We know what happens when a black person speaks out in an honest way. For many of us, it’s a great way to end up in the unemployment line. This rule stands true for not just for rank-and-file workers, but also for Hollywood actors and even for the President of the United States.
A petition has been circulated calling for Williams to be kicked to the curb after he made one of the most powerful and influential race speeches in the history of television at The BET Awards. Here’s the text from the petition, which states:
Jesse Williams spewed a racist, hate speech against law enforcement and white people at the BET awards. If this was a white person making the same speech about an African American, they would have been fired and globally chastised, as they should be, but there has been no consequences to Williams’ actions. There’s been no companies making a stand against his racist remarks and no swift action condemning his poor, racist attitude. Why was Burke’s character fired from Grey’s Anatomy after his inappropriate homophobic slur, but nothing for Jesse Williams? Why the one-way street? Why the support for a hater? Why the hypocrisy? #AllLivesMatter All humans bleed the same color.
Thankfully, the petition has only garnered a few hundred signatures and is unlikely to cause Williams to lose his job. So, even though white privilege and white rage can be pretty powerful, there isn’t enough of either in this petition to cause Jesse any problems. So, keep going Jesse, we got you!
Here’s what Dr Boyce Watkins thought about the speech given by Jesse Williams: