“So I don’t want to hear any more about how far we’ve come when paid public servants can pull a drive by on a 12-year-old playing alone in a park in broad daylight killing him on television then going home to make a sandwich.”
“This is for the real organizers all over the country, activist civil rights attorneys, the parents, the teachers, the students who are realizing that a system built to divide and impoverish and destroy us cannot stand if we do. All right?” he explains in the speech. “It’s kind of basic mathematics, the more we learn about who we are and how we got here, the more we will mobilize.”
“And let’s get a couple of things straight, just a little side note: 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’d 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.”
Although his speech was viewed as an “Awakening” moment in black America, it was also met with racist backlash for its pro-Black messages.
Here are some of those sentiments:
Why is it always the light skin niggas who need to make sure everyone knows they’re black? #JesseWilliams thinks blacks R better than every1
— Monty Burns (@ichuckbombs12) June 27, 2016
That Jesse Williams speech was beyond racist and is getting praise. That was disgusting and falsifying.
— Dolphin (@CodySchlichte1) June 27, 2016
Jesse Williams..Hypocrisy is…Winning a Humanitarian of the year award while alienating 50 million non racist whites.
— Diammit (@DiammitDiane) June 27, 2016
Timber-fake Timberlake also commented which lead to an apology after much backlash.
Oh, you sweet soul. The more you realize that we are the same, the more we can have a conversation.
— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) June 27, 2016