The saying "violence is not the answer" apparently doesn't hold true anymore — or so Jessica Chastain discovered on Twitter this week after she tried to encourage peaceful protests and condemned the "alt-left" and violence.
No, really, this is a thing.
It started when Chastain posted a tweet of a Time article explaining why the "alt-left" is a problem.
Interesting article. If we resort to violence as a way to combat hate, we become what we are fighting. https://t.co/TsJRoWRKBZ— Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) August 29, 2017
Then she got into a debate with another Twitter user over a quote from Martin Luther King Jr. about nonviolent protests.
'Returning violence for violence multiplies violence' I'm here for changing the world through peaceful protests, calling my reps, and VOTING pic.twitter.com/QAW1DASxZ3— Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) August 29, 2017
To that tweet, a follower responded that she should "listen to people without your privileges" and referred to Chastain as a "white moderate." Those tweets have since been deleted, but Chastain's responses have not.
If the color of my skin is going to cause you to generalize, perhaps you shd look back over whether or not I've been silent to injustice— Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) August 29, 2017
Nonviolent protest has NOTHING to do with self defence. Please look at the last article I posted. Data shows that nonviolence works better -— Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) August 29, 2017
After all the exchanges, Chastain posted a heartfelt video in which she teared up when talking about social change in this country.
"I’m making a video because my heart is very heavy," Chastain said. "I’ve learned so much the past few days about the trauma many people are experiencing in our country. I’ve had the opportunity to listen, more than to speak, and it’s really hard for me to express my feelings, my thoughts, in 140 characters.”
She added, "I wanted you guys to know that I hear you. I want you to know that I’m committed to creating transformative social change, that I’m committed to dismantling systems of oppression. I share in the sense of what is happening in the country. I hear you. You may never have met me, but I love you."
pic.twitter.com/2ZblYPK84R— Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) September 1, 2017
Luckily, this time around, there was support instead of hate.
Have we reached the point that posting a thoughtful article on the value of nonviolence gets you blowtorched on Twitter? Sigh.— Jeffrey Kluger (@jeffreykluger) September 1, 2017
Your voice as an ally is needed now more than ever.— LaToya Morgan (@MorganicInk) September 1, 2017
You are beautiful Jessica Thank you for sharing your thoughts and feelings and love. Your openess and generous spirit is so special— Melissa Hiebert (@melissarenaeart) September 1, 2017
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