During a Q&A session at the Toronto International Film Festival screening of The Birth of A Nation, the actress praised the NFL star for his courage to invoke change.
If you are wondering about Colin Kaepernick and his stand for equality and if he’s on the right side of history.
There’s nothing more patriotic than resistance.
Gabrielle went on to talk about how we all can relate to Nat Turner, whose life story and revolt is told in The Birth of a Nation.
I think one of the beautiful things we can all relate to Nat is that we’re all capable of evolution.
Nat Turner was firmly committed tot his faith, but it was s faith that enforced and encourage his subservience and of those that looked like him. And until he knew better, he didn’t do better. Once he knew better, it started in him a fire that he refused to extinguish that carries on to this day.
That is why everyone up here is up on his stage – because it’s about personal evolution. Did I leave this job in a better place than when I started? I was firmly committed to not the best projects, now I can’t go back. (Laughter and cheers).
When we commit to evolution and humble ourselves and realize that we don’t have all the answers, that the things that we’ve firmly rooted ourselves in may not be the right course, you may not be on the right side of history – it’s okay to be like, ‘I was wrong. I’m going to step in another direction.’