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Activist and author Kimberly Jones was out in Atlanta on May 31 interviewing people about the protests in response to the police killing of George Floyd for a documentary when she paused to speak to the camera about the history of racism in the U.S. In a video that has now received more than 1.7 million views on YouTube, she discussed the importance of asking why people might feel driven to loot and compared systemic financial oppression to a fixed game of Monopoly. Her language resonated, drawing praise from Trevor Noah, LeBron James, Lizzo, Janelle Monáe and Madonna.
Jones is the co-author, along with Gilly Segal, of the 2019 young adult novel I’m Not Dying With You Tonight, a finalist for an NAACP Image Award. The authors drew on their experiences as a Black woman and a white woman, respectively, to tell the story of two teen girls: Lena, who is Black, and Campbell, who is white. Lena and Campbell’s perspectives on race and inequality are challenged when they’re forced to rely on one another to survive a night of racial tension and violence in their city. Jones and Segal spoke to TIME about the power of Jones’ video, the problems with how children are taught U.S. history and how they manage uncomfortable conversations.
By: Jill Painter Lopez
Author Kimberly Jones made a passionate video about the history of racism in America that caught the attention of LeBron James.
James shared the video on Twitter and wrote: “🗣🗣🗣🗣🗣🗣🗣🗣🗣. Kimberly I’m here for you!!!! And more importantly I hear you and will make change for US!! I will not stop until I see it. 🙏🏾💪🏾✊🏾❤️👑 #BlackLivesMatter 🖤“
Jones made the video following the murder of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man who died after white police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes in Minnesota on May 25. Floyd’s murder led to protests, riots and looting across the country.
Jones said the reason behind the looting is more important than the act itself.
“People are like, ‘What did you gain? What did you get from the looting?’” Jones said. “I think as long as we’re focusing on the what, we’re not focusing on the why,” Jones said. “That’s my issue with that. As long as we’re focusing on what they’re doing, we’re not focusing on why they’re doing it.”
She explained that looting happens because of huge financial disparity caused by a history of oppression, which has led to a widespread feeling of hopelessness and desperation.
“Let’s ask ourselves why, in this country in 2020, the financial gap between poor blacks and the rest of the world is at such a distant that people feel like their only hope and only opportunity to get some of the things that we flaunt and flash in front of them all the time is to walk through a broken glass window and get it,” Jones said.
“…We need to be questioning that why. Why are people that poor? Why are people that broke? Why are people that food insecure? That clothing insecure? They feel like their only shot, that they are shooting their shot, by walking through a broken glass window to get what they need.”
At the end of the nearly seven-minute video, Jones said, “They’re lucky what black people are looking for is equality and not revenge.”
Jones’ video has nearly five million views and has been shared by pop icon Madonna and political commentator and comedian Trevor Noah.
Tweeted Jones: “I’m in a surreal universe where my everyday rant has reached the world and is being shared by my IDOLS!”