At the 2016 BET Awards, Jesse Williams delivered one of the most thought provoking and fact driven speeches on racism of the century. He’s acceptance speech was one of the most memorable moments from any BET Awards. Williams, a well known actor and activist, was awarded the Humanitarian Award from BET.
Since his speech, a petition has surfaced demanding that Jesse Williams be fired from ABC’s long-running hit show Grey’s Anatomy. The idiotic person who created the petition believes Williams’ speech was racist. “Jesse Williams spewed a racist, hate speech against law enforcement and white people at the BET awards. If this was a white person making the same speech about an African American, they would have been fired and globally chastised, as they should be, but there has been no consequences to Williams’ actions.”
Clearly this person is one of the people Williams addressed in his speech when he said, “… Let’s get a couple things straight, just a little sidenote – the burden of the brutalized is not to comfort the bystander.”
The petition has garnered over 7,000 supporters. It’s mind-blowing to think that people can’t wrap their heads around racism, prejudices, systemic oppression, police brutality, and so many other hurdles thrown at people of color. Slavery and segregation may be have been legally discontinued, but how far has the mentality that pushed those ideas gone?
Anyways, Jesse’s job looks to be intact. The creator of Grey’s Anatomy Shonda Rhimes does not care about the outcry.
Um, people? Boo don't need a petition. #shondalandrules
— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) July 5, 2016
“Boo don’t need a petition.” (screams YES) She sent that tweet after retweeting Jesse Williams’ tweet subtly addressing the petition.
Do not promote empty people & their tantrums. Pure clickbait to gain followers, attention & money, for themselves, not you. Never you.
— jesse Williams. (@iJesseWilliams) July 3, 2016
I love that this isn’t even a conversation for them. They are definitely unbothered. And they will continue to remain unbothered as Black America gets “equal rights and justice in our own country” or decides to “restructure their function in ours.”
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