Jesse Williams is an actor on the TV show Grey’s Anatomy. He’s also a civil rights activist who used his revolutionary voice to deliver a potent speech about the Black Lives Matter movement at the BET Awards 3 weeks ago. A speech that is almost slam poetry performance by its end, he speaks as a black man to his own people without regard for whiteness. But white people should be listening if they want to understand not only Black perspectives but also how activism can work. Here’s the video (5 mins)
The burden of the brutalized is not to comfort the bystander. That’s not our job, alright – stop with all that. If you have a critique for the resistance, for our resistance, then you 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.
Huff Post interview with Williams’ on the Stay Woke documentary.