SB202 was born out of the events following the 2020 presidential election, wherein former president, Donald Trump, made unfounded claims that voter fraud in Georgia is what led to President Joe Biden’s win.Coogler continues in his column by listing some of the things H.R.1, otherwise known as the For the People Act, will reform in regards to voting rights. H.R.1 would “take aim at barriers to voting, like burdensome systems and limited voting hours,” and more, according to Coogler. The act was already passed by the U.S. House, but must now be passed by the Senate to take effect.
“Our film is staying in Georgia,” Coogler writes. “Additionally, I have made personal commitment to raise awareness about ways to help overturn this harmful bill, and continue to get educated on this matter from people on the ground. I will encourage everyone working with me to tap in with the local community directly affected by Senate Bill 202 and to leverage their influence and resources to aid in the fight for this particular and essential pillar of democracy.”
You can read Coogler’s column in full at Deadline. This op-ed from the Black Panther 2 director comes just days after Will Smith and director Antoine Fuqua announced that they would stop filming their upcoming thriller, Emancipation, in Georgia due to SB202.
For more about Black Panther 2, read about how one of the film’s producers ruled out a Chadwick Boseman cameo and then check out this story about how Coogler says Boseman wouldn’t have wanted them to stop making Black Panther movies.
Wesley LeBlanc is a freelance news writer and guide maker for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @LeBlancWes.