Lonnie Chavis Pens 'America Needs To Change' Letter For People Magazine


2019 CMT Artist of the Year - Red Carpet

2019 CMT Artist of the Year - Red Carpet

12 year old Lonnie Chavis, who you may know as young Randell on This Is Us, took to instagram to write an amazing yet heartbreaking letter 'America Needs To Change' for People Magazine. I say heartbreaking because I've gone through my fair share of racism in this country as a black man and to think that someone at just 12 years old is going through the same thing really tears me down. I'm happy he's using his voice and platform to further educate and inform, but let me be clear: the videos of children protesting, leading chants, etc. isn't cute or heartfelt. Children shouldn't have to go through this hell. It pains me that someone like Lonnie has to do something like this. To teach adults basic human empathy over what one would think is trivial. Listen to Lonnie's story though. Understand that racism and injustice hit black people the second you're born. And then share and discuss that with your friends that don't want to discuss it.