Skai Jackson has more than half a million Twitter
followers, and she’s not afraid to use them.
As protests continue to 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 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”.
Jackson has been sharing the “receipts”
of those abhorrent messages on Twitter,
calling out perpetrators by name.
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”.
“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”