Sophie Turner, best known for her roles in X-Men: Dark Phoenix and Game of Thrones, recently took part in a Black Lives Matter protest in Mammoth Lakes, California alongside her husband Joe Jonas.
While at the protest Turner held a sign that read “White Silence is Violence.”
Turner chronicled her protest via Instagram where she shared two photos and a video. In the first photo you can see the protestors are lying face down on the ground with many of them with their hands placed behind her backs.
She captioned the post writing, “We stand, we kneel, we lay down with you”.
The second photo shows Turner holding the “White Silence is Violence” sign.
Finally, in the video you can hear Turner chanting with the crowd as they say, “No justice, no peace.” Many of the protestors are also kneeling down.
As reported by Fox News, Turner would also respond to a person in the comments who questioned, “I mean they’ve been arrested and charged with murder so there’s justice, soooo can we have peace now?”
Turner answered, “This is about Breonna Taylor, this is about Trayvon Martin, this is about Eric Garner, this is about the systemic racism that black people have faced for hundreds and hundreds of years.”
She added, “This is about changing the system. Justice will be done when society reflects our beliefs that we are all equal. Until then there should be no peace.”
Joe Jonas would also share photos and videos from the protest.
You can see Turner holding the “White Silence is Violence” sign on Jonas’ Instagram. He captioned the post, “Black Lives Matter.”
Turner had previously posted to Instagram a giant Black Lives Matter image.
In the post she wrote, “My heart is heavy. I stand in solidarity with those speaking out against racism and fighting for justice and equality. Silence is not an option.”
She added, “While my voice is not one that needs to be heard, I want to highlight some of those we should listen to -”
She goes on to list a number of people including Colin Kaepernick, Tamika D. Mallory, and Emma Dabiri.
Black Lives Matter is a controversial organization that advocates disrupting the “Western-prescribed nuclear family structure.”
They claim on their website, “We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and “villages” that collectively care for one another, especially our children, to the degree that mothers, parents, and children are comfortable.”
They also want to “dismantle cisgender privilege.” Their website states, “We are self-reflexive and do the work required to dismantle cisgender privilege and uplift Black trans folk, especially Black trans women who continue to be disproportionately impacted by trans-antagonistic violence.”
The group has also made defunding the police one of their top priorities.
Many white ppl tried to overshout BLM organizers last night as we created space for Black Joy, and while we held DC police accountable by uplifting the names of the Black people they have killed here. Lets be clear, our demand is to defund the police in DC by any means necessary. pic.twitter.com/G9bzVdfhKM
— BlackLivesMatter DC (@DMVBlackLives) June 4, 2020
We stand together with @Mvmnt4BlkLives. Overfunding the police leads to mass incarceration and a lack of resources for the things that matter: housing, education and healthcare. When we redirect funding, lives improve. #DefundPolice #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/uaYAzriSfQ
— Black Lives Matter (@Blklivesmatter) June 2, 2020
Turner would also share a Change.org petition via her Instagram stories which promoted the “Hands Up Act.”
The petition was created by Travis Washington and he is proposing legisltation “that prohibits police officers from shooting unarmed citizens.”
Washington adds, “If there isn’t a weapon found after someone has been shot (therefore, unarmed) by a police officer, then I propose that the officer should receive a mandatory 15-year prison sentence.”
Turner appears to be doing more activism than actual acting as of late. In May 2019 she declared that she would not work in states with pro-life laws and had signed onto a letter indicating so.
Talking with SkyNews she stated, “I signed it too. I have yet to tell my agents I signed it. They’re going to be like: ‘What? You can’t work in these states?’ Yeah I can’t work in these states.”
What do you make of Turner’s sign and her comments on Instagram?