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What we learned about Jesse Williams’ parents during his fiery BET speech

Jesse Williams accepts the 2016 BET Humanitarian Award (Photo Credit: Kevin Winter/BET)

Jesse Williams accepts the 2016 BET Humanitarian Award (Photo Credit: Kevin Winter/BET)

On Sunday, June 26, activist and “Grey’s Anatomy” actor Jesse Williams commanded the stage at the BET Awards to accept the honor for this year’s BET Humanitarian Award. We learned Williams bark complemented his bite when he traveled to Ferguson, Missouri to participate in protests after the shooting of Michael Brown. Here’s his phenomenal speech, and a salute to his parents for his strong foundation, in its entirety:

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 teaching me to focus on comprehension over career. They made sure I learned what the school didn’t want to teach me.This award is not for me it is for the organizers around the country. The activists. The civil rights attorneys. The struggling parents, the teachers, the students that are realize that a system built to impoverish and destroy us cannot stand if we do. It’s basic mathematics. The more we learn about who we are and how we got here, the more we will mobilize.

This is 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.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 every day. 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 in ours.

Yesterday would have been young Tamir Rice’s 14th birthday. 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 and then going home to make a sandwich. Tell Rekia Boyd how it’s so much better to live in 2012 than it is to live in 1612 or 1712. Tell that to Eric Garner. Tell that to Sandra Bland. Tell that to Darrien Hunt.

All of us in here getting money, that alone isn’t going to stop this. Dedicating our lives to get money just to give it right back for someone’s brand on our body when we spent centuries 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, no tax they haven’t levied against us and we have paid all of them. Freedom is somehow always conditional here. “You’re free,” they keep telling us. “But she would have been alive it 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 of things straight—just a little side note. The burden of the brutalized is not to comfort the bystander. That’s not our job, all right? 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 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, 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.

Thank you.

In May, Williams executive-produced Stay Woke, a documentary which traced the evolution of the Black Lives Matter movement and debuted on BET in May. He serves on the boards of the Advancement Project and, and executive produced the documentary art installation/website “Question Bridge: Black Males.”


  1. Cassi on June 27, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    Well, enough said. Well spoken and honest.. I absolutely love and appreciate this smart, beautiful man and will start to do my part to uplift and provide help and instructions to help those that are mistreated and disinfrancised.. So inspired and energized. Thank you Mr. Williams!! #respect #loveofGod #honesty

    • Sol Rothstein on June 28, 2016 at 1:25 pm

      BLACK FOLKS we need to RE-Build BLACK AMERICA ourselves…

      — WORDS and Speeches are not going to do it.

      1. Stop buying them DARN Korean Hair Hats/White Women Weave…

      2. Stop SKIN BLEACHING to the MAXX

      3. Stop having all them BLACK BAASTARDS

      That is MORE ACTION than any speech or words, and it will TREMENDOUSLY help BLACK AMERICA !!!

      • Jeff Van Voorhees on July 1, 2016 at 1:51 am

        their was never a black America unless you are talking about the crime ridden aids infested gang hellholes you are a joke & your favorite speaks are either NOT black or mulatto ROTFL

        • Sol Rothstein on July 1, 2016 at 9:39 am

          Actually, back in the 1950 – 1998 the USA had plenty of GOOD BLACK Communities.

          All of that ended between 1999 – present day. Maybe you are too young to know this. WE had a BEAUTIFUL BLACK AMERICA !!!

          Harlem, Atlanta, Houston, ALL of the South, and Boston, Los Angeles, Dallas, and plenty of more..wonderful BLACK Communities.

          • Jeff Van Voorhees on July 1, 2016 at 12:04 pm

            Wrong wrong wrong and your criminality is your fault,No ones else So is your llow Average IQ’s… No whites in any decade, in any tax bracket, in any country, have ever been as criminal as blacks ever save you BS revisionist libtard fairy tales for sad retarded black to believe its all lies you are a failure to launch race, Cannibal aids infected Kuru infected gay retards

          • ackeegrl on July 2, 2016 at 9:14 pm

            you are sad……..go pray to your devil god because you are just an evil racist without a real life…….

          • Jeff Van Voorhees on July 3, 2016 at 4:00 am

            umm your home lands religion is BLACK magic and Cannibalism

          • Dunit on July 19, 2016 at 11:10 pm

            The criminality is a fictional novel created by white supremacists who infiltrated law enforcement after the civil war and as late as 2006 indoctrinating their sick logic into law enforcement tactics and procedures to skew crime results, and then used the skewed results to justify racist tactics such as stop and frisk, and racial profiling to perpetuate the lie.

          • Jeff Van Voorhees on July 3, 2016 at 4:01 am

            Horse shit Actually you are a retarded nigger & all this revisionist BS is in hopes you will commit less crime All the stories all the inventions are Lies

        • Dunit on July 19, 2016 at 10:54 pm

          Greenwood a community in Tulsa, Oklahoma was once the wealthiest black community in the United States and gained its reputation as being the “Black Wall Street” (Negro Wall Street), because of the thriving success of million dollar businesses and black multi-millionaires. Greenwood’s success encouraged blacks to build and support one another in states across the nation and unlike today blacks worked together in peace and were able to employ their own people. In the early 20th century angry white mobsters raged into the Greenwood community burning down stores, homes, and other businesses, killing innocent men, women and children in the once great black community.

