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Tiffany Haddish arrives at Variety’s Power of Women event on Friday, Oct. 12, 2018, at the Beverly Wilshire hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

 

Tiffany Haddish is afraid.

For her kids, that is.

The black actress and comedian doesn’t have any, but she fears if she did, terrible things would happen.

Speaking with NBA star Carmelo Anthony on his What’s In Your Glass YouTube series, the 40-year-old explained she’s always had a problem with the idea of having children for various reasons.

A main one: racism.

“I’m a little older, and people are always like, ‘You gonna have a baby?'” she said. “‘You gonna drop some babies?'”

The Girls Trip star’s conflicted:

“There’s a part of me that would like to do that, and I always make up these excuses like, ‘Oh, I need a million dollars in the bank before I [do that],’ ‘I need this,’ ‘I need that.’”

But the real reason? In a word, hunting:

“[R]eally, it’s like, I would hate to give birth to someone that looks like me…knowing that they’re gonna be hunted or killed.”

Therefore:

“Like, why would I put someone through that?”

She doubled down. Then tripled:

“I am not a fearful person…but, like, I have watched many of my friends — not many, but more than two — of my friends growing up be killed by police officers. And it makes you feel like, ‘Dang, as a black person, we’re being hunted.’ And I’ve always felt like that. We’re hunted, and we’re slaughtered.”

Tiffany pointed out cops’ similarity to James Bond:

“[I]t’s like they get this license to kill us, and that’s not okay.”

It’s a worry white people live without:

“[W]hite people don’t have to think about that, that’s something they don’t have to think about. And [so I talk] about that, and how we have to come together as a community and work as a unit. And maybe we don’t all agree on the same things, but we need to just find some common ground and move forward as human beings.”

Haddish is no stranger to speaking her mind. As I covered in June of last year, the standup comic canceled an upcoming Atlanta show to protest Georgia’s fetal heartbeat bill:

“I love the state of Georgia, but I need to stand with women and until they withdraw Measure HB481, I cannot in good faith perform there.”

And last month, she told CNN at a Black Lives Matter Protest she always gets pulled over in Beverly Hills.

She suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, and it shouldn’t be that way:

“There’s certain people in my family, if they walk out the door, they might not come back. I try to laugh and figure out a way to make it funny. It’s really hard. I got PTSD watching my friends being killed by the police. It’s scary. You shouldn’t be scared to be in America.”

Is there any hope for America? To Tiffany, there is — if people can just change their hearts:

“We’re all trying to figure out, how do you fix this? How do you stop this? And all I can think is, we gotta figure out how to change people’s hearts, and that’s what I’ve been trying to do my whole career. … [E]verybody wants to be happy. Nobody wants to see their family slaughtered.”

Carmelo asked — where does she see black Americans 5 years from now?

She’s…optimistic?

“We’re gonna be healthier, we’re gonna be stronger, we’re gonna be smarter. I feel like we’re gonna have a better understanding of how money works, how this country was built…I think we’ll be a big step forward in dismantling the systemic racism. And, hopefully, happier. Hopefully. Hopefully. Hopefully. But I think things are gonna turn out pretty good. It might be a war that pop [sic] off soon, but after that, it’s gonna be great.”

-ALEX

 

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