(WWBT) - Actor Isiah Washington wants all African Americans to boycott work come this Monday.
Washington, known for his time on ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" as Dr. Preston Burke and other roles in television and cinema, made the statement on his Facebook page, saying, "No work. No school. No shopping for 24 hours" on Sept. 26.
"Imagine if every single African American in the United States that was really fed up with being angry, sad and disgusted, would pick ONE DAY to simply 'stay at home' from every single job, work site, sports arena and government office in the United States of America. I'm very sure that within 72 hours from Wall Street to the NFL...Black Lives Would Matter. September 26, 2016 is THE DAY," his post said.
His post also featured the hashtag #RipTerenceCrutcher, referring to 40-year-old Terence Crutcher, who was fatally shot by a Tulsa police officer when he reached into an SUV stalled in the street on Sept. 16.
The police chief in Tulsa says Crutcher had no weapon on him or in his SUV. The officer, identified as Betty Shelby, has been charged with first-degree manslaughter in connection with the deadly shooting, according to the Associated Press.
Washington followed up his initial post with a second one, where he said he had "a lengthy and substantive discussion" with activist Madelon "Blue" McCullough, saying, "Every African born in America is fed up, hurt, confused, saddened and angry about the continued extrajudicial killings by public servants in our streets, so collectively we bring forth a solution."
His Facebook post, which has been shared over 2,000 times, goes on to say that the boycott's goal is to "maintain the safety of our people, while significantly impacting America's broken judicial system that is oppressing us by removing our labor, our bodies and our money from it...for 24 hours."
People are using the hashtag #StayHomeSeptember262016 and #Missing24 on social media to show their solidarity with the event.
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