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Jane Fonda talks about white privilege after George Floyd

As protests continue across the US in response to Floyd's death, the actress and activist Jane Fonda told CNN that white people have to recognize they've had privileges in life. Watch the video below.

  • During a CNN interview with journalist Don Lemon, Fonda talked about the privilege white people have over black people.
  • She said policies have to be changed.
  • George Floyd was 44-years-old and died because a white police officer knelt on his neck.
  • The actress is best known for her 80s and 90s exercise videos. She sold over 17 million copies.

“Because we’re white, we have had privilege. Even the poorest of us have had privilege", said the actress. She said people have to recognize that and understand what keeps racism in place.

The former fashion model was politically active during the Vietnam War, where she earned the nickname Hanoi Jane because she was photographed sitting on a North Vietnamese anti-aircraft gun on a 1972 visit to Hanoi. For this she was blacklisted from Hollywood.

Jane Fonda and Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of Black Lives Matter, a NYTimes best-selling author, an artist, and founder of Dignity and Power Now

The actress continues to politically active. "We have an election coming, we have a pandemic crisis, we have a climate crisis, we have a race crisis, and we have a choice to make” said the activist during the interview. Fonda is part of Fire Drill Friday, a movement that uses celebrity platforms, like actors' Joaquin Phoenix, to achieve a climate change legislation as well as empower environmental activists. 

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