Lonnie Chavis from This is Us Shares His Experience with Racism

Lonnie Chavis, a 12 year old black actor on This is Us shares his experience on racism. You should read the entire piece written by him, it's very well said and impactful.

I can recall a time on set when I started crying listening to an actor portray a racist grandmother toward my character. The director and writers told me that they didn’t need me to cry for the scene. However, it was hard for me not to cry as I witnessed what I had just learned was my reality. I wasn’t acting, I was crying for me. Can you imagine having to explain to a room full of white people why I couldn’t hold back my real tears while experiencing the pain of racism? I can.