The Office’s Leslie David Baker Shares Racist Messages Sent to Him on Instagram



In an interview with ComicBook, Baker discussed the messages, saying, “America has a very sick problem with racism and racists.”

He added that he intends to keep any racist messages up on his profile for people to see rather than deleting them.

"In order to affect change, you can't just press the delete button and pretend that it didn't happen or say, 'Oh, it'll go away,' If I press the reset button, press the delete button, wipe it off the screen, then everything is okay," he said.

"America has done that too long and too often, because when you confront people and you acknowledge that these things are happening in this country, people say, 'Well, that makes me uncomfortable. I don't want to have that discussion. I don't want to talk about it,'" Baker continued. "Or they will scream that in some way it's reverse discrimination [that] exists, which is no such thing. Nothing like that exists."

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  • Campaign Zero (joincampaignzero.org) which works to end police brutality in America through research-proven strategies.
  • ColorofChange.org works to make the government more responsive to racial disparities.
  • National Cares Mentoring Movement (caresmentoring.org) provides social and academic support to help Black youth succeed in college and beyond.

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