Jessica Williams delivers moving speech at Women’s March on Sundance


“I’ve loved all the speakers today and you’ve all said inspiring things. I don’t know really what to add, but I just want to say that if you are a minority today, we can all take away something from that ass whoopin’ that I got from my mom because we have to fight. We can not slack because right now we have a president who is anti-muslim, anti-latino, anti-gay, anti-black, anti-woman, anti-Native American, and anti-natives.

[What’s] even more scary is that we have a vice president who has been a politician for a long time and is a really strong opponent of the LGBT community. And I am so sorry that they were elected, but just know that I march for you and I pray that you march for me.

I’m 27 years old. I got The Daily Show when I was 22. I learned a lot of s— when I was on that show and for me, I grew up. And the hardest part of growing up for me is realizing that the world is not inherently fair.

I grew up thinking that the civil rights movement already happened. That we already fought but this election was a wake up call. The silver lining of this election is that we are here on this early ass morning in literally 21 degrees supporting each other.

If you are a minority, please know that you are valid. Your thoughts and your feelings are valid. I stand with you. If you are transgender, know that it is already legal to discriminate against the transgender community in a majority of these United States.

There is a rush to cut funding to Planned Parenthood. And it’s not like sometimes I feel like I can grab racism and I can get it, but racism isn’t as overt as it used to be. It’s coded language. It hides. It’s fear. It’s disgusting. The racism comes in saying the first thing we want to do is defund Planned Parenthood. The first thing we want to do is cut Obamacare without a replacement plan. Those affect minorities and women in low income housing. That is a war on women. That is a war on black women.

I was not expecting that [meaning her outburst]. But I just want to say thank you so much for coming out [this morning]. Enjoy the rest of your day ,and enjoy the rest of the festival. I stand with you, I hope that you stand with me.’”

R. Hawkins
R. Hawkins

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