We’re sure you are familiar with actor and activist Jesse Williams after his phenomenal Black Lives Matters speech at the 2016 BET Awards. But before most knew him for his humanitarian speech, Williams was rocking scrubs and saving lives as Dr. Jackson Avery on ABC’s Greys Anatomy.
During his speech, Williams said, “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 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 … just because we’re magic doesn’t mean we’re not real.”
Though he empowered many, some were upset with Williams’ speech, saying he allegedly “spewed a racist, hate speech against law enforcement and white people.” Some even took their anger to Change.org to petition that the actor gets fired from “Greys Anatomy.”
The petition reads, “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 so consequences to Williams’ actions, There’s been no companies making a stand against his racist remarks and no swift action condemning his negative attitude.”
Shonda Rhimes, creator of the hit show, replied to the recent petition that has more than 11,000 signatures against Williams. Rhimes supports the content of Williams’ speech as she tweets, (first image about her losing service)
In woods. Far from wifi. Get signal! What’d I miss? “Just because we’re magic doesn’t mean we’re not real.” @iJesseWilliams‘ speech. YES.
— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) June 28, 2016
She later tweeted that she needs no petition because Shondaland rules.
Um, people? Boo don’t need a petition. #shondalandrules
— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) July 5, 2016
Jesse Williams also chimed in:
Do not promote empty people & their tantrums. Pure clickbait to gain followers, attention & money, for themselves, not you. Never you.
— jesseWilliams. (@iJesseWilliams) July 3, 2016
#NeverYou. What are your thoughts on the petition.
Written by: Nicquana Tashea