On Wednesday night’s edition of The Late Late Show with James Corden, Tracee Ellis Ross discussed current events surrounding the recent police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Touching on what led up to the incident as well as the fallout, the daughter of Disco icon Diana Ross, presented her opinions on how the event unfolded, how situations like it can be stopped, and the response by professional sports teams. “Jacob is your brother as he is my brother, we cannot keep the disregard for human life, or Black humanity, Black bodies, Black life to be brutalized and violently disregarded in that way and if we all don’t stand up, it won’t change,” she said.
Acknowledging moves made by professional sports teams to not play games or hold practices, the Black-ish star added, “I say bravo,” adding it wasn’t just in response to Blake, “it’s the history of this and the fact that it is enough.” Watch the full conversation here, and listen to more of what Ellis Ross has to say on the matter.
In the wake of Sunday’s incident, the Wisconsin Department of Justice issued an update, stating that, contrary to the initial narrative, police were called to a woman’s residence because her boyfriend (Blake) was trespassing on her property. As to whether or not there was a weapon in the 29-year-old’s car, Blake himself admitted to authorities that there was, in fact, a knife in the vehicle he was reaching into after being confronted by police. More official information can be found here.