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Emma Watson has told fans “I see your anger, sadness and pain” following an online backlash over her Blackout Tuesday posts.

The British actress took part in the project, which was aimed at eschewing self-promotion or commercial content and instead calling for racial equality.

Watson, 30, was one of millions of social media users posting black squares on social media.

But some accused her of performative activism, after pointing out her black squares had white borders, fitting in with the rest of her Instagram posts.

The Little Women star said she waited for Blackout Tuesday to end in the UK before replying that she is “still learning about the many ways I unconsciously support and uphold a system that is structurally racist”.

Watson wrote: “There is so much racism, both in our past and present, that is not acknowledged nor accounted for. White supremacy is one of the systems of hierarchy and dominance, of exploitation and oppression, that is tightly stitched into society.

“As a white person, I have benefited from this. Whilst we might feel that, as individuals, we’re working hard internally to be anti-racist, we need to work harder externally to actively tackle the structural and institutional racism around us.”