Tiffany Haddish: ‘I can’t even drive to Beverly Hills without getting pulled over’

Tiffany Haddish and Common join the pride BLM protest

Tiffany Haddish attended the Black Lives Matter demonstrations in Los Angeles over the weekend. These are some photos of her out and about, wearing a mask but pulling it down to eat. I’ve heard that many cities’ BLM protests have had a more positive, carnival-like atmosphere now that so many police forces stood down and stopped trying to tear-gas and assault people constantly. At the BLM demonstration on Friday, Tiffany made a speech:

Tiffany Haddish is tired of feeling afraid because of the color of her skin. While attending a Black Lives Matter protest in Los Angeles on Friday, the actress and comedian, 40, spoke about the terrifying realities of what it’s like to be Black in America.

“I can’t even drive to Beverly Hills without getting pulled over — and I got a Tesla,” she told CNN at the protest. “I shouldn’t be afraid when I see those lights come on behind me, right? I shouldn’t feel like, is this gonna be the last day that I’m on earth? I shouldn’t feel like it’s dangerous to be born the way I was born. There’s certain people in my family, if they walk out the door, they might not come back. I try to laugh and figure out a way to make it funny … It’s really hard. I got PTSD watching my friends being killed by the police. It’s scary, you shouldn’t be scared to be in America,” Haddish, who wore a shirt with the words “Fed Up” on it, continued. “It’s supposed to be the land of the free, the home of the brave and you’re supposed to be able to have a pursuit of happiness. We’re just trying to pursue that you don’t get killed today.”

While addressing protestors outside of the Laugh Factory comedy club, Haddish became emotional as she spoke about being “so tired of all this violence.”

“I want the people to be empowered. I want power for the people. I want the people to be able to help create laws that can protect us and I want us to be able to prosper and have success and our children to be healthy,” she said, according to a video posted by Variety. “I just want the best for all of us and I feel like we all want that, but then there’s some other people that just want the best for themselves, and you know what, that’s cool, take care of you, but don’t try and hurt somebody else in the process,” she added.

[From People]

So many videos being posted of “arrests gone wrong” or “police brutally assaulting/shooting unarmed black people” begin after something questionable has happened. At the first sign that something is not alright, that’s when people start filming. But recently, there have been videos which show the whole interaction between police and civilians and they are haunting. It is so upsetting, infuriating and nauseating to see the COPS looking for trouble where none exists, the cops not understanding the law they’ve been sworn to uphold, the cops just wanting to shoot or beat people. The moment from “a cop pulls a black person over” to “cop shoots unarmed black person” can sometimes be just a matter of seconds or minutes. And those are the lived experiences throughout the black community, that’s what they have lived all their lives, knowing that they’re just one traffic stop away from being murdered in the street.

Tiffany Haddish and Common join the pride BLM protest

Photos courtesy of Backgrid.

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  1. stormsmama says:

    I can not imagine the absolute terror of living under constant threat of violence….
    It is so powerful that she is speaking up
    Police brutality has got to stop! Black lives matter!!

    • Dawn says:

      Hearing it from her, seeing as she is someone who speaks very candidly always, is very powerful. She isn’t aggressive here and she speaks from experience. Pulled over in Beverly Hills while being her and driving a Tesla. I just watched Crash, and that sounds a bit like the scene where Terrence Howard and Thandie Newton get harassed for no reason. PTSD from seeing friends killed by PD. Just wow. This should never happen or have happened. Thank you Tiffany for speaking up.

      • frenchtoast says:

        ” She isn’t aggressive here ” even if she was, it still wouldn’t invalidate her message. There is some thing as righteous anger. And black women should be allowed to express themselves without the tone policing.

      • Kittycat says:

        Who cares if she sounds aggressive? She is angry, black people are being abused and murdered.

      • frenchtoast says:

        I meant “such thing”

  2. LadySwampwitchGivsNeauFux says:

    I hear the same thing from my black friends, and it doesnt matter how educated, wealthy etc they still get pulled over. I absolutely cannot fathom what it would be like to live under those circumstances. Of courses she has PTSD. The whole community does.. Its a collective and individual PTSD and outrage over slavery and being kidnapped from their home continent and subsequently hundreds of years of oppression and racism.