Jesse Williams’ BET Awards Speech made the rest of the night feel like an afterthought
Jesse Williams: ”Just because we are magic doesn’t mean we are not real”
“We know that police somehow manage to deescalate, disarm and not kill white people every day. So what’s gonna happen is we’re going to have equal rights and justice in our country, or we will restructure their function, and ours,”
“This is also in particular for the black women… who have spent their lifetimes dedicated to nurturing everyone before themselves,” he said. “We can, and will, do better for you.”
“The burden of the brutalized is not to comfort the bystander,” he said. “That’s not our job, alright? Stop with all that. If you have a critique for the resistance—for our resistance—then you’d better have an established record of critique of our oppression. If you have no interest… If you have no interest in equal rights for black people, then do not make suggestions to those who do. Sit down.”
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