          • Dunit on July 19, 2016 at 11:05 pm

            The Negroes of Durham County pay taxes on about a half million dollars’ worth of property or an average of nearly $500 a family, and this property has more than doubled in value in the last ten years.
            There are, for instance, among the colored people of the town fifteen grocery stores, eight barber shops, seven meat and fish dealers, two drug stores, a shoe store, ahaberdashery, and an undertaking establishment. These stores carry stocks averaging (save in the case of the smaller groceries) from $2,000 to $8,000 in value.

            Blacks Durham has in addition to this developed five manufacturing establishments which turn out mattresses,hosiery, brick, iron articles, and dressed lumber. These enterprises represent an investment of more than $50,000. Beyond this the colored people have a number of financial enterprises among which are a building and loan association, a real estate company, a bank, and three industrial insurance companies.

    • Dannyboy 76 on June 30, 2016 at 3:58 pm

      Stay in school, don’t have kids outside marriage, and don’t kill each other. Pretty simple.

      Funny he didn’t mention any of those.

      • ackeegrl on July 2, 2016 at 9:16 pm

        Must be nice to live in the white privilege life not to know you have to just exist as a black person to get killed without doing anything wrong……just yesterday, white privilege worked for the people sitting at the next table in a restaurant…….we watched them get seated, waited on and complimentary wine while we waited and had to ask……..and there was no excuse…..then again, you are racist, so you wouldn’t understand. No, we are not making america white again……never.

        • Dannyboy 76 on July 2, 2016 at 9:36 pm

          ‘Exist without getting killed’

          You mean by other blacks? I’m not the racist here-you are.

          Ps-i was quoting Malcom X

        • Dannyboy 76 on July 2, 2016 at 9:58 pm

          I’m white and that’s happened to me too. Next.

        • Doreen Gaffney Barr on July 3, 2016 at 12:01 am

          Happens all the time. But only blacks say race is the cause. What should I blame it on?

    • Jeff Van Voorhees on July 1, 2016 at 1:50 am

      get real he is less than a half breed just barking gimmie bats bs blacks commit 26 times the violent crime if you were not hear you would still be ugly criminal cannibals the money changes nothing

      • ackeegrl on July 2, 2016 at 9:18 pm

        racist….bet you don’t even live in the states.

        • Jeff Van Voorhees on July 3, 2016 at 4:00 am

          My family Has been in the USA before it was the USA 1620 you are dumb mulatto very dumb

      • Dunit on July 19, 2016 at 6:21 pm

        You can’t even speak English properly. I’ve read all your posts. They’re not typos you’re just ignorant.

  2. Missy on June 27, 2016 at 10:52 pm

    Amazing speech but where do we go from here. Is this another “caught up in the moment” speech. Want 2 be positive about this but these things always seem to die down when the cameras are off & show is over. Great topic of conversation but where do we go from here? we are living in an era of the ultimate #divide&conquer. We need black men 2,rise up & take the lead in your communities & your families. We can’t do this if we r divided & conquered . Wake up!

    • Stephanie Jackson on June 28, 2016 at 3:13 am

      What ususally happens in the USA, when a brilliant, black leader appears on the scenes, they are eventually, persecuted, prosecuted or murdered. But that is, hopefully, history.

      • Dannyboy 76 on June 30, 2016 at 3:35 pm

        Well he’s not any of those so don’t worry.

    • ackeegrl on July 2, 2016 at 9:19 pm

      He is an activist….he went to the marches in ferguson etc.

      • Dannyboy 76 on July 2, 2016 at 9:42 pm

        Ferguson. …ohhhh you mean where the criminal attacked the cop and the cop shot him?

        You do realize more whites are killed than blacks by cops right sweetie?

    • Doreen Gaffney Barr on April 27, 2017 at 11:05 pm

      I don’t dislike or hate blacks. But all that is ever heard from there collectively is the bias and hatred of the white community. Word for word. And EVERYONE agrees. But you NEVER hear them admit that their bias and hatred of all whites runs just as deep and is just as big and nasty. Why can’t they admit that? They are so well rehearsed to point the finger and weep such tears. But none of them will admit what they feel. Always the innocent victim. We all know the truth. It’s written all over your faces

  3. Doreen Gaffney Barr on June 28, 2016 at 6:38 am

    That wasn’t so great. Another idiot who blames all white people for his woes. What’s new about that? We hear the same BS everyday. White mothers have also nourished and loved our children. We’re not crackheads having 10 children out of wedlock that we expect taxpayers to care for. We WORK while raising our families. He obviously doesn’t look past his nose to see what we are doing. Black appropriation? Get over yourselves. I’ve worked all my life and paid thousands upon thousands of tax dollars to give freebies to the black community. Never a thank you. Timberlake was giving a compliment. You all should have just said Thank you. Ingrates

