Mayim Bialik Talks Police Brutality and 'Black Lives Matter'

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The Big Bang Theory's Mayim Bialik is not one to shy away from speaking her mind, and today was no different.

Bialik discussed how she recently watched the ESPN documentary series O.J. Simpson: Made in America, and how it made her better understand the plight of African-Americans in this country.

Mayim Bialik plays Amy Farrah Fowler on CBS's the Big Bang theory. But on her personal website, she discusses many interesting and, sometimes controversial issues.

On her site,, Mayim Bialik wrote that she was initially 19 when the O.J. Simpson trial occurred, and at the time she wasn't particularly interested in it. Bialik only became interested in it recently because her family members told her to watch under told her that the ESPN series was worth watching.

After watching the series, Bialik had some important revelations, the first of which was that "much of the history of this country is repeating itself. And how many white people just don't understand or want to understand and acknowledge that."

Bialik goes on to say that there is still a significant problem in the way black people are treated in the United States, something that she says "is evil and it is unacceptable." While she acknowledges that most police officers are hard-working and caring individuals, she says that "where there is racism and where there is bias we can no longer stand silent."

In watching the series, Mayim Bialik noted that the way unarmed African-Americans are treated by the police has changed little in the last six decades, and continues with this:

It is a source of shame for me as a person with white privilege to see that. And it is a constant source of outrage that in 2016, we are still seeing it happen....I pray that we are almost done with this phase of it. We are trying to all find our way through this mess, but I think a great way to start - especially for people who are not black - is to watch this documentary and learn about why things look the way they do today.

At the end, Bialik discusses her feelings about "Black Lives Matter." While she understands the criticism that the group receives, she thinks that their work is extremely important:

Black Lives Matter as a movement has been criticized for not having enough of the right kind of leadership and for not doing things perfectly. I can't speak to that, and I don't always agree with how they go about things, but they are trying to make clear in a very distinct way that we have a cycle that is repeating itself and that it is unacceptable for it to continue.

It is nice to see Mayim Bialik taking a stand for something that she believes in, and speaking out where she feels injustice has been done. Have you watched the series? What do you think about it? Let us know.