Actor Calls for Black Americans to Boycott Work for a Day

Isaiah Washington demands action on police brutality
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 26, 2016 1:13 AM CDT
Actor Calls for Black Americans to Boycott Work for a Day
"No work. No school. No shopping for 24 hours," Washington says.   (AP Photo/Matt Sayles-File)

It's time for black Americans to send the rest of the country a message by boycotting "the very system that was built on the backs of black people here in America," says actor Isaiah Washington. The former Grey's Anatomy star has joined the #Missing24 movement to call for a boycott of work, school, and shopping for 24 hours starting Monday to protest injustice and police brutality, USA Today reports. "Every African born in America is fed up, hurt, confused, saddened and angry about the continued extrajudicial killings by public servants in our streets," Washington wrote in a Facebook post.

If every African-American "that was really fed up with being angry, sad and disgusted" stayed home for a day, "from Wall Street to the NFL ... Black Lives Would Matter," Washington wrote in another post. Washington—who says he won't speak to the media "until the People of America give me a 'reason' to"—has also called for black users of Facebook and Twitter to black out their profile pictures for 24 hours. Washington's call for a boycott has been widely shared in social media, but it's not clear just how widespread the Monday boycott will be, the Huffington Post notes. (More Isaiah Washington stories.)

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