    • PLUCK4EVA on June 28, 2016 at 7:48 am

      U seem to be an intelligent individual, the message regarding appropriation was that if you embrace the culture, stand with the culture in times of indifference. Your contributions via taxes are no different than anyone depending on where you live, your taxes go to the nice roads and better grocers…it is invested in your community which I would assume is fairly decent. The bigger picture is not to take away what the white culture has accomplished, but to highlight the misfortunes of our deeds historically. It is because of the generational gap of access, equality, and justice that white people today can take advantage of the advantage they’ve been given. Of course no one should be made to feel guilt or discomfort regarding the conversation piece however, it is what it is and it is easier to address it and come together to fix it…thank to say be thankful and deal with it. When you see a successful black person, even middle class, you must know (not assume) how difficult it must have been. When you go into the nice neighborhoods, when you go into board meetings, when you go to nice restaurants…the inequality that has had a domino effect to those communities is clearly obvious. It’s safe to assume that you’ve had the feeling of achievement, ownership, and pride which is up for debate of how much is well deserved. Nonetheless, getting over one self following centuries of rape, torture, deceit, murder, envy, and injustice requires an unprecedented lack of intelligence. You refer to blacks as ingrates, because we show solidarity in the moment whether briefly or progressively…which to people like you, could be a threat to your existence, a threat to everything you thought you earned fairly…a threat to your comfort zone. Ingrates are those who believe in oppression and resistance of any fair treatment, they lack a sense of responsibility for moronic behavior…their ideals are merely a stint in the growth and development of all of mankind. Sit back in the moment…in all of your assumed superior splendor, Basque in the comfort of ignorance, relish this moment…evilness has no place, and God’s people will rise!

    • jct on June 28, 2016 at 7:59 am

      Being of the Caucasian race and being a woman I take offense to the above statement made by Ms. Barr. I once was on welfare, although a short period of my life and used it for what it was created to do, help those in their time of need. Why should anyone thank the taxpayers, yes taxpayers, white, black, Hispanic, Asian, American Indian, middle eastern, etc. for help they need? I served in the US Army, became estranged from the man I loved and needed help getting on my feet. I went to local DSS to seek assistance and was treated like a criminal, had to be finger printed and interviewed by the fraud unit. While, I politely reminded them that I just need a little temporary help and that I did serve my country. I am not a crack head and nor are the majority of the women who seek help. Those who stay on public assistance are the minority and most use it to get ahead and become productive citizens who then give back to their community by paying taxes for the next person who is in need. Why are you so hostile? We as women are a minority in general and those of us, no matter what race we are know that we are selfless and nurture our own and don’t need recognition for it because it is in our nature to do so. But maybe we need to focus on nurturing those who aren’t for whatever reason. And perhaps you are the idiot, not Jesse Williams.

    • Just Speaking for Me on June 28, 2016 at 11:28 am

      Ms Doreen this was a great speech, full of passion and shows where his true hearts lies, where does yours? I love how you are so quick to disregard the things he do in his life while at the same time bragging about how you pay your taxes to help others. In actuality the taxes that you pay are dumped into a huge pot with my taxes which go to pay every single program in these United States of America. Your taxes are not specifically ear marked to pay for “crackheads having 10 children out of wedlock”. Matter of fact if you decide to educate yourself take a look at the IRS website. There’s a section where they breakdown what our taxes are used for, you maybe surprised that a majority of your taxes are spent on national defense, social security, Medicare, highway/mass transit infrastructure and a small portion to education, veteran benefits, social programs, and natural disasters. So continue to pat yourself on the back for helping to make your environment better.

      It is very easy to quickly judge someone without knowing them, you may be surprised to learn that a small portion of people that take advantage of social services programs use it for less than 2 years while they come back from a hard time. This doesn’t make them less it simply meanings they are smart enough to know when and where to seek assistance. And in closing if you don’t like the things being said on an African American cultural site don’t be on a African American cultural site.

      • Erica on June 28, 2016 at 2:31 pm

        You should know I gave you a standing ovation right here at my desk. I feel like if you aren’t intentionally being hateful toward another race you don’t need to feel ashamed.

      • Doreen Gaffney Barr on April 27, 2017 at 10:18 pm

        You’re right! It is very easy to quickly judge someone you have never met. You are just as guilty in judging me. I’ve never written an autobiography so I don’t know where you get off judging my words. Our tax dollars go to many things. But if some of it doesn’t go to welfare or social programs then where does that money come from? Are there welfare trees growing only that porion of the money used? Does it fall from the sky. Be truthful, how many crooked politicians have based their election campaigns heavily on on improving the lives of African Americans? How many states hike taxes through the nose to funnel all that extra revenue to “rebuild and repair our inner cities? As a child my favorite place to visit several times weekly was Newark, New Jersey. That was truly a gorgeous shopping, cultural center that all people loved. I took the bus there all the time by age 7-8. We went anytime of the day or night. No fear. So safe for everyone. Until the riots. That was when the black residents told anyone visiting that Newark was theirs. Whites and whoever else they hated were told to stay the hell out. If you should choose to come it is strictly Enter at your own risk. I would still occassionally go until a dear neighborn was beaten to death paying his electric bill. After my 89 year old grandmother was assaulted, thrown to the ground and robbed, that was it for me. You sir are so naive if you don’t think there is an active violent, hated agenda against whites by blacks who hate whites equally to the reverse. Everyone is sooooo holy and always the victim. All of you need multiple mirrors to see yourselves

    • swmpl on June 28, 2016 at 3:20 pm

      Whites have historically cheated, stolen, and used violence to achieve wealth in American society. This wealth stolen from Africans and African Americans has been passed on to their children and grandchildren. And the theft lasted long after 1965 with the passage of laws protecting blacks. If you were aware of history perhaps you would be a little less bitter. And you don’t deserve a reward for taking care of your kids. No one cares!

      • Dannyboy 76 on June 30, 2016 at 3:40 pm

        Examples please.

