An increasing number of people are becoming disillusioned with the state of politics, the threat to women’s sexual and reproductive rights, and the sudden need to be more forceful in defense of equality, and egalitarianism.
If it’s not President Donald Trumps’ hiring of an official accused of sexual assault, wish to defund Planned Parenthood and rumoured ties to Russia, it’s the misrepresentation of ethnic minorities in the media, former Stanford student, Brock Turner, being released from prison after three months for rape, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton winning the popular vote by almost 2.8 million ballots yet failing to win the election, and advertising campaigns still failing to grasp the absurdity of ‘whitewashing’ and co-opting the Black Lives Matter Movement.
With a list like that, it’s no wonder activism, political revolution and boycotts against certain organisations are mounting at an incredible rate.
The indignation is something actress Zoë Kravitz is keenly feeling, especially following the news that policeman Roy Oliver, who shot and killed 15-year-old Jordan Edwards, has merely been fired, despite wishes for criminal charges to be levied against the officer.
Earlier this month, the 28-year-old star posted a picture to Facebook of the news, with the caption: ‘FIRED???? Why isn’t this [pig emoji] in jail??? (Not calling all police pigs, but this particular #murderer, is one) #blacklivesmatter’
Opening up about the impact of prejudice towards race, gender and sexual rights in recent months, Kravitz told ELLE UK: ‘I feel angry sometimes.’
However, instead of feeding her anger and letting it stir up hate and anguish towards the world, the Big Little Lies star admitted she hopes to use her emotions as a reminder for her to be a better individual in society.
‘[It] inspires me in different ways to be a more conscious person and more thankful for what I have and the people in my life. It inspires me to engage and learn.
Describing herself as ‘mixed’ race, Kravitz is vocal when it comes to discussing her biracial identity and how it has informed her own views on race and diversity.
‘The older I get, the more I experience life, I am identifying more and more with being Black, and what that means — being more and more proud of that and feeling connected to my roots and my history,’ she told the publication.
We’re glad to see Kravitz isn’t afraid to speak her mind on subjects so pertinent to the world.