Kelly McCreary Gets Mistaken For Grey’s Anatomy Costar Jerrika Hinton & Rightfully Tells The World To ‘Check Your Unconscious Biases’

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On Monday, Kelly McCreary took to Instagram to reveal that she KEEPS getting mistaken for her Grey’s Anatomy costar Jerrika Hinton. Obviously, the 35-year-old isn’t thrilled about this situation!

In her lengthy post on IG, Miz McCreary explained how she went to a pre-Emmys party on September 16 and when she tried to find pics of herself from the Hollywood event there weren’t any. Why, you may ask? Well, it seems the photo agency who covered the bash confused her with another one of the ABC hit’s beautiful, black actresses (who didn’t even attend the party).

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Tsk, tsk! Kelly shared:

LONG READ. I had the best time at the EW party Friday night, getting hyped for the Emmy├óΓé¼Γäós, our upcoming Grey├óΓé¼Γäós season premiere this Thursday, and celebrating artists who have created visionary, groundbreaking television for us to enjoy this fall. Saturday morning, I searched the internet for my carpet photos so I could post them here and give credit to my glam team who straight KILLT it, but I could find none. Finally, with a sinking feeling, I searched for the name of my castmate, Jerrika Hinton, who did not even attend the event. Lo and behold, there I was!! How did I know I would find them there? Well, because this isn├óΓé¼Γäót the first time this has happened. 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├óΓé¼Γäót 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? When there are two dark-haired white dudes with blue eyes? Maybe it does. But I├óΓé¼Γäóll tell you what├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ to constantly wonder whether I├óΓé¼Γäóm facing a micro-aggression I should call someone out on, or a harmless mistake I should let slide, is a real energy drain. The noise of the internal debate with myself is, as Maggie Pierce said last season, “like a low buzz.” Such is life for people in marginalized groups├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ including those of us with many privileges├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ noisy and draining. This morning, I discovered that Getty Images and some other outlets have corrected the error, and I am appreciative. So I├óΓé¼Γäóll just take this as an opportunity to do a quick PSA├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥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? 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. That is all. Thanks.A photo posted by Kelly McCreary (@seekellymccreary) on Sep 19, 2016 at 9:42am PDT

You tell ’em, girl! We can’t even begin to imagine how frustrating this whole experience has been for Kelly, but we’re happy she’s standing up for herself.

Not to mention, Kelly wasn’t even the only black star to be confused for another celeb over the weekend. As we previously reported, the awards show’s official Twitter account thought Terrence Howard was Cuba Gooding Jr. Oof…

[Image via WENN.]

Sep 20, 2016 9:15am PDT

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