        • swmpl on June 30, 2016 at 4:15 pm

          This is how John Davis became a slave. He was walking one evening from the train depot in Goodwater, Alabama, when a white man appeared in the road. “Nigger,” he demanded, “have you got any money?” The white man, Robert Franklin, was a constable. He claimed Davis owed him. This was news to Davis. “I don’t owe you anything,” he said. But what Davis said did not matter. He was arrested that night and summarily convicted. A wealthy landowner, John Pace, paid the alleged $40 debt and a $35 fine in exchange for Davis’ mark — Davis was illiterate — on a contract binding him to work 10 months at any task Pace demanded. For all intents and purposes, the one man now owned the other. For all intents and purposes, John Davis was John Pace’s slave. This was September 1901, 36 years after the end of the Civil War. It would be appalling if it happened once. Douglas Blackmon says it happened hundreds of thousands of times in Alabama alone. Blackmon, Atlanta bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal, is the author of a compelling new book, “Slavery by Another Name.”
          It details the convict leasing system of the South, wherein poor black men were routinely snatched up and tried on false, petty or non-existent charges by compliant courts, assessed some fine they could not afford, and then “sold” for the cost of that fine to some mine, turpentine farm or plantation. The money went back to the judges and sheriffs. When men served their time, they were sometimes subject to prompt rearrest on even flimsier charges, such as “stealing” the jail clothes they walked out in. The system was so elaborate that businesses could put in orders with local sheriffs to arrest the number of men they needed. Black men chained up in swamps and workhouses, held under armed guard, fed gruel, worked beyond human endurance, beaten beyond human decency, subjected cruelties. White men were openly buying and selling black men under this system until after World War II.

          • Dannyboy 76 on June 30, 2016 at 4:32 pm

            I have Irish blood dude -i know all about indentured servitude.

   left out the part when your ancestors sold each other

          • swmpl on June 30, 2016 at 4:37 pm

            My ancestors were already here.

          • swmpl on June 30, 2016 at 4:49 pm

            For years, Eurocentric archaeologists have largely turned the other cheek when it came to the discovery of artifacts from ancient Egypt being discovered in the Americas. According to Dr. David Imhotep, the author behind the book “The First Americans Were Africans: Documented Evidence,” “Egyptian artifacts found across North America from the Algonquin writings on the East Coast to the artifacts and Egyptian place names in the Grand Canyon” are all signs of an early arrival in the Americas by Africans. This is also paired with a much earlier account of Black people with incredible skills at sea. Back in 445 B.C., the Greek historian Herodotus wrote of King Ramses III leading a team of Africans at sea with astounding seafaring and navigational skills. Together, both accounts would point to Africans sailing over to the New World before Columbus.

          • Doreen Gaffney Barr on July 4, 2016 at 11:28 pm

            So what?

          • swmpl on July 5, 2016 at 11:10 am

            So, whites like to minimize their role in slavery by saying Africans “sold” them and omit the fact that hey enslaved free Africans that migrated to the Americas

          • swmpl on June 30, 2016 at 5:03 pm

            You are misguided. There are several countries and tribes in Africa they are continuously at war even today. Everyone on the continent is not related you’re rediculous.

          • ackeegrl on July 2, 2016 at 9:28 pm

            they sold them to you…..

          • Dannyboy 76 on July 2, 2016 at 9:38 pm

            And africans sold your ancestors.

            Ps you do know that about one percent of the population owned slaves right? But don’t let your bigotry and hate get in the way of facts.

          • Doreen Gaffney Barr on July 2, 2016 at 11:55 pm

            Not all whites owned slaves. Far from it. But we all get blamed. Why?

          • ackeegrl on July 2, 2016 at 9:26 pm

            It is happening now….blacks arrested and kept in jail and then released years later with the charges dropped, but during this time they are working….working for pennies a day for slave labor private companies that invest in jails…we have slavery in jail today….and only those who cannot afford to fight the injustice will be locked up on make believe crimes……..this is not a fairy tale, just google it….it is happening now…..even with the charges dropped, they still have a criminal record that prevents them from getting a decent job or live in certain places because of the criminal record…

          • Doreen Gaffney Barr on July 2, 2016 at 11:54 pm

            I believe you. I’m saying that you all are blaming the wrong people. It’s the damn government who screwed everyone.

          • Doreen Gaffney Barr on July 2, 2016 at 11:53 pm

            I had nothing to do with it. All I know is I paid taxes through the nose for “social programs “that I was never eligible to use. Wrong race. And I was promised Social Security in return. I paid. I never had a chance to collect. And the same government screwed me too. Because they stole all the Social Security. Why blame me? It’s the damn government who screwed everyone.

          • Wardemon on April 25, 2017 at 2:02 pm

            “All I know is I paid taxes through the nose for “social programs “that I was never eligible to use. Wrong race.”
            Logical people don’t blame all white people for anything. Still bigoted people who in their ignorance assume and believe every negative thing they have ever heard about a group of people based on their race probably deserve some blame.
            There is no wrong race for welfare and there is nothing wrong with welfare but if you actually based your bigoted assumptions on reality you would find out that caucasian people are the overwhelming majority of people who receive welfare but you seem to look at people who receive it with contempt and want so badly to believe anything and everything negative you have ever heard about black people.

