“In 2016, as far as we all have come and how we live, shame on you if you don’t raise your voice and say, ‘I’m drawing attention to this,’ Woodard tells People Now in an emotional interview.
The Luke Cage star briefly broke down when she thought of the fear she and others feel for their sons and other relatives who could possibly be mistaken for someone else on the streets.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick first drew attention to the issue when he began kneeling during the national anthem played before NFL games to draw attention to racial oppression and inequality.
Since then, numerous other NFL players and athletes from professional and high school teams have joined in, but the response to their efforts hasn’t always been positive.
Kaepernick says he has had death threats in response to his decision.
“To me, if something like that were to happen, you’ve proved my point and it will be loud and clear for everyone why it happened and that would move this movement forward at a greater speed than what it is even now,” he told reporters.
Adds Woodard: “I am proud that these young men and women are thinking and are understanding this moment they’re in and are not just saying, ‘I live in privilege, I live in protection and to the hell with everybody else.’ ”