“I want to reiterate this sentiment: if your revolution does not include Black queer voices, it is anti-Black.”
You know Justice Smith. He’s starred in the films Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Detective Pikachu, and All the Bright Places.
“[Nicholas Ashe] and I protested today in New Orleans,” he wrote. “We chanted ‘Black Trans Lives Matter,’ ‘Black Queer Lives Matter,’ and ‘All Black Lives Matter’. As a Black queer man myself, I was disappointed to see certain people eager to say ‘Black Lives Matter,’ but hold their tongue when trans/queer was added.”
“I want to reiterate this sentiment: if your revolution does not include Black queer voices, it is anti-Black,” he wrote.
Justice equated anyone refusing to acknowledge and fight for queer and trans lives in the Black Lives Matter movement to “[pushing] yourself through the door of a system designed against you, and then [shutting] the door behind you.”
“It is in our conditioning to get as close to whiteness, straightness, maleness as we can because that’s where the power is,” he continued. “And if we appeal to it, maybe it’ll give us a slice.”
Justice continued, saying, “What should have been given to Black, queer, and trans individuals from the beginning. Which is the right to exist. To live and prosper in public. Without fear of persecution or threat of violence.”
He concluded his post by sharing photos of himself and his boyfriend, fellow actor Nicholas Ashe, writing, “There is so much tragedy on the timeline these last couple of days so I added some photos of me and Nic to show some #blackboyjoy #blacklove #blackqueerlove ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜”:
“You’ve been my rock and guiding light through all of this and I love you so much. I know that on the other side of this is change, though the fight is far from over,” he declared.
Justice also took to Twitter to clarify that he wasn’t using his post to “come out”:
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