Skai Jackson has more than half a million Twitter followers, and she’s not afraid to use them.
As protests in support of the Black Lives Matter movement take place across the world, the Disney Channel star is using her social media influence to condemn racist behavior.
Jackson told Entertainment Tonight that she has gotten numerous direct messages from fans, who know she’s an anti-bullying advocate, asking her for advice on what to do when they encounter racist messaging.
“The more I saw it, it became 20 in a day, I was like, you know what? No! I’m gonna speak out about it, because I think it’s really important,” she said. “People go through these struggles every day in life, and for me, it’s kinda like my duty with the big platform that I have, to use it for good.”
In turn, she has been sharing the “receipts” of those abhorrent messages on Twitter, calling out perpetrators by name.
Jackson said she always proceeds with caution when calling people out. She requires legitimate, public proof before sending out a message to her followers.
Her tweets have done more than just call attention to bad behavior. After she shared screenshots of past racist, homophobic and misogynistic tweets that “The Flash” actor Hartley Sawyer had posted in the past, he was fired from the CW series.
Jackson told Entertainment Tonight she hopes that, in addition to condemning this harmful behavior, she can present learning lessons with each receipt she shares.
“A lot of people have written public apologies, which is really nice, but I just really hope that they’re not just saying this so people can get off their butt,” she said. “I really hope that they learn from this and educate themselves, because everyone does make mistakes, but it’s up to you to learn from them and move them forward.”
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