The Midsommar May Queen (shangri__la) wrote in ohnotheydidnt,
The Midsommar May Queen

Christian Slater says he would be in Rikers if he wasn’t a white guy

During an interview with Jimmy Fallon promoting his new miniseries 'Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story,' Christian Slater got to discussing the current unrest and protests regarding the killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.

"These have just been surreal times. Of course I’m horrified by the murder of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor and countless black men, women and children. So on the one hand, it’s great that there is a rising up here to make significant change."

He also delved into systemic racism and how white and class privileges have benefited him:

"I have crossed paths with the police a few times myself and they didn’t murder me because the system isn’t designed that way. I was allowed to get help, get off drugs and alcohol and today, I’ll go to a place like Rikers Island and talk to inmates. They’re pretty much guilty of things that I’ve done, but when the meeting ends, I can leave. It’s pretty much skin color that determines that.

Clearly we’re in a crazy broken system. This society has no right to call itself civilized until all of its citizens are treated with equality. I’m working on listening and educating myself as much as possible."

Slater had been arrested multiple times from 1989 to 2005 for drunk driving, weapons, substance abuse and domestic violence charges.

Tags: actor / actress, interview, jimmy fallon, race / racism

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