*Actress Niecy Nash is speaking out about her concerns over the safety of her 28-year-old son in the wake of George Floyd‘s death.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the “Claws” star opened up about her son Dominic’s recent experience with the police, and how he had a taser pulled on him during a minor traffic infraction.
“My son got stopped leaving my house last Sunday,” she said in the interview published on Monday, via PEOPLE. “And they pulled a taser on him for a rolling stop. And then proceeded to question him and ask him, ‘You have on a T-Mobile shirt. Do you work there? Because if you do, how did you afford this car? Because this is a 2020.’ “
Nash continued, “They don’t know if he was a manager. They don’t know if he was an owner. They don’t know if he had a rich mama. But what they probably felt like was, ‘How did this young black boy get a car that I don’t even have?’ And we fitting to make you suffer for it.”
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Niecy Nash, star of When They See Us and Mrs. America, on the heartbreak and rage of black parents:
“Now even the kids see that complying will not get you home to your family at the end of the day. So what do we tell them now? I have no idea.” https://t.co/SP7pBcd8hz
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She added, “I’m trying to figure out what to tell my own son. I used to say, if you just comply, get home, and if there was a wrong that happened, we’ll right it later.”
“But now we watched a murder on national TV when George Floyd was murdered. I don’t know because he complied. He was in handcuffs. He was on the ground with his hands behind his back. So I don’t even know. People are calling me, asking me to tell them something. And I’m trying to figure out what to tell mine.”
The actress also noted that it’s not the responsibility of Black people to teach others how to take action and denounce racism.
“It isn’t the responsibility of the oppressed to tell the oppressor what to do and how to right the wrong. So my suggestion is you need to ask non-black people what they can do,” she said. “Don’t call one more black person and ask them nothing about nothing. You call the white people and ask them what they could do because black people, by definition, can’t be racist because we’re not the ones in power.”
Nash previously announced that she and her fellow co-stars of “Reno 911!” were donating $10,000 to the family of George Floyd.
“Our entire cast is brokenhearted about the passing of George Floyd and prayerfully this donation will be a small step towards healing for his family.” she said on Good Morning America.