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Alfre Woodard's Daughter Mavis Shares How Her Black Brother Was Wrongfully Arrested Once

Monica Otayza
Jun 06, 2020
07:30 A.M.

Alfre Woodard's daughter, Mavis, shares a story on how her brother was once arrested in a case of mistaken identity in relation to the protests happening around America right now.


On her Instagram page, Mavis Spencer shared that she comes from an interracial family. She begins by saying that she is Black. She goes on to say that like her, her mom, Alfre Woodard, and brother, Duncan Spencer, are also black Meanwhile, her dad, Roderick Spencer, is white.

According to Mavis, while she considers herself privileged despite being of mixed race, it is not always the same for everyone. In fact, she recounted an incident where her brother was falsely arrested.



That time, the description of the police began with "Black Male." At the time, Duncan was arrested, handcuffed and seated on a curb surrounded by cops. It turns out, they arrested the wrong person, and the actual suspect was caught a block away and identified by his victims.

Her father, Roderick, wrote about the incident on his blog, recounting the traumatizing time. He revealed his fears over having his black children crossing paths with the wrong cop or even the wrong civilian every day.



He went on to say that while Duncan is obedient, smart, savvy, and careful, it all doesn't matter because he is Black. To Roderick, it is a lot easier for his son or daughter to be accused of something as compared to if they were white.

"My intention behind sharing this story was to illustrate that being privileged does not mean you are spared from social injustice or exempt from racism."



According to Mavis, she has seen a lot of people commenting on how privileged members of the Black community are not entitled to speak out about the current issues surrounding police brutality and racial injustice. Explaining her brother's story was her trying to let them realize that it spares no one.

"So please do not bring down people who are speaking up or belittle those who have not managed to find the words. The movement requires solidarity in all forms."



Mavis Spencer is one of the celebrities to speak out against racial injustice following the death of George Floyd. Floyd, a Minneapolis local, was wrongfully accused of writing a bad check at the supermarket, which led to him being tackled to the ground by police officers.

The memorial for George Floyd as seen on May 27, 2020 during the second day of protests over his death in Minneapolis. | Photo: Getty Images

The memorial for George Floyd as seen on May 27, 2020 during the second day of protests over his death in Minneapolis. | Photo: Getty Images

After being held in a compromising position for minutes, he lost consciousness and ultimately passed away. Videos of the incident soon went viral, and it sparked massive outrage around the world.

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