Grey’s Anatomy actress Kelly McCreary is tired of being mistaken for her costar, Jerrika Hinton.
McCreary attended EW’s Emmys party on Friday night, but when she looked up photos on Saturday, she didn’t find any. Instead, McCreary found the images when she searched for Hinton, who did not attend the event.
“How did I know I would find them there. Well, because this isn’t the first time this has happened,” McCreary wrote. “Now Jerrika is a beautiful lady, inside and out, with talent for days. I would be flattered to be mistaken for her, if it didn’t seem like the all-too-frequent occurrence of this ‘mistake’ indicated the careless conflation of two black actresses with curly hair on the same TV show.
“I wonder, does this happen when there are two blonde women in the same cast?” McCreary posed. “When there are two dark-haired white dudes with blue eyes? Maybe it does. But I’ll tell you what — to constantly wonder whether I’m facing a micro-aggression I should call someone out on, or a harmless mistake I should let slide, is a real energy drain.”
McCreary noted and appreciated outlets and image wire services fixing their erroneous captions and asked for everybody to be more careful in the future.
“Check your unconscious biases today. We all have them. Managing them takes discipline, vigilance, and self-awareness, and you can practice it anytime. Why not do it today?” she wrote. “And in the words of my castmate, I simply ask the folks who are in the business of identifying distinct and unique human beings to Do Better.”
Read McCreary’s full post below.