Shay Mitchell shares her hopes for her daughter's future with anti-racist message

By Heather Cichowski

Shay Mitchell is one of countless celebrities using her platform to call for change and unity after George Floyd, a Black man in Minneapolis, died after an incident with police on May 25. She is looking to the future and hopes the next generation will not experience moments like this.

The Canadian actress shared a photo on Instagram of her daughter, Atlas Noa, with her partner, Matte Babel.

"I am hopeful that the next generation will abandon the prejudices of the past, and embrace and accept people based on who they are, versus the colour of their skin," she wrote about her daughter and the future.

"Black or White. It doesn’t matter. All she sees are people who love her. Racism is a learned behaviour. It starts and stops at home," finished Shay, adding a red heart emoji to the end of her heartfelt and hopeful post.

The mom of one included photos of her and Matte's baby girl posing with her father. In the first image, Matte tenderly kisses his little girl on the cheek.

In the second photograph, proud dad Matte holds onto Atlas as she looks inquisitively at the camera.

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The former Pretty Little Liars actress previously shared an Instagram post inspiring people to their voices. It included quotes encouraging positive change and unity from cleric Desmond Tutu, Benjamin Franklin and Martin Luther King, Jr. Shay also shared ways to donate to Black Lives Matter movements and shared related artworks.

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“... Everyone has a voice, you have a voice and it matters. If everyone used their voice in times like these, maybe just maybe it would help improve things. When you sit there quiet it helps nothing. It kills me to hear that stuff like this is still happening in today’s society. People we are in 2020. This should not be happening at all, someone’s skin colour should NEVER define them. I feel like as humans living on this earth we have to do what we can to join in and help because living is a basic human right and they are getting that taken away from them. Some ways you can help - Use your voice, it matters. It will help. When you witness injustice call it out, staying silent does nothing - Get involved. Sign petitions , share petitions, donate to organizations that are working to help this. Share as much as you can, it makes a difference - Educate yourself. Take one day to just educate yourself so that you actually understand what is going on. It matters and makes a difference. Use your voice for what you believe in. Use it for justice. Use it for equality. Use it to be heard - because it matters. I’m not black, but I see you I’m not black, but I hear you I’m not black, but I mourn with you I’m not black, but I will fight for you 懶” - @lifewcourt well said. 

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The Instagram caption read: "'... Everyone has a voice, you have a voice and it matters. If everyone used their voice in times like these, maybe just maybe it would help improve things. When you sit there quiet it helps nothing. It kills me to hear that stuff like this is still happening in today’s society.

"People we are in 2020. This should not be happening at all, someone’s skin colour should NEVER define them. I feel like as humans living on this earth we have to do what we can to join in and help because living is a basic human right and they are getting that taken away from them. Some ways you can help - Use your voice, it matters. It will help.

"When you witness injustice call it out, staying silent does nothing - Get involved. Sign petitions, share petitions, donate to organizations that are working to help this. Share as much as you can, it makes a difference - Educate yourself. Take one day to just educate yourself so that you actually understand what is going on. It matters and makes a difference.

"Use your voice for what you believe in. Use it for justice. Use it for equality. Use it to be heard - because it matters. I’m not black, but I see you I’m not black, but I hear you I’m not black, but I mourn with you I’m not black, but I will fight for you' - @lifewcourt well said."

Matte and Shay both participated in #BlackoutTuesday on social media June 2 to show their solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.

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