Yahoo Style: You play a broadcast journalist on Being Mary Jane. Are you a news junkie?
Gabrielle Union: In my real life, I watch a lot of CNN. It’s on right now. It’s kind of one of those things that’s always on in the background in general. Most days I read three newspapers. I read the Miami Herald, the Los Angeles Times, and the New York Times. I’ve always been very interested in the news. It’s about wanting to be informed, and wanting to hear different perspectives on thing. A lot of people think about the same thing a lot of different ways.
YS: What do you think about the news these days? Many people seem fed up with what they see as persistent racism in this country, specifically regarding what happened in Ferguson and Eric Garner’s death in New York, but on your Instagram you seem to be staying positive.
GU: There’s a bit of a gap between what I really want to say and what I know is responsible to say. The general lack of compassion for your fellow man is really frustrating. I think what the protesters are saying, or at least some of them, is it’s not just about police brutality. It’s about a widespread systematic crippling of some people in this country by birthright, and no one’s acknowledging it. There may be a power shakeup if you’re really going to do something about it. A lot of people aren’t interested in that. They say, “It’s not that bad. We have Barack Obama. We’re good.” Or, “You’re not getting lynched.” They’re not acknowledging the institutional racism that impacts daily lives.