Tiffany Haddish is best known for making us laugh (like, so hard), but during a recent appearance on NBA star Carmelo Anthony’s YouTube show, What’s in My Glass?, she opened up about a very real fear felt by Black Americans.
The comedian got teary while talking about the idea of motherhood and what that means as a Black person. “I’m a little older now [Haddish is 40], and people are always asking when I’m going to have some babies,” she said. ‘There’s a part of me that would like to do that, and I always make up these excuses like, ‘Oh, I need a million dollars in the bank before I do that, I need this, I need that.’ But really, it’s like, I would hate to give birth to someone that looks like me…knowing that they’re going to be hunted or killed. Like, why would I put someone through that?
“And white people don’t have to think about that,” she continued. “It’s time to talk about that, and how we have to come together as a community and work as a unit—and maybe we don’t all agree on the same things, but we need to just find some common ground and move forward as human beings.”
Haddish went on to talk about why it was important for her to attend George Floyd’s funeral.
“The thing that made me really want to be [there] is I have watched my friends be slaughtered by the police,” she said. “I have watched people be murdered in front of me. And as a 13-year-old, 14-year-old girl, you know, and there was nothing I could do, except, ‘No, don’t do that!’—just yelling out. What does that do?”
She continued, “And so I wanted to be there in support of the family because I understand how they feel, and being there was like being there for all my friends whose funerals I already went to, all my friends who passed away, all the people that I went to school with who’ve passed away, have been locked up for no reason just ’cause they can’t afford a good lawyer or, you know, accused of things that they didn’t do.”
Watch the full Tiffany Haddish episode in the video, above.
Originally Appeared on Glamour