Jesse Williams speaks out after impassioned Black Lives Matter speech at BET Awards
UPDATED BY CLAIRE RUTTER
If you didn’t know who Grey’s Anatomy star Jesse Williams was, the likelihood is that you’ve heard about him and his rousing speech at the BET Awards on Sunday night.
The actor picked up the Humanitarian award at the annual ceremony in Los Angeles for his contribution to the Black Lives Matter movement.
With his moment in the spotlight, the 34-year-old actor had the audience up on their feet as he delivered a compelling speech about cultural appropriation, race and social injustice while reflecting on the loss of the lives of the likes of Sandra Bland and Tamar Rice in America.
Soon after the speech became a viral hit as his words resonated with people around the world, speaking to People about the reaction to his acceptance speech, Jesse said: “Words are only as good as the response to those words. But I’d like to think that I give people a sense that they are not alone.”
The passionate actor continued to explain that he felt that education is a root of some of the issues, and said: “If we keep poisoning our children to believe that we are nothing and that white people are everything, thats when it finds itself reflected in the way we treat each other.
“Its not that complicated. The truth we are teaching is that every contribution in the history of the planet came from blonde people. It’s not true and its destructive and people are getting killed long-term as a result. People don’t believe that we deserve it.”
Source by: internet