*Tiffany Haddish became emotional during a Black Lives Matter protest event outside of the Laugh Factory comedy club, as she spoke about being “tired of all this violence.
“I can’t even drive to Beverly Hills without getting pulled over — and I got a Tesla,” she said at the protest on Friday, PEOPLE reports. “I shouldn’t be afraid when I see those lights come on behind me, right? I shouldn’t feel like, is this gonna be the last day that I’m on earth? I shouldn’t feel like it’s dangerous to be born the way I was born.”
She continued, “There’s certain people in my family, if they walk out the door, they might not come back. I try to laugh and figure out a way to make it funny … It’s really hard. I got PTSD watching my friends being killed by the police. It’s scary, you shouldn’t be scared to be in America,” said Haddish, who wore a shirt with the words “Fed Up” on it. “It’s supposed to be the land of the free, the home of the brave and you’re supposed to be able to have a pursuit of happiness. We’re just trying to pursue that you don’t get killed today.”
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The comedian/actress said it’s been hard for her to find joy amid the ongoing civil unrest over the police killing of unarmed Black Americans.
“It has been so difficult for me to express any kind of joy or bring any kind of happiness or anything because I’m watching the world fall apart,” she said on “Late Night with Seth Meyers” last week. “And it feels like it needs to fall apart, things need to fall apart and be put back together again in a way that’s fair.”
Haddish went on to open up about attending George Floyd’s funeral in Minneapolis earlier this month.
“The thing that made me really want to be there is I have watched my friends be slaughtered by the police, I have watched people be murdered in front of me as a 13-year-old, 14-year-old girl, you know, and there was nothing I could do,” she said. “I wanted to be there in support of the families because I understand how they feel.”
“Being there was like being there for all my friends whose funerals I’ve already went to,” she said. “All the people I went to school with who’ve passed away or been locked up for no reason, just because they couldn’t afford a good lawyer or [were] accused of things they didn’t do.”
Haddish added, “I cried so much…it was like all the tears I’ve ever wanted to cry were coming out.”