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Lena Dunham: 'We have to scream no to racial inequality'

Published 07/07/2016

Lena Dunham
Lena Dunham

Lena Dunham embarked on a troll hunt to remove any racist comments from her social media pages following the tragic death of Alton Sterling on Wednesday (05Jul16).

Lena Dunham has blasted racial inequality in America in a series of passionate Instagram posts.

The Girls creator has always been outspoken when it comes to issues that bother her, and was inspired to speak out following the shooting of Alton Sterling by police officers in Louisiana on Wednesday (05Jul16).

Sharing a photo montage of 37-year-old Sterling and his family, Lena wrote: "Alton Sterling's beautiful family. American children of colour do not have the luxury of knowing their parents will come home safe, or relying on law enforcement to protect their families.

"Meanwhile rich white college boys run roughshod across the law every day and then get jobs in banking. We have to say no more. We have to SCREAM it."

Her post garnered a host of controversial replies, and caused Lena to take to the social media site just a few minutes later to inform her followers she would be culling anybody making racist comments from her pages.

"If you see people on your page spewing racist bulls**t, I encourage you to take a moment today to block, delete or otherwise sage your web space," she wrote. "Some days it's okay to let the nastiness sit cuz (because) who has time, but when a hate crime has been committed by the cops and people are quibbling to protect their own comfort and privilege? I really encourage a little #trollhunting."

Lena then shared one comment which had infuriated her: "I need to change because some other white person did something bad? WTF?"

In response to that message, Lena replied: "Sorry for the rage spam tonight but this reaction makes me LOL. Just because you don't commit violence doesn't mean you aren't part of a system of violence. If we weren't all so obsessed with being "the good one" we could really get something going #ragespam."

Lena isn't the only celebrity to speak out following Sterling's death. Drake penned an emotional open letter which he posted on his Instagram page, while John Legend retweeted several messages from fans about the shooting. He also spoke passionately about another shooting, of Philando Castile by officers during a routine traffic stop in Minnesota.

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