Regina King talks about protesting and ways to make systemic change happen

“I have finally gotten to a place where I am clear as to what it is that I need to do to make changes.”

Those are the words of Academy Award-winning actor Regina King, responding to a query from Jimmy Kimmel about her reaction to the police brutality protests currently sweeping America and the wider world. The protests were sparked after the death of George Floyd, who died in police custody after a former officer knelt on his throat for nearly nine minutes on May 25.

“I feel like the protesting that’s happening is necessary,” says King. “These recent fees that just came up against another three officers would not have occurred without the protests. But we have officers in Louisville that have yet to be billed for Breonna Taylor‘s murder and there are many other instances like that, and I am just convinced that the only way we’re going to change is to get out and vote, and not only in the presidential elections but on the regional levels, and that means voting every year.”