Skai Jackson Is Using Her Platform to Expose Racism Online
"People go through these struggles every day in life, and for me, it's kinda like my duty with the big platform that I have, to use it for good.”
Skai Jackson has a platform, and she’s devoted to using it for good. The 18-year-old actress says she receives thousands of DM requests from her nearly 550k Twitter followers and 6.5 million Instagram followers, many of whom are asking her to expose racist behavior online.
“I would always just get DMs from my fans, because people know I'm an advocate for anti-bullying," she told Entertainment Tonight. "So I would always just look at my messages and see a bunch of my fans saying, 'Look at what this person said to me, I don't know how to deal with this.’"
Jackson was inspired to take matters into her own hands. “People go through these struggles every day in life,” she explained, “and for me, it's kinda like my duty with the big platform that I have, to use it for good.”
She began sharing screenshots and videos of racist behavior on Twitter, calling out users, but only those of whom it was clear the act in question was not isolated. “My fans have been good enough with sending me enough receipts so I know,” she clarified.
"I'm not exposing anything that’s private — that's one thing I won't do," she told the outlet. "Everything that is said is public information. You posted these videos, it's out there to the public. A lot of people have been trying to get me to post their address and number and I'm like, no, no, no, no, no, that's one thing I will not do. I'm only posting public information.”
One of her callouts included actor Hartley Sawyer, whose Twitter history revealed racist, homophobic, and sexist sentiments.
“A lot of the people have written public apologies, which is really nice, but I just really hope that they're not just saying this so people can get off of their butt," she said of those she’s put on blast. "I really hope that they learn from this and educate themselves, because everyone does make mistakes, but it's up to you to learn from them and move forward."
"Black people are already going through so much, right now in the world, and for you to think it's OK to use those racial slurs against us is just disgusting to me. I really hope and pray that you educate yourself. Do your history [research] and understand why saying the n-word and all these other things are not OK."