Jesse Williams, a star of “Grey’s Anatomy” is not only beautiful, but he’s concerned with the issues plaguing the Black community. Williams spoke with Jane Velez-Mitchell exclusively about his outrage over the Michael Dunn trial. During the segment, we got a chance to see inside of Williams’ beautiful mind and he definitely had something powerful to say! “People should be outraged when a man is able to instigate an interaction with kids and then shoot them when things don’t go well.” Williams thinks that people should be tired of the “criminalization of the Black body” and people should be outraged over this case. “It is not a Black problem. It is a White problem. This is an American problem. It is a societal problem,” Williams passionately expressed on the show.
Gun violence is not a new concept in America and when you inject race into this deadly equation, many Black people are left wondering why the lives of our Black youth seemingly don’t matter. Michael Dunn killed a young Black man because he hated his music. Jesse asked if Jordan Davis had been playing Bon Jovi, would he still have his life? That’s a valid question–similar to pondering if Trayvon Martin would have been in a button up and khakis, would he still be alive after running to the store for Skittles and an Arizona Iced Tea.
“This is a tradition in this country, where people are able to go ahead and kill Black people because they’ve gotten sassed or inconvenienced. We’re victims of a fantasy. This fantasy of what the Black body does and can do has become more importantly than the reality and we pay for it with our lives,” Williams said, driving the conversation towards a reflection of the Black youth losing their lives at the hands of racist fantasies–the fantasy of being able see a “threatening” young Black man to shoot to kill. Williams passionately stated, “Look at the amount of boys that are being shot because you feel scared. The idea of feeling threatened is not the same thing as being threatened. We pretend that it is, but it’s not. We have to keep fighting to be heard and to be treated like human beings.”
Williams, who spends a lot of time doing a lot of work, creating opportunities for access to education for young Black men, has a big heart that goes out to our Black youth. Jane Velez-Mitchell asked him why he feels so “disenfranchised,” despite his success. And Williams’ response will make him love you even more. “I don’t think of just me, I think of a collective group of people. While privilege is very well, whether it’s a class issue that obviously exists–I’m glad you bring that up. This idea of having to explain why it’s racial, while we’re standing in our own blood is silly. It’s racial because it doesn’t happen to White people.”
TELL THEM JESSE WILLIAMS! TELL THEM!
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