Jesse Williams won THE HUMANITARIAN AWARD at BET AWARDS yesterday for his tireless dedication to the Black Lives Matter Movement. And he made a powerful speech on race that is difficult to find on the internet -- for any length of time
So please find the transcript of the speech below
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 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.
Now, what we’ve been doing is looking at the data, and we know that police somehow manage to deescalate, disarm and not kill White people everyday. So what’s gonna happen is we’re gonna have equal rights and justice in our country or we will restructure their function and ours.
Tell Rekia Boyd how it’s so much better to live in 2012 than it is to live in 1612 or 1712.
- Tell that to Eric Garner.
- Tell that to Sandra Bland.
- Tell that to Darrien Hunt.
they keep telling us,
but she would have been alive
if she hadn’t acted so…
Now, freedom is always coming in the hereafter, but you know what though, the hereafter is a hustle. We want it now.
And let’s get a couple things straight, and this is a little sidenote: the burden of the brutalized is not to comfort the bystander, that’s not our job. Stop with all that. If you have a critique for the resistance, for our resistance, then you better have an establish record of critique of our oppression. If you have no interest in equal rights for Black people, then do not make suggestions for those who do. Sit down.
We’ve been floating this country on credit for centuries. And we’re done watching and waiting 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, and stealing them; gentrifying our genius and then trying us on like costumes before discarding our bodies like rinds of strange fruit.
The thing is
just because we’re magic
doesn’t mean we’re not real.
As the link below mentions, BET Awards are being seen by a wider and wider audience nowadays. This speech has gone viral already. That means the message of The Black Lives Matter Movement is still moving and growing. Do not under estimate the value of spreading the word on the movement.
Congratulations to Jesse Williams!