          • Doreen Gaffney Barr on April 27, 2017 at 9:52 pm

            You totally ignored and discarded the incidents I have seen with my own eyes. After working in the Emergency Department as an RN I could tell you more first hand.stories than you think you could believe or would believe. When you personally see the same thing more times than you can count, it’s not truly biased, it’s the truth as it appeared in my life. You cannot dispute my experiences simply with the same old tired racist insult, which is designed to label what you don’t like as a lie. I saw, heard, observed many troubling things. By all types of people. YOU WERE NOT THERE. The word or implication of Racist does not erase lies

          • Wardemon on April 28, 2017 at 9:39 am

            Just because you see something occur over and over in your personal life does not mean it bears out statistically worldwide or nationwide. Often people see what they themselves want to see or pay attention to. You sit up and notice every time you see something that confirms your bias while dismissing things that do not confirm your bias.
            Here is some information on recipients of programs

      • Doreen Gaffney Barr on July 2, 2016 at 11:48 pm

        It’s always apparent that the black community cares about no one but yourselves. It’s the government who screwed everyone. Why blame that on me?

        • swmpl on July 3, 2016 at 12:32 pm

          No. What’s apparent is the white community cares more about wealth than they do PEOPLE!!!!

    • KJL on June 29, 2016 at 4:35 am

      Most of the welfare recipients are white! Forty percent of welfare recipients are white, five percent black, fifteen percent Hispanic and the other forty percent are other ethnicities. So please go on another website and chastise your fellow white welfare recipients. Please and thank you!

      • Dannyboy 76 on June 30, 2016 at 3:27 pm

        No, actually 25 percent are black.
        Yes whites make up 40 percent, but since whites are 65 percent, they’re actually under represented.

        • KJL on July 1, 2016 at 5:51 am

          40% for whites is actually pretty high in terms of tax dollars spent. And considering whites have had every advantage and the constitution protected whites and their wealth since the inception of America.

          • Dannyboy 76 on July 1, 2016 at 2:50 pm

            Yeah and minorities have had every possible social program, grant, and scholarship in the billions thrown at them.

          • ackeegrl on July 2, 2016 at 9:30 pm

            guess you didn’t know rich people lie an get those benefits. My friend on stage 4 cancer could not get welfare, but the white women with husbands did…they just lie and said they were not married driving a Mercedes into the welfare office…….

          • Dannyboy 76 on July 2, 2016 at 9:39 pm

            And i see plenty of brand new benzs in the hood. Your point?

            Besides you hate white people of course.

          • KJL on July 3, 2016 at 6:00 pm

            No one hates white people. Everyone hates racist white people!

          • KJL on July 3, 2016 at 10:32 am

            Whites are the primary beneficiary of every government program across the spectrum, rich and poor whites suck up the majority of government money. I’m against All government programs especially business subsidies. If a business can’t make it without leeching off the government subsidies, it should go out of business!!!!

          • Dannyboy 76 on July 3, 2016 at 3:10 pm

            Agreed about the business but you’re j7st factually wrong about proportional outlays.

          • Dannyboy 76 on July 1, 2016 at 2:54 pm

            So wait if whites are protected, why do Asians, people from the middle east and Africans seem to have no problem succeeding and staying off assistance?

            Take your time.

          • ackeegrl on July 2, 2016 at 9:32 pm

            Because they are classified as WHITE you dummy…..they are not considered Black…..yes. I guess you did not know middle eastern people are Asians? lol

          • Dannyboy 76 on July 2, 2016 at 9:55 pm

            Africans. know-black people- do not collect public assistance at the rate american blacks do-and they also make up a disproportionate amount of top students in colleges and universities.

            See, I’m on the side of blacks being successful, you’re not. Sad really.

            Read a little marcus garvey-would do you some good. You’d call him an uncle tom today -perish the thought of responsibility and self respect.

          • KJL on July 3, 2016 at 7:18 am

            You’re stupid. Africans would succeed because they weren’t here during Jim Crow and slavery like American blacks and their ancestors you dumbass.

          • Dannyboy 76 on July 3, 2016 at 3:13 pm

            We’re talking today, not fifty years ago dumb dumb.

            White supremacy is rampant yet asians and middle easterners not only successful, but manage to not only drop out of school-but not shoot each other in disproportionate numbers.

          • KJL on July 3, 2016 at 5:44 pm

            Life is cumulative. Ever heard of inheritance you dumbfuck

          • KJL on July 3, 2016 at 6:16 pm

            So, you think ostracizing and dehumanizing an entire group of people will have zero effect on their children? GTFOH!!!

          • KJL on July 3, 2016 at 1:14 pm

            The constitution originally protected everyone except blacks. What don’t you understand about that.

          • Dannyboy 76 on July 3, 2016 at 3:08 pm

            Nice dodge.

          • KJL on July 3, 2016 at 5:48 pm

            Merely stating facts!

      • Doreen Gaffney Barr on July 2, 2016 at 11:57 pm

        I never got any. I don’t know every single white person in the country you know.

    • Dunit on June 29, 2016 at 4:48 am

      The white women I know are married. And don’t work! And are proud of it. I’m willing to bet you pay nothing in taxes at all! And have no idea how the tax system even works. I bet you have no taxable income at all. You probably don’t even know what that means. Forty-five percent of Americans pay no taxes, or have enough deductions and credits and tax breaks to receive income from the government. And just an FYI the majority of blacks do not even qualify for government assistance. The majority of people receiving handouts from the government are white. Both rich and poor whites receive both welfare and subsidies from the government on both ends of the income spectrum.

      • Dannyboy 76 on June 30, 2016 at 3:39 pm

        If they don’t qualify, then why do i always hear democrats saying how poor blacks are and need help?

        Blacks and Hispanics are actually pretty conservative, but yet they vote for Democrats. Why?

