While many condemned the actions of Baltimore youth who took to the streets in anger earlier this week, Amandla Stenberg stood in agreement with the civil unrest of residents.
“My prayers go out to all my brothers and sisters in Baltimore,” tweeted the young star on Monday. “This battle is hard but crucial. The revolutionary youth will change the world.” Amandla also addressed critics who characterized protesters as outlaws. “Don’t condemn our anger,” wrote the star. “Don’t denounce our pain as savage. What’s savage is the cruel inhumanity and brutality of the police. Condemn that.”
It was just a few weeks ago the Stenberg discussed institutionalized racism with social media fans. The actress praised those who used technology to oppose the recent onslaught of police brutality that has greatly impacted the African American community, and posed a very serious question to others: “What if America Loved Black People as Much as Black Culture?” Many commended Amandla for sharing the video, and thousands stood in agreement with the young star.
Freddie Gray is the most recent case of publicized police brutality. The Baltimore resident died while in the custody of law enforcement officers last week. Family members of the 25-year-old, along with concerned citizens, are still waiting for answers as to what led up to Freddie’s untimely death.