Good evening everyone! I hope you all are doing well and have been enjoying your summer so far. It’s been pretty good for me, although hot, but I’m glad to be still getting some income and being able to buy things I need and want. It’s a great feeling! Now, I want to discuss Jesse Williams speech at the 2016 BET Awards. Let me tell you, I just caught the whole speech and I must say that I was very impressed with every word and statement that came out of that man’s mouth! Rarely these days do you see celebrities speaking up about real issues and dropping knowledge at the same time. The Nas, Tupac’s, Michael Jackson’s, Muhammad Ali’s, and etc. are all from a different era. Most of these celebrities today are buffoons who do nothing but exploit and make a mockery of not only themselves but their own communities.
Bare in mind that Jesse Williams is only 34 years old. How many 34-year-olds have you seen now days with that kind of knowledge? I mean, I see men older than him still walking around with their pants sagging and drinking 40s! Jesse is also biracial. I had seen him in a few movies before but never knew he was so wise beyond his years. His parents must be very proud. He’s also handsome and married to a nice looking, woman of color. Unlike a lot of these celebrities of color, Jesse appears to practice what he preaches. You can’t try to build up your people but yet your lifestyle doesn’t reflect what you are saying, you know? Take for instance a man like Lil Wayne. He constantly disrespects women and black history in his rap lyrics so how can he inspire young men of color growing up? That doesn’t make sense does it?
I want to let you all know that the only thing I saw of the 2016 BET Awards was Jesse Williams’ speech. Because I’m with Suddenlink, I no longer see any Viacom-owned channels and that includes BET. Based on what people told me, Jesse’s speech and the Prince tribute was the highlight of the entire show. I haven’t even seen all the pictures from the show. Here is my thing, I know that Jesse’s speech is a very hot, trending topic on the Internet right now. It seems everyone is talking about it. However, will this be talked about for the rest of the year? Will this be talked about in years to come or is this just trending right now because race is such a huge thing in America? Did people really listen to what Jessie said or are they excited because it’s controversial and it’s making headlines right now? Do you think Jesse is going to change the mindset of most of his fellow peers in the industry? Is Jesse going to be regarded as the next Malcolm X? LOL.
Check out Jesse Williams’ epic 2016 BET Awards speech that went viral below!
Peace peace. Thank you, Debra. Thank you, BET. Thank you Nate Parker, Harry and Debbie Allen for participating in that .
Before we get into it, I just want to say I brought my parents out tonight. I just want to thank them for being here, for teaching me to focus on comprehension over career, and that they make sure I learn what the schools were afraid to teach us. And also thank my amazing wife for changing my life.
Now, 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.
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 going to happen is we are going to have equal rights and justice in our own country or we will restructure their function and ours.
Now… I got more y’all – yesterday would have been young Tamir Rice’s 14th birthday so I don’t want to hear anymore about how far we’ve come when paid public servants can pull a drive-by on 12 year old playing alone in the park in broad daylight, killing him on television and then going home to make a sandwich. Tell Rekia Boyd how it’s so much better than it is to live in 2012 than it is to live in 1612 or 1712. Tell that toEric Garner. Tell that to Sandra Bland. Tell that to Dorian Hunt.
Now the thing is, though, all of us in here getting money – that alone isn’t gonna stop this. Alright, now dedicating our lives, dedicating our lives to getting money just to give it right back for someone’s brand on our body when we spent centuries praying with brands on our bodies, and now we pray to get paid for brands on our bodies.
There has been no war that we have not fought and died on the front lines of. There has been no job we haven’t done. There is no tax they haven’t leveed against us – and we’ve paid all of them. But freedom is somehow always conditional here. “You’re free,” they keep telling us. But she would have been alive if she hadn’t acted so… free.
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, just a little sidenote – the burden of the brutalized is not to comfort the bystander.That’s not our job, alright – stop with all that. If you have a critique for the resistance, for our resistance, then you better have an established record of critique of our oppression. If you have no interest, if you have no interest in equal rights for black people then do not make suggestions to those who do. Sit down.
We’ve been floating this country on credit for centuries, yo, 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 then stealing them, gentrifying our genius and then trying us on like costumes before discarding our bodies like rinds of strange fruit. The thing is though… the thing is that just because we’re magic doesn’t mean we’re not real.
Of course we all know that Jesse cannot change the hearts and mindset of an entire nation. He’s just one man. I feel like in a month or two people won’t even be thinking about Jesse’s speech. It’s sad, but it’s just the way the world is now. Think about this. Is Muhammad Ali still trending and making headlines? You see how fast popular topics come and go? Last year around this time, people were angry at Raven Symone for saying she wouldn’t hire anyone with ghetto names. Remember that? Think about everything that has made the news since then. The thing is, this day and age, so much is going on and so nothing really stays popular for too long.
I definitely think Jesse was being sincere and 100% real with his speech, but unfortunately not everyone will agree and even now people are questioning his motives. Some people are shouting, “he’s not even black.” SMH. We know that injustice and inequality will always be an issue in this world as long as man is running things, but we also know that so many people this day and age are just lost mentally. Just look at the media. Ignorance and controversy is what SELLS. As I gazed upon the audience when Jesse was speaking at the BET Awards, I noticed some of the same rappers and actors praising him are apart of the ignorance he was speaking of. With that being said, I respect him for telling his truth and dropping knowledge and being inspirational in this day and age. It seems now days you can hardly find a really intellectual human being. Most people are just simple-minded and very ignorant. I just feel that Jesse Williams’ epic speech will be forgotten about by the end of this summer. Look at all the wonderful people in the past that tried to change things and they’re all gone. Some people may respect Jesse and try to make a difference in another person’s life but then there are going to be so many more who just sit back and say, “yeah that sounds good brotha!”
What were your thoughts on Jesse Williams’ speech and the BET Awards as a whole? Fill me in guys because I missed a lot! LOL.