      • Doreen Gaffney Barr on July 4, 2016 at 11:33 pm

        I have no wealth. I worked my ass off for 35 years as an RN. I know I paid plenty in taxes. They took it right out of my damn paycheck. And raised 3 children while working and not one red cent of assistance. So you are dead wrong.

    • ackeegrl on July 2, 2016 at 9:21 pm

      His mother is white ….father is black…they are both teachers and so was he…..apparently they instill a sense in him that you would never know because you are still whining with your privilege….you will never know how it feels to be black and walking in a store, or driving by a police…shut up if you are not part of the solution.

    • Christine on July 6, 2016 at 3:19 am

      Doreen, I don’t usually respond to comments but your claims here along with many others have deeply disturbed me and I feel it’s all of our duties to at least counter some of the statements you have made. I think the thing you aren’t acknowledging is that the problem of inequality is larger than your personal experience. I’m sincerely glad that you have paid all of your taxes, that’s what keeps the country even somewhat functional. I would beg you though to have a little more empathy and a little more perspective when you judge entire communities. I think to claim that Jesse Williams’ speech is about “blaming white people for all of his woes” is reductive. I am a white female and I can listen to a speech like this and feel inspired and moved. I can acknowledge that there is systemic racism in this country that goes beyond any one individual’s actions and I appreciate that he had the courage to use his platform and position to bring light to many unpleasant truths about our country that need to be addressed by all of us.

      It’s a fact that the median wealth of white families is about 13 times the median wealth of black families. [] The greater wealth of the white community allows many within that community to borrow from friends and relatives when they are going through rough times rather than turn to welfare, which is not a possibility for many African Americans in a community where there are fewer assets to be leveraged and loaned. There are many reasons to explain why this wealth gap has come to be, here are some of them: In the WWII era, there were progressive new deal welfare programs that helped forge the middle class in America. Unfortunately, many of those policies purposefully excluded African Americans and didn’t provide them with the same advantages that your white parents or grandparents might have received. While you may feel you have not personally received any support from welfare programs in your lifetime with your tax dollars, I would claim that the strong white middle class in America was founded through the aid of social welfare programs. I would urge you to look into FHA policies that redlined black neighborhoods and denied African Americans access to loans that would allow them to buy homes for their families and grow their assets. That same denial of credit can be attributed for the creation of slums in cities since many families were forced to buy homes from contract sellers for astronomical sums of money that bankrupted many black families and enriched only the sellers. The poor conditions imposed on black neighborhoods also lead to overcrowding and lack of funding in schools which then denied thousands of children a fair chance at a decent public education. I would ask you to look up the limitations of the GI bill for black soldiers. I would also ask that you look into the exemptions of maids and farmworkers, jobs predominantly held by African Americans, in many states from Social Security pensions and access to unions. You could also research the effect of wage garnishment on the black community. Etc… if you take the time to do your research, you will realize that there have been many systemic economic and social injustices in recent memory against the black community and it would do us all good to at least acknowledge it because that’s the first step towards addressing our current gap in equality and in understanding between communities.

      I leave you with a quote from LBJ. He said “freedom is not enough” because “you do not take a person who, for years, has been hobbled by chains and liberate him, bring him up to the starting line of a race and they say, ‘you are free to compete with all the others,’ and still justly believe you have been completely fair.”

      • Doreen Gaffney Barr on July 14, 2016 at 12:24 pm

        Well I certainly thank you for your response. It seems that you are well versed in this area. I will take the time to research and read the items you pointed out. Politics and social engineering were never interests of mine and truthfully I didn’t really have the time while my kids were small. My personal experience stems from the Newark riot era and afterwards when whites were told to stay out and we didn’t belong there. I was 8 at the time but it formed the way I look at the world of race relations . I personally have never had any conflicts with any of my close friends or colleagues. The thing that angers me is that the average working white person is accused of all things wrong when the government should be the target for the very policies you have mentioned.

  4. Bee Kaye on June 28, 2016 at 9:40 am

    So is he half-way talking about himself? He’s half-white. Wow the irony is palatable. I’m not saying what he said was wrong or irrelevant. I just think it’s odd how “passionate” he is about the mistreatment and cultural appropriation of AA, when he himself is half-white.

    • Erica on June 28, 2016 at 2:37 pm

      When people see him they don’t see him as white they see him as black. During segregation and slavery times half white didnt entitle you to shit. Things have not changed. He is not only talking about black people helping out black people there are alot of white folks doing humanitarian work with Black Lives as well. You are so missing the point. He isn’t shutting down white people. White people are awesome he is just trying to say black people want to be seen just as awesome.

      • Sinja on July 8, 2016 at 11:49 am

        I don’t consider him black, that is half the problem with the world. Stop teaching your children black and white, we are all god’s people. When this angry racist generation dies off, hopefully our children will have a better place.

    • ackeegrl on July 2, 2016 at 9:33 pm

      can you tell he is half white by looking at him? No…you have to do some digging and asking…..he has endured racism…his father is black and mother is white in a country that spit on both parents because back then they were taboo……how old are you? 12?

      • Dannyboy 76 on July 2, 2016 at 9:40 pm

        Especially with blacks. ….

  5. cass on June 28, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    I am very surprised this mans mother is white and didn’t hesitate to teach him his true identity as a black man. Lord knows he could have decided to be something other than black by the way he looks. Good job mom and dad, excellent speech Jesse.

