"Many folks are in denial about the extent to which racism exists in our country in 2019. Just ask a Black person. They will tell you stories."
In a time where people feel it's trendy to be racist and have pictures in blackface or with nooses, people still deny that racism exists in 2019 in the U.S. Whatever rhetoric might be thrown around for denying racism, Rainn Wilson addressed them all with an 'instantly chilling' Instagram photo.
"The Office" star Rainn Wilson hit out at racism in the U.S. with an “instantly chilling” Instagram photograph of a noose that was found hanging from a tree in the suburban Los Angeles yard of his African American friend. https://t.co/ok6IwBmY6p via @HuffPostEnt— ROBERT (@BLKROCKET) June 5, 2019
According to ABC 7, 'The Office' actor shared an image, on Tuesday, of a noose place in the front yard of a black family in suburban Los Angeles. Wilson - best known as Dwight from "The Office" - says the rope was placed in a tree in front of the home of his friend Jamey's sister - which was discovered by her 17-year-old daughter.
In his Instagram post, Wilson called the image "instantly chilling."
He says police shook off the racist gesture, essentially saying "What's the big deal?" - when Jamey and his sister, Yolanda, brought the racist incident to their attention.
"What's the big deal? Well, officer, the noose is the symbol of lynching which was used to hang thousands of African Americans, especially by the Klan," Wilson wrote.
Hats off to Rainn Wilson for comments regarding racism in America..Sadly, many of my acquaintances are racist. They do not do it consciously, I think it’s how they’re raised and with whom they associate. Visit Canada and you’ll have your eyes opened. Embrace diversity.— Chevalier sin nombre (@ChevalierSin) June 5, 2019
The actor, who played Dwight Schrute in the U.S. version of “The Office,” revealed on Tuesday how the noose was discovered and he vented his frustration out in the picture's caption.
"Granted, this is a pretty lame noose. Might have been made by some local kids or something. Who knows. But the fact is it is as strong a symbol of racial hatred, violence, and oppression as a Swastika."
“What’s the big deal?” - LAPD. The big deal is that police were tools of Jim Crow segregation in the South. That almost all of them were hooded Klansmen who would enforce racial order by dragging black people from their cars and... https://t.co/fPdGuCp60R— Richard Hartwell (@rahartwell) June 6, 2019
Wilson said, “Many folks are in denial about the extent to which racism exists in our country in 2019.”
“Just ask a Black Person. They will tell you stories,” he added, recounting a recent incident in which Jamey was subjected to a racist comment about “picking cotton” while searching for his ball on a golf course.
“Not sure if he was trying to be funny or not but literally Jamey’s great grandfather was an ACTUAL SLAVE on a plantation and was regularly beaten there. That’s not that long ago,” said Wilson.
Welcome to 2019 where racism is alive and well in America and everyone seems to think it's ok. It's even harder when it happens to friends in your own Faith. https://t.co/9AJ07bwbLn— Gabriel Morris (@gmorris1919) June 5, 2019
“Great grandfather. And, perhaps, a relative or two of Jamey’s were lynched. Or saw a lynching. Or heard of a lynching. And now, his niece gets to be reminded of what hate looks like. Right in her own front yard in suburban LA,” he wrote.
Actress Taraji P. Henson thanked Wilson for sharing the image. “God bless you, pure heart,” she commented. Singer Jordin Sparks simply responded: “Oh my gosh. This is horrible.”