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Jessica Chastain posts emotional video after Twitter exchange

The actress used a Martin Luther King, Jr. quote to express her feelings about the violent white supremacy rally in Charlottesville.

Jessica Chastain has posted an emotional video online after receiving backlash for sharing a message about her preference for non-violent protests.

Earlier this week (ends01Sep17), the Zero Dark Thirty star shared a quote from late civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. about confronting violent protests. Her message was prompted by the deadly Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia last month (Aug17), when an anti-racism protester was killed after a white supremacist allegedly drove his car into a crowd.

"'Returning violence for violence multiplies violence'," she wrote on Twitter, adding: "I'm here for changing the world through peaceful protests, calling my reps, and VOTING."

The message prompted mixed reactions with one of Chastain's followers criticising her and quoting King speaking out about his disappointment with the "white moderate".

She fired back, writing, "If the color of my skin is going to cause you to generalize, perhaps you shd (sic) look back over whether or not I've been silent to injustice."

The exchange went back and forth and a few hours later the actress posted the video on the social media site, but she did not address the criticism directly.

"I'm making a video because my heart is very heavy," she tearfully said. "I've learned so much the past few days about the trauma many people are experiencing in our country. I've had the opportunity to listen, more than to speak, and it's really hard for me to express my feelings, my thoughts, in 140 characters."

"I wanted you guys to know that I hear you," she continued. "I want you to know that I'm committed to creating transformative social change, that I'm committed to dismantling systems of oppression. I share in the sense of what is happening in the country. I hear you. You may never have met me, but I love you."

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