Jennifer Aniston has reportedly donated $1 million to Color of Change, the world's largest racial justice organization, as Black Lives Matter fueled protests continue in response to George Floyd's May 25 death in police custody in Minneapolis.
According to a widely circulated report from The Mirror, the "Friends" alum "wanted to show her support" for racial justice movements as the U.S. grapples with systemic racism.
"Like most people, Jen has been deeply affected by what is going on in America and the terrible injustice that people of color experience every day," a source told the outlet. "She wanted to show her support, and has donated a big sum to the charity she felt resonated with her the most. The link is on her Instagram page, so her fans can also donate."
Though she had yet to comment on the reported donation as of Sunday, June 7, Aniston began speaking out last week about issues that have sent thousands into the streets, demanding justice, accountability and tightened police oversight across the country.
"This week has been heartbreaking for so many reasons," the actress posted on Instagram alongside a video of James Baldwin asking, "how much time do you want for your 'progress?'"
She went on to tell followers: "We need to acknowledge that the racism and brutality in this country has been going on for a long time – and it's NEVER been okay. As allies, who want equality and peace, it's our responsibility to make noise, to demand justice, to educate ourselves on these issues, and more than anything, to spread love. How much more time are we willing to let pass without change? HOW MUCH MORE TIME? Text FLOYD to 55156 and sign the @colorofchange petition to have all four of the officers who killed #GeorgeFloyd arrested."
Since she shared her post, Derek Chauvin, the officer who pushed his knee into Floyd's neck for more than eight minutes as he shouted, "I can't breathe," has had his arrest charge upgraded to second degree murder. The three other officers — Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao — have also been arrested and charged with aiding and abetting second degree murder.
Aniston joins a growing list of stars who've spoken out or made large donations to social justice charities in response to the recent deaths of Floyd, as well as EMT Breonna Taylor, who was shot to death in her bed in Louisville, Kentucky, and others.
Color of Change, the organization Aniston has reportedly supported, declares in its mission statement: "We help people respond effectively to injustice in the world around us. As a national online force driven by 1.7 million members, we move decision-makers in corporations and government to create a more human and less hostile world for Black people in America."
To achieve that, the group focuses on fighting "racism and injustice" in all spaces, including, "politics and culture, in the work place and the economy, in criminal justice and community life, and wherever they exist."