    • ackeegrl on July 2, 2016 at 9:36 pm

      very ignorant aren’t you? He looks black…he cannot changed his looks. You have to be very color struck to think he can pass off his complexion and hair as anything other than black…..and his eyes are blue but so are contacts….hard to prove…..why should he have to act a different person in this day and century?

      • cass on July 8, 2016 at 9:40 am

        Because black men are being hunted like animals in this country bitch, have you heard of perms, and white people tanning, and makeup. If he wanted to play his white features up he could have you fucking idiot.

        • ackeegrl on July 9, 2016 at 1:38 am

          What kind of self hate are you dealing hate your color that much you would pretend to be another race in this age? I’m lighter than him and my hair is relaxed and there is no way in hell I can be mistaken for white even with contacts…you are color struck and you think lite and brite means you can pass for white……I have a black son so you don’t have to tell me what the streets are like….your are scarier than a racist with a gun……you can go bleach your color struck self. BTW…perms are for white people….black people use relaxer….if you are black and use a perm that is meant to curl straight hair, you will be bald… sad for you ……

  6. Dannyboy 76 on June 30, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    Did he leave out that plenty of white people get shot too?

  7. Dannyboy 76 on June 30, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    I want equal rights for black people.

    Unfortunately williams does not…he’s no different than a white supremacist

    • ackeegrl on July 2, 2016 at 9:38 pm

      takes one to know one….you should know……

      • Dannyboy 76 on July 2, 2016 at 9:50 pm

        I judge people by their character, not skin color. You should try it sometime.

  8. Jeff Van Voorhees on July 1, 2016 at 1:48 am

    he is another light bright, yellow mullato, barely black guy talking bullshit what a fucking joke ROTFL Tommy Sotomatyor has to be cracking up

    • ackeegrl on July 2, 2016 at 9:39 pm

      you are so racist……having fun hiding behind your camera with your tiny hands?

      • Dannyboy 76 on July 2, 2016 at 9:40 pm

        Awwww a racist calling other people racist? You’re adorable.

  9. Jeff Van Voorhees on July 1, 2016 at 1:52 am

    Blacks are disgusting criminals with an average IQ of 70 and account for 44% of all Aids infections

    • ackeegrl on July 2, 2016 at 9:41 pm

      lol…..that is why your race is dying out faster than blacks because the truth is out there that we are smarter and preventing us from going to school for 300 years has not stopped our creativity and abilities..with only 60 years of allowing us to integrate we are showing that we can outsmart you all….and the stress is killing off the white men……lol……so keep calling us names, it is only causing a cancer in your soul……….

      • Jeff Van Voorhees on July 3, 2016 at 3:59 am

        No you are not smarter IQ matters you IQ is even lower in Africa & Aids is worse same as niggers in every other country the AIDs goes up IQ goes down BWHAHAHA your response defies the statistics you imbecile you just blurt that out in hopes it fools the other moneys? ROTFL & the only reason your Average IQ gains a few points in the USA is because you are mixed since you rape everyone You are a laughing stock

        • Dunit on July 3, 2016 at 2:53 pm

          Your IQ is way below average though. You ranting has exposed you for below average high school dropout you are. You can’t even spell monkey dumbass!!!

          • Jeff Van Voorhees on July 19, 2016 at 2:21 pm

            nigger do you know what a typo is? get real just because they passed you on your tests because otherwise you’d be a drop out does not mean I’m a drop out aids infected nigger

          • Dunit on July 19, 2016 at 6:13 pm

            You are in fact a high school drop out Aids infected white trash hill Billy. You raped your sister until age 8. You are a low life. You are an imbecile. You raped your mother at age 16. Your dad shot himself in the head when you were 17. And you’ve been on disability since the age of 23. You are a disgrace. You would be insulting if you weren’t so pitiful.

          • Dunit on July 20, 2016 at 8:00 am

            White skin is a genetic deformity caused when abnormal cell division results in the versions of two genes—SLC24A5 and SLC45A2—that lead to depigmentation and, therefore, pale skin. And HERC2/OCA2, which causes blue eyes and may also contribute to light skin and blond hair. The other gene deformity, SLC45A2, and a distinct facial appearance, intellectual disability, developmental delays, and may be associated with skin cancer or lower respitory disease, heart disease and inability to manage stress.

          • Dunit on July 20, 2016 at 2:13 pm

            American blacks have made major contributions to American civilization and scientific contributions to NASA. John Christian an Air Force, Materials Research, Engineer, invented and patented new lubricants, used in high flying aircraft and NASA space missions. The lubricants worked well under a wider temperature range than previous products, from minus 50 to 600 degrees. They were used in the helicoptor fuel lines, astronaut’s back-pack life support systems, and in the four-wheel drive of the “moon-buggy”.

          • Dunit on July 20, 2016 at 2:15 pm

            Otis Boykin, a black man, invented an electrical resistor used in computers – radios – television sets and a variety of electronic devices. Boykin’s resistor helped reduce the cost of those products. Otis Boykin also invented a variable resistor used in guided missile parts, a control unit for heart stimulators, a burglar-proof cash register and a chemical air filter. After graduating from Fisk University and the Illinois Institute of Technology, Otis Boykin worked in a laboratory testing automatic controls for airplanes. He later worked as a consultant for several firms and as a successful inventor.

