Worldwide protests in response to the police killing of George Floyd proceed, and as many celebrities start to become involved, Cole Sprouse has shared that he was detained throughout a current protest in Santa Monica, California.
On Monday, June 1, the Riverdale star shared an Instagram post of a Black Lives Matter graphic and defined what he had witnessed. “I used to be detained when standing in solidarity, as had been lots of the ultimate vanguard inside Santa Monica. We got the choice to go away, and had been knowledgeable that if we didn’t retreat, we’d be arrested,” he wrote. “When many did flip to go away, we discovered one other line of cops blocking our route, at which level, they began zip tying us.”
The choice for Cole Sprouse to talk out and present up comes as different white celebrities additionally start to make use of their platforms for change. Whereas some white celebrities have taken their time in sharing public responses and acknowledging racism, it’s important for fans not to wait on their favorites to speak up. All of us have a role to play.
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A group of peaceful protesters, myself included, were arrested yesterday in Santa Monica. So before the voracious horde of media sensationalism decides to somehow turn it about me, there’s a clear need to speak about the circumstances: Black Lives Matter. Peace, riots, looting, are an absolutely legitimate form of protest. the media is by nature only going to show the most sensational, which only proves a long standing racist agenda. I was detained when standing in solidarity, as were many of the final vanguard within Santa Monica. We were given the option to leave, and were informed that if we did not retreat, we would be arrested. When many did turn to leave, we found another line of police officers blocking our route, at which point, they started zip tying us. It needs to be stated that as a straight white man, and a public figure, the institutional consequences of my detainment are nothing in comparison to others within the movement. This is ABSOLUTELY not a narrative about me, and I hope the media doesn’t make it such. This is, and will be, a time about standing ground near others as a situation escalates, providing educated support, demonstrating and doing the right thing. This is precisely the time to contemplate what it means to stand as an ally. I hope others in my position do as well. I noticed that there are cameras that roll within the police cruisers during the entirety of our detainment, hope it helps. I’ll speak no more on the subject, as I’m (1) not well versed enough to do so, (2) not the subject of the movement, and (3) uninterested in drawing attention away from the leaders of the #BLM movement. I will be, again, posting the link in my story to a comprehensive document for donations and support.