Hollywood comedian Leslie Jones says she hopes young people rioting across the U.S. can parlay their anger into something that will “burn down this f—ing Constitution.”
The “Ghostbusters” reboot star told her 1 million Twitter followers over the weekend that history is repeating itself regarding riots in response to George Floyd’s death under the knee of former Minnesota police officer Derek Chauvin.
Ms. Jones recounted her days causing destruction during the 1992 Los Angeles riots before saying, “Seriously, 30 years from now, the same riot that I was in with my sledgehammer is the same riot that y’all in.”
“As hard as you guys are going and protesting, I pray to the good Lord that y’all go this hard when it’s time to vote,” she said. “The system wasn’t made for us. When they made this motherf—er, black people wasn’t relevant, brown people, Asian people, gay people, transgender — none of us was really relevant at all then. So they didn’t make this s— for us. … You want to burn down buildings? Burn down this f—-ing Constitution. And we do that by fucking lifting our voice, by fucking voting. That’s our real voice. That’s how we really show them.”
The actress, however, did not explain how the universal principles enshrined in the Declaration of Independence and codified into law via the U.S. Constitution do not apply to all Americans.
Ms. Jones concluded her statement by saying the following: “F— with these motherf—ers’ pockets. F— wit [sic] ‘em. We gotta vote.”
Mr. Chauvin was charged on Friday with third-degree murder and manslaughter.
Three officers that participated in the arrest of Mr. Floyd were fired and may face criminal charges.
Warning: Strong language.