          • Dunit on July 20, 2016 at 2:17 pm

            Benjamin Banneker a black scientist, astronomer, inventor, writer and antislavery publicist. Banneker created the first American built striking clock, invented the first Farmers’ Almanac and actively campaigned against slavery. Banneker was educated by Quakers and quickly revealed to the world his inventive nature. Benjamin Banneker first achieved national acclaim for his scientific work in the 1791 survey of the Federal Territory (now Washington, D.C.). In 1753, he built the first watch made in America, a wooden pocket watch. Twenty years later, Banneker began making astronomical calculations that enabled him to successfully forecast a 1789 solar eclipse. His estimate, made well in advance of the celestial event, contradicted predictions of better-known mathematicians and astronomers.

        • Dunit on July 20, 2016 at 8:34 am

          Whites are not as smart as immigrants. Thats why whites are consistently loosing jobs and have jobs shipped overseas. You can’t compete. All developed nations including African born blacks residing in western countries as a group possess IQs that are 15 IQ points above that of whites living in these countries. So that the median IQ for African blacks residing in the west is 110, Asian-Americans -106, White Americans – 103. Whites can’t compete on a level field.

        • Dunit on July 20, 2016 at 2:21 pm

          George Carruthers, a black man, has gained international recognition for his work which focuses on ultraviolet observations of the earth’s upper atmosphere and of astronomical phenomena. Ultraviolet light is the electromagnetic radiation between visible light and x-rays.

          • Dunit on July 20, 2016 at 2:22 pm

            Dr. Charles Richard Drew, a black man, researched blood plasma and transfusions in New York City. It was during his work at Columbia University where he made his discoveries relating to the preservation of blood. By separating the liquid red blood cells from the near solid plasma and freezing the two separately, he found that blood could be preserved and reconstituted at a later date.

          • Dunit on July 20, 2016 at 2:25 pm

            Mark Dean and his co-inventor Dennis Moeller, black inventors, created a microcomputer system with bus control means for peripheral processing devices. Their invention paved the way for the growth in the information technology industry. We can plug into our computers peripherals like disk drives, video gear, speakers, and scanners.

          • Dunit on July 20, 2016 at 2:27 pm

            Philip EmeagwaliNigerian born Dr. Philip Emeagwali first entered the limelight in 1989 when he won the prestigious Gordon Bell Prize for his work with massively parallel computers. He programmed the Connection Machine to compute a world record 3.1 billion calculations per second using 65,536 processors to simulate oil reservoirs. With over 41 inventions submitted to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Emeagwali is making big waves in the supercomputer industry.

          • Dunit on July 20, 2016 at 2:29 pm

            Fred McKinley Jones, a prolific black inventor, Jones patented more than sixty inventions, however, he is best known for inventing an automatic refrigeration system for long-haul trucks in 1935 (a roof-mounted cooling device). Jones was the first person to invent a practical, mechanical refrigeration system for trucks and railroad cars, which eliminated the risk of food spoilage during long-distance shipping trips. The system was, in turn, adapted to a variety of other common carriers, including ships. Jones was issued the patent on July 12, 1940.

      • Jeff Van Voorhees on July 19, 2016 at 2:23 pm

        Thats not true Sweden proved that its due to birth control and abortion rates, once the Jews are done with you, they will make you extinct they hate black people more than other black people do rotfl 54% or all murders and 44% of all aids is you nigger from CDC, AIDS dot gov the FBI and DOJ

        • Dunit on July 19, 2016 at 7:06 pm

          Yea, birth control and abortions cause even your mothers’ know you’re all useless waste of space.

        • ackeegrl on July 31, 2016 at 5:19 am

          I have cousins married to Jews…they marry black caribbean girls like they are rare jewels……Bob marley father was a white jew……lots of jews in Jamaica……so much for that.

          • Jeff Van Voorhees on November 27, 2016 at 4:51 pm

            you are not understanding me sub human monkey

      • Jeff Van Voorhees on November 27, 2016 at 4:52 pm

        no monkey we have a lower birth rate and a lower AIDS infection rate, do you even logic nigger?

    • Dunit on July 19, 2016 at 10:29 pm

      Whites are mentally inferior and are less able to manage stress than any other race. Whites are more prone to mental distress and menral illness than any other race. Whites are most likely to commit Suicide and drug abuse and alcoholism than any other race. Whites are more likely to die from alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver. The suicide rate for whites was four times the rate of blacks. More whites are on disability than any other race. Whites are naturally more inferior than blacks. That’s why were ancestors went half way around the world to get Africans because Africans are naturally stronger mentally and physically.

    • Dunit on July 19, 2016 at 10:30 pm

      Poorly educated middle-aged white Americans are out of work, and are the largest group of narcotics and alcohol users. White males 18-44 are the largest group of Heroin addicts.

  10. Marie Blakely on July 2, 2016 at 6:21 pm

    AMEN and AMEN.

  11. Ladyj Huston on July 7, 2016 at 12:05 am

    U must recognize that his adamant speech includes his disgust with the white side of him. Why do we still classify an African American mixed race person as black? If u have a Chinese person mixed with Caucasian are they classified as Chinese?

    When does a white mixed person be classified as white? Jesse’s mom must be an exceptional woman to support his activism for blacks being that she’s white.

    White people please realize there are millions of blacks not being perpetuated in the media for their good citizenship & accomplishments that all Americans have benefitted from. The criminals u c in the media are intentionally placed there for ratings from fear. B4 u respond here with ur hate, misguided perceptions of African Americans, plz Google about our relevance & contributions that is included in his speech. I for one have never been in jail, killed or injured anybody. The government aid I received as a child helped in my survival to where I would become a college graduate. I’m not the exception, I’m the norm.