Ellen DeGeneres Pledges to Be an ‘Ally for Change’ After Backlash for Racial Injustice Comments

June 6, 2020

    Ellen DeGeneres has committed to becoming an “ally for change” in fighting racism.

    In response to the nationwide protests that have occurred in the wake of George Floyd’s death while in the custody of law enforcement, DeGeneres said she is taking the time to further educate herself on the racial injustices and police brutality affecting the black community.

    "I stand with the protestors who are exercising their rights and I want to be an ally fighting for change," the 62-year-old said during an at-home episode of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."

    "As a white person, I don’t always know what to say. I think right now white people have to just sit in our discomfort and we have to admit there's a lot we don’t know about Black people’s lives and about a black person’s experience. There is horrible injustice towards black people that has been ignored for far too long."

    While DeGeneres has tried to use her celebrity to shed light on important issues in the past, she confessed there is more she could be doing.

    "I like to think that I’m doing my best, but I think it’s time that we have to look at ourselves and we have to say we have not done enough," she added. "I want to learn how to be a better person, how to do better. I was the dancing lady for a little while and now I want to help educate my audience. I want to educate myself."

    DeGeneres’ pledge comes after deleting a tweet about racial injustice, which some fans found to be vague and hypocritical.

    According to Insider, the tweet said: “Like so many of you, I am angry and I am sad. People of color in this country have faced injustice for far too long. For things to change, things must change. We must commit ourselves to this change with conviction and with love.”

    Since speaking out on her show, DeGeneres has continued her advocacy by amplifying the voices of influential black leaders and personalities such as Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, CNN correspondent Van Jones and Martin Luther King Jr.’s daughter, Bernice King.

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