Actress/host G Tongi is urging fellow Filipinos to support the Black Lives Matter movement in the United States, which has risen from the deaths of two African-Americans at the hands of law enforcers.
The protest has turned-two way, for and against the protection of police, after five Dallas law enforcers were killed by a Black-American sniper targeting white people, specifically white police officers, according to report.
G's appeal came days after the recent shooting incidents that made headlines in the U.S.
On Instagram, G has observed the seeming apathy of the Filipinos towards Black Lives Matter and linked it to the country's obsession with white skin as standard for beauty. This along with a photo of a whitening feminine wash.
G Tongi wrote on Instagram: "I'm reposting this from when I was in the Philippines last April aghast at what I saw on the shelfs! #gross #bleachyourskin to fit in is not ok!
"Since when will anyone get down there and say, 'Um no, sorry... Not white enough for my taste!'
"@baybayin FB's post that links why some Filipinos aren't getting behind #blacklivesmatter makes complete sense...
"because there are still some Filipinos that always say stay out of the sun or pinched flat noses since they still associate darkness with negative stereotypes."
Last week, two separate videos of two black men being shot and killed by the police shocked the world.
In Louisiana, Alton Sterling was shown in altercation with the police. Next thing, he was lying on the ground bleeding, apparently after being shot by the police.
The video was still going viral when the video of Philando Castile in Minnesota, bloodied and dying inside a car, made the news.
Castile's girlfriend was narrating to her camera phone what was going on as it was happening. She said her boyfriend was getting out his license from his pocket when he was shot by the police.
Their car was stopped in a traffic ruckus.
On Thursday night, July 7 (U.S. time), a lone gunman named Micah Johnson sniped at the police force watching over the peaceful Black Lives Matter demonstration in Dallas, Texas.
Five officers were killed and seven others were injured, including two civilians.
I'm reposting this from when I was in the Philippines last April aghast at what I saw on the shelfs! #gross #bleachyourskin to fit in is not ok! Since when will anyone get down there and say, " Um no, sorry... Not white enough for my taste!" @baybayin FB's post that links why some Filipinos aren't getting behind #blacklivesmatter makes complete sense.. because there are still some Filipinos that always say stay out of the sun or pinched flat noses since they still associate darkness with negative stereotypes. When you have whitening products for every body part for sale in the Philippines, there is still a modern day connotation that black is ugly or less than. This needs to STOP! Injustices against Blacks NEED to stop. We as Filipinos in America can not & should not be silenced! Please join us in telling the world that #blacklivesmatter because we do not accept & believe in the colonial mentality in this day and age. We are better than that! #decolonializeyourmind #dontwhiten #brownisbeautiful #FilAmsForBlackLives
What triggered her post was the Facebook status of the California-based pre-Filipino Calligraphy artist Kristian Kabuay on Filipinos being silent about the issue.
It reads: "Is it really a surprise that the Filipino generations that told us not to go in the sun because we would be dark, pinched our noses as babies, tell us how beautiful mestizos are and dehumanized the Aeta are silent about #blacklivesmatter #parents #grandparents #titas #titos #communityleaders"
Currently, G Tongi lives in California with her husband Tim Walters and their two children, Sakura and Kenobi.
She's also hosting a show titled Kababayan Today for KSCI (LA 18) independent TV network.