Emma Watson Responds After Her Black Lives Matter Posts Receive Backlash

Emma Watson is opening up after receiving backlash for her Black Lives Matter posts on Instagram.

On Tuesday (June 2), the 30-year-old actress and activist took part in “Black Out Tuesday” by posting three black squares with white borders, and no captions.

Many fans spoke out in the comments and on Twitter about how this was the first she’s done anything as an activist and they were upset she didn’t share anymore info. People also called out how she added the borders to go along with her Instagram aesthetic.

After midnight that night, Emma shared new posts on Instagram, addressing why she didn’t post anything else.

“I was holding off posting until #blackouttuesday ended in the UK.,” she captioned a piece of art.

“The Artwork of my brilliant dear friend @fahamupecou ‘White Lies, Subtleties, Micro-Aggressions, and Other Choking Hazards’ B R O K E N O P E N (poem + text from the series BLACK MATTER LIVES) by Dr Fahamu Pecou⁣,” she went on to write, along with the entirety of the poem.

She also quoted Dr. Fahamu Pecou⁣: “We can not be broken. We do not break. For too long we’ve been afraid that their violence would end us. But we are still here. Some they took, but they’ve all come back. They never truly left.”

“Say their names #AhmaudArbery #BreonnaTaylor #GeorgeFloyd,” she added.

“I stand with you,” she wrote in another post with a quote: “There is so much racism, both in our past and present, that is not acknowledged or accounted for. White supremacy is one of the systems of hierarchy and dominance, of exploitation and oppression, that is tightly stitched into society. As a white person, I have benefited from this..”

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