Millennials Have Been Awakened By Jesse Williams Powerful Speech

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WRITTEN BY: Sheena Mashore

“But freedom is somehow always conditional here, you’re free, they keep telling us, But she would’ve been alive if she hadn’t acted so… free.” -Jesse Williams

It may be 2016, but racism still exists and has existed for centuries. People often try to tip toe around the subject because it makes many of them uncomfortable.

On Sunday night, Jesse Williams showed out at the BET awards , with a Powerful speech about Police brutality that will send chills down your spine and cause the hair on your arms to stand up.

The Grey’s Anatomy star is also a former history teacher and a longtime activist that stood on the front lines in Ferguson after Mike Brown was killed. Jesse received the Humanitarian award during the 2016 BET Awards.

During his beautiful speech Jesse said, “This award, this is not for me. This is for the real organizers all over the country. The activists, the civil rights attorneys, the struggling parents, the families, the teachers, the students, that are realizing that a system built to divide and impoverish and destroy us cannot stand if we do. It’s kind of basic mathematics, the more we learn about who we are and how we got here, the more we will mobilize. Now this is also in
particular for the black women, in particular, who have spent their lifetimes dedicated to nurturing everyone before themselves. We can and will do better for you.”

Williams also made mention of a few names of young, black people that were killed by law enforcement. Rekia Boyd who was killed in 2012, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, and Darrien Hunt who were killed in a four-month stretch during 2014, and Sandra Bland who died while in police custody last year.

According to ProPublica, young black men are 21 times more likely to get killed by cops than white men. Until the killing rates of minorities goes down and is handled differently, we still have mission to achieve. It took a whole generation to help make change in the whole civil right movement.

Another point Jesse touched on was cultural appropriation. The Kardashians and other non-black celebrities are often accused of cultural appropriation. Kylie Jenner get lip injections for fuller lips, wears darker make up, different color extensions, get named as trendsetter. While black women get branded as ugly for our skin tone, hips, and fuller lips and called ghetto for wearing color extensions.

Thank you Jesse Williams for using your platform to bring awareness and waking everyone up to pay attention to what’s going on in America. Thank you for taking a risk for your people.

Darshay K. Lampley is a Broadcast Journalism major and Creative Writing minor at Jacksonville State University. Upon graduating, she anticipates a lucrative career in the entertainment industry. Darshay is an entertainment journalist, on-air radio personality, and is currently writing her first book. Darshay believes that her ambition along with her strong faith in God will lead her down the pathway to success. "God is within her, she will not fail." Psalm 46:5

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