During the 2016 BET Awards show on Sunday night, actor, Jesse Williams delivered a much needed and plausible speech to the Black community both in attendance and around the world. While it seemed that we would receive the quintessential BET Show broadcast that we've seen year after year, Williams took the show for a turn that may go down in history. Referencing the recent victims of police brutality, Williams discussed the violence and struggles that our people have endured throughout history which. Thus, leading to calling on our people to wake up, stand up, stop talking about change and make some real changes in a system that was never designed for us to excel to the levels from which we arose.
Williams is an avid human rights activist within our Black communities across the US. He consistently places himself at the forefront, experiencing day-to-day struggles first hand, and not what is just shown on the TV and portrayed in the media.
Has the time come? Have we all had enough of the lies, mental, physical slavery and the continuous cycle of our people being the core subjects to injustice and white supremacy since the 1400s.
Jesse Williams closed his speech saying,
“We are done waiting and watching while this invention called “Whiteness” uses and abuses us, burying black people out of sight and out of mind, while extracting our culture, our dollars, our entertainment, like oil, black gold. Ghettoizing and demeaning our creations then stealing them, gentrifying our genius...and then trying us on like costumes before discarding our bodies like rinds of strained fruit! The thing is though...just because we are magic doesn’t mean that we are not real!”