Niecy Nash recalls a disturbing incident between authorities and her son Dominic.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter published Monday, part of which was conducted prior to the nationwide protests, the “Claws” actress alleges that cops pulled a Taser on her son after he reportedly committed a minor traffic infraction.
“My son got stopped leaving my house last Sunday. And they pulled a Taser on him for a rolling stop,” the 50-year-old told the publication.
Per the “Getting On” alum, officials then questioned how he was able to afford the car he was driving, as he was wearing a T-Mobile shirt.
“And then proceeded to question him and ask him, ‘You have on a T-Mobile shirt. Do you work there? Because if you do, how did you afford this car? Because this is a 2020,’” she said. “They don’t know if he was a manager. They don’t know if he was an owner. They don’t know if he had a rich mama. But what they probably felt like was, ‘How did this young black boy get a car that I don’t even have?’ And we fitting to make you suffer for it.”
While noting that “it isn’t the responsibility of the oppressed to tell the oppressor what to do and how to right the wrong,” Nash says it is up to non-black people to be proactive in the fight for equality.
“So my suggestion is you need to ask non-black people what they can do. Are they fighting for equal pay? When they come on these sets, are they making people feel welcome? How are they moving in these scripts and when they look at how people are depicted? Don’t call one more black person and ask them nothing about nothing,” she said. “You call the white people and ask them what they could do because black people, by definition, can’t be racist because we’re not the ones in power.”
In her interview, Nash reveals that the entire cast of “Reno 911!” – which recently reunited for a seventh season currently airing on Quibi — made a donation to the funeral of George Floyd – a 46-year-old unarmed black man who died in Minneapolis last month after his neck was pinned to the ground by white police officer Derek Chauvin’s knee.
“For the cast of ‘Reno 911!,’ we play bumbling cops on television, but in real life, we got together as a cast and donated $10,000 toward George Floyd’s funeral. It is important to know that even in our art, we have humanity.”
Nash last appeared on the Netflix comedy-drama “Never Have I Ever” and the Hulu drama “Mrs. America.”