Actor and political activist Danny Glover laments that police “don’t protect African Americans” and are society’s “last line line of defense for white supremacy.”
In a wide-ranging interview with Variety posted Thursday, Glover, known for films including “Places in the Heart,” “The Color Purple” and the “Lethal Weapon” franchise, said the United States is at a cultural crossroad amid the growing strength of the Black Lives Matter movement.
“We don’t know what’s going to happen in this particular moment, the resources and the allocations that are going to be thrown at this,” he told Variety. “The choices that are going to be made are going to be numerous.”
According to Glover, violence against Black people is “basically going unseen” when it comes to housing, health care and jobs.
“We see the actual violence because the police is what it is,” he told Variety. “It’s the last line line of defense for white supremacy. That’s what the police represents. They don’t protect African Americans.”
Glover said “institutional violence has its roots in so many different ways.”
“The violence that we see now that is acted out on the physical body of George Floyd has been the kind of violence that is engrained within the American idea of its culture, in its own subtlety, since the first Africans were brought here,” he said.
“So it’s 400 years of violence. It’s not just now.”
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