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For Tiffany Haddish, protesting against police brutality is personal.
During an appearance on the “Hustling with Vivica A. Fox” podcast Thursday, the comedian opened up about a “traumatic” experience she had with Beverly Hills police in California when she was homeless after being forced out of the foster system at age 18.
“I was sleeping in my car, and I was smoking (marijuana) in my car … and they pulled guns on me,” Haddish, 40, told Fox. “They searched my vehicle. … I didn’t make no fuss about it or nothing, I just let them know I was scared, that I’m not doing anything wrong.”
The comic said at the time she used jokes to defuse the situation despite being terrified: “The more that I talked to them – I was trying to crack jokes to try and lighten the mood, even though I was super afraid for my life.”
Haddish walked away with a ticket for possession that was reduced to disturbing the peace, but more importantly, she walked away with her life.
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Haddish has vocally protested the police killings of George Floyd in Minneapolis and Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky, on her social media platforms, as well as in the streets. The comedian attended Floyd’s Minneapolis memorial service on June 4, alongside Kevin Hart, Tyrese Gibson and Ludacris.
While attending a protest in Los Angeles earlier this month, Haddish told CNN that she can’t even drive through Beverly Hills without being pulled over, a common type of profiling known as “driving while Black,” according to the ACLU.
“I can’t even drive to Beverly Hills without getting pulled over – and I got a Tesla,” she said on June 12. “Every time I get pulled over, I think to myself, like, ‘Damn, you know, I work all hard to be recognized.’ I shouldn’t be afraid when I see those lights come on behind me, right? I shouldn’t feel like, ‘Is this gonna be the last day that I’m on earth? I shouldn’t feel like it’s dangerous to be born the way I was born.'”
Haddish continued: “It’s supposed to be the land of the free, the home of the brave and you’re supposed to be able to have a pursuit of happiness. We’re just trying to pursue that you don’t get killed today.”
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