After his speech at the BET Awards, over 11,000 signed a petition to have Jesse Williams removed from Grey’s Anatomy where he plays Dr. Jackson Avery.
If you haven’t heard the speech, here it is:
The woman who started the petition had this to say
“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,” she wrote in the petition description. “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.”
The thing is white people can’t make this same speech because well….they don’t a reason to. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that all white people or all police officers are bad. That’s obviously not true but the mistreatment of African Americans is embedded into the history of this country. Racism is alive and well in America, as much that sucks it is a fact.
Jesse Williams isn’t wrong to speak out against racism and police brutality. It’s wrong to disagree with him for doing so because it could imply that you support racism and police brutality. I’m sure that someone will try to come along and twist my words but at this point I really don’t care. The #BlackLivesMatter movement isn’t to deny that other people are important. It’s to raise awareness about the struggles of the black community and to try to remind black people that they do matter despite the fact that history has told them repeatedly that they don’t.
And for the record, in case people were unaware, Jesse Williams is half white. He acknowledges that when he supports #BLM, he isn’t racist, and he doesn’t hate white people.
As for the “get him fired” nonsense, that’s not going to happen. Shonda Rhimes also supports #BLM (as she should because she is in fact a black woman). She did a whole episode on it in Scandal, are people gonna petition that too? I mean go ahead, it doesn’t matter. You not watching will not prevent Shonda Rhimes from being the queen of Thursday nights with her shows being braodcasted back to back.
Of course Tomi Lahren had something to say but she was shut down brilliantly!
Facts don’t lie.