Skai Jackson is doing her part to rid the internet of bullies. The 18-year-old is using her platform for good, amid worldwide protests in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, Skai is doing her part to shine a light on the ugly racist underbelly of the internet, posting receipts on her social media pages to “expose” repugnant behavior.
“I would always just get DMs from my fans because people know I’m an advocate for anti-bullying,” Skai shared with ET. “So I would always just look at my messages and see a bunch of my fans saying, ‘Look at what this person said to me, I don’t know how to deal with this.’”
“The more I saw it, it became 20 in a day, I was like, you know what? No! I’m gonna speak out about it, ’cause I think it’s really important,” Skai continued. “People go through these struggles every day in life, and for me, it’s kinda like my duty with the big platform that I have, to use it for good.”
Skai admitted that she tries to be “a little cautious” when it comes to calling people out, saying she only does it if she is provided legitimate proof.
“I’m not exposing anything that’s private — that’s one thing I won’t do,” Skai shared. “Everything that is said is public information. You posted these videos, it’s out there to the public. A lot of people have been trying to get me to post their address and number and I’m like, no, no, no, no, no, that’s one thing I will not do. I’m only posting public information.”
Skai went on to say that she doesn’t feel bad for anyone that has a problem with her takedowns.
“I mean, my thing is, if you don’t like it, if you don’t support it, then obviously it says something about you yourself,” the actress stated.
“In the back of my head, I was a little bit worried about it. I don’t know what — is this gonna harm me? But in my opinion, I feel like it’s done more justice for me and other people.”
“People can say whatever they want. But if you’re that bold to go on a public platform and say these things, please don’t get mad when someone addresses it,” Skai continued.
“That’s simply what I’m doing. If you’re saying this to a hundred people, what’s the difference of a hundred people to a million people seeing it? You said what you said, and obviously you meant it, so… If you don’t want people to know, if you don’t want people to be mad, then you simply shouldn’t have made those videos and made those statements.”
If you didn’t know, The Flash star Hartley Sawyer was recently fired from the show after Skai shared several of his past racist and misogynistic tweets.
“Honestly, I didn’t know who he was, but a lot of my fans were sending me his tweets and I just noticed that he was verified,” Skai explained.
“What he was saying… was just utterly disgusting. So, verified or not? I’m gonna say what I have to say and I mean, he got fired. That sucks, but he’s grown. He’s old enough to know that those things that you say, those homophobic slurs, those racists slurs, are just not OK. They’re not OK, period.”
Skai said that she decided to start doing this so that she can help make a change in the world.
“I really hope that they learn from this and educate themselves, because everyone does make mistakes, but it’s up to you to learn from them and move them forward,” Skai shared.
“I just want them to know that words sometimes do hurt, no matter how strong the person is. Black people are already going through so much, right now in the world, and for you to think it’s OK to use those racial slurs against us is just disgusting to me. I really hope and pray that you educate yourself. Do your history and understand why saying the n-word and all these other things are not OK.”
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