'Big Brother' airs important Black Lives Matter conversation between houseguests
During Wednesday’s broadcast of Big Brother, racial equality became a major talking point for some of the houseguests. At one point, Kaysar Ridha was overcome with emotions discussing the current protests for equality and his own struggles with racial discrimination.
Kaysar, who is Iraqi American, dealt with racism when he first appeared in Season 6. It was 2005 and the U.S. was in the middle of a military campaign in Iraq, so Kaysar felt the pressure of representing his people. Knowing first-hand the dangers of racism, he hopes to be an advocate for Black people.
He discussed the current national and international protests for equality with houseguests Da’Vonne Rogers and Nicole Anthony. He said, “I'm just not happy with where we are as a society, honestly.”
Kaysar also voiced his support for Black Lives Matter, saying, “I look at what's happening, protests and kneeling, and it's, like, people shout because you never listen in the first place. We've got to get to a point where we can hear their whispers.”
Kaysar is also hoping to shape a better world for future generations. “I've become a father, to a precious little 4-year-old, I don't want him to see the world the way it is,” he said. “I want him growing up in a world where he knows that we're better than this.”
Da’Vonne, who is Black, appreciated Kaysar’s sincerity and was glad that he was willing to have the conversation on a public platform.
“When we have conversations like this, this isn't even about the game,” said Da’Vonne. “This is just people being able to relate and taking the opportunity to use our platform for something good.”
Big Brother airs Sundays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8 p.m. on CBS.
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