to Instagram Sunday with an impassioned plea to her 1.3 million followers to correct all acts of racism
Floyd died at a nearby hospital shortly after an exchange caught on camera in which he was handcuffed and pleading for his life as police officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on the back of his neck, rendering him unable to breathe; Chauvin has since been fired and charged in the incident.
Olivia, who’s sister to Bella, 21, and daughter to designer Mossimo Giannulli, 56, said that everyone should be offended when another racial, religious or cultural group is spoke about poorly or made fun of.
‘Don’t sit there & allow this to continue happening,’ she said. ‘And if someone says something like “no one is around that offense” or “it’s a joke” it should offend ALL of us speak because it’s outright wrong and disgusting that humans talk/treat each other humans THE way we’ve seen.
Olivia said that big changes have to be made at the ground floor and people shouldn’t hesitate to set someone straight when it comes to jokes and slurs said in private.
Sea change: Olivia said that big changes have to be made at the ground floor and people shouldn’t hesitate to set someone straight when it comes to jokes and slurs said in private
Focused: Olivia said that her newfound awareness makes her want ‘to learn more and do more and be better for all [her] beautiful black friends and any other person who faces discrimination’
‘Explain how it’s not funny at all,’ she said. ‘How ignorant how actually ignorant it sounds. How uneducated you sound when u are undermining with black people have had to deal with for generations. Speak up!!!’
Olivia said that it’s not only words but actions that play into changing things in the future.
‘If you see something that doesn’t look right… do something!!!!!’ she said. ‘THIS NEEDS TO BE CHANGED. FOREVER! And as a person who is born into privilege based on my skin color & financial situation I was not always aware that these issues were still so present. And that makes me feel awful. But that also fuels me.
Olivia said that her newfound awareness makes her want ‘to learn more and do more and be better for all [her] beautiful black friends and any other person who faces discrimination.’
She noted: ‘I’m not racist and I never have been but I need to speak up about this because just not being racist isn’t enough. It out rages me. It makes me feel sick. It brings me to tears. THERE SHOULD NOT BE SUCH A GAP BETWEEN PEOPLE LIKE THIS.’
Jade said that it’s time other social groups to align with the black community until these major societal problems are addressed.
‘We need to support and stand up and speak and USE OUR WHITE PRIVILEGE TO STOP THIS. We need to stop complaining about the smallest things because the black community are fearful of dying and being oppressed every single day just on the way they look and how they were born. Time to step up and keep making noise because this cannot continue to happen. It’s disgusting.’
Jade made her case less than a week into a national unrest with rioting over dozens of cites in response to the death of 46-year-old security guard George Floyd in Minneapolis
Simpler times: Bella, Lori Loughlin and Olivia posed at a July 2017 event in LA
Olivia’s been in the headlines after her parents admitted they tried to lie and bribe scholarships for her and her sister earlier this month in a federal court in Massachusetts. Both admitted to conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud and are slated to be sentenced in August.
In the incident leading to Floyd’s premature death, arresting officers said he matched the description of a forgery suspect, and subsequently resisted them when they took him into custody.
In an accompanying clip, Chauvin was seen pinning his knee into the back of Floyd’s neck as Floyd pleaded with him to relent.
‘Please, please, please, I can’t breathe,’ Floyd said. ‘Please, man … my stomach hurts, my neck hurts, everything hurts … I can’t breathe.’
Floyd later died in police custody in a nearby hospital.
Chauvin faces charges of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, though the trio of officers he was with, who were also fired, haven’t been charged in connection with the incident.
In the wake of the jarring sequence of events, riots began in Minnesota and spread both nationwide and internationally, with thousands of protesters taking to the streets, even amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
In the three straight nights of rioting, The Associated Press reported that at least 4,100 arrests were made in connection with the demonstrations in major metropolitan areas nationwide.
The incident has drawn parallels to the Los Angeles riots of 1992 which broke out after police were acquitted in their trial over the beating of Rodney King, which was caught on videocamera. In the five days of rioting, more than 60 people died, 2,000-plus were hurt and damages to destroyed property topped $1 billion.
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