Audience members loudly applauded Debra Messing after the actress began her speech Saturday at the Democratic National Convention by mentioning her connection to the 1960s civil rights movement, with flicks from ’60s-era music, and used civil rights marches, another flicks from the ’60s, and the movement’s slogan, “We Shall Overcome.”
Messing, whose parents are from Poland, said that Republicans “have a hatred for everyone outside of their party,” saying they have “a bias against blacks, Jews,” and immigration.
“How many times have we gone home from the office after work, ripped off our work gloves, and put them in the front of our pants? Because we didn’t see them or think of them? We didn’t see black men and women?” she said. “Now we don’t see their faces, and we don’t hear them, either. The truth is, they hide the people they really hate.”
She then called out Republicans for continuing to defend white nationalists, saying, “You have a sacred duty to distance yourself from them. Do you think it’s OK?”
When the audience applauded loudly, she said, “Can you believe that some Republicans still defend the Nazis and the KKK?”
She then recited the sentence from the civil rights anthem, “We Shall Overcome,” that is so often played during demonstrations and riots.
“We shall overcome as long as we stand in freedom, as long as we stand together, we shall overcome as long as we never stop striving,” she said.
Messing’s speech was taped for TV airings on Saturday nights, and was distributed on YouTube on Sunday.