Tiffany Haddish Delivers an Emotional Speech Detailing Her Fears as a Black American

Karenna Meredith
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 12: Tiffany Haddish speaks during the Laugh Factory's Say Their Names: A Civic Engagement Event on June 12, 2020 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images)

Tiffany Haddish is raising her voice against police violence toward the Black community. Two days after her powerful Late Night With Seth Meyers appearance, the comedian joined protesters in Los Angeles at The Laugh Factory's Say Their Names: A Civic Engagement Event on June 12 to honor George Floyd and countless other Black people who've died unjustly. She took the stage to express her grief, fear, and hopes for a better future.

Tiffany told the crowd, "we have to band together as people," especially in the face of the hate in the world. She's unsure if the hateful feelings will ever be eradicated, but she would like them to be. "I don't want to watch my brothers and sisters die," she said, tearing up. "I don't even have kids because I'm afraid if my Black baby goes outside, they might get killed by the people that are supposed to be protecting."

"I am so tired of being afraid that my brother's gonna go outside and get shot," Tiffany added. "I'm so tired of all this violence." This fear is personal too. She told CNN she "can't even drive in Beverly Hills without getting pulled over" and that those interactions make her wonder, "Is this gonna be the last day that I'm on Earth?"

For Tiffany, getting away from fear means becoming empowered and lifting up more voices. "I want power for the people," she said in her speech. "I want the people to be able to help create laws that can protect us and I want us to be able to prosper and have success and our children to be healthy."

Watch the video below to see Tiffany's full speech, starting at the 11:15 mark.