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Jessie Williams speaks truth on Systemic Racism in America.

June 27, 2016 by  
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(ThyBlackMan.com) Even though I don’t watch award shows, but last night at The 2016 BET Awards, Beyonce and Kendrick rocked the crowd with their opening performance, but it was Jessie Williams that really stole the show with his speech about the systemic racism that we face daily in The Belly Of The Beast.

Here’s what he said about systemic racism, religion, conspicuous consumption, cultural exploitation, blackface, police brutality, etc.

Now, this award – this is not for me. This is for the real organizers all over the country – the activists, the civil rights attorneys, the struggling parents, the families, the teachers, the students that are realizing that a system built to divide and impoverish and destroy us cannot stand if we do.JESSIEWILLIAMSawards-bet

Now, this is also in particular 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. Now, 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 everyday. 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 and ours.??Now… I got more y’all – yesterday would have been young Tamir Rice’s 14th birthday so I don’t want to hear anymore about how far we’ve come when paid public servants can pull a drive-by on 12 year oldplaying alone in the 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 than it is 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 Dorian Hunt. Now the thing is, though, all of us in here getting money – that alone isn’t gonna stop this. Alright, now dedicating our lives, dedicating our lives to getting money just to give it right back for someone’s brand on our body when we spent centuries praying 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. There is no tax they haven’t leveed against us – and we’ve paid all of them.

But freedom is somehow always conditional here. “You’re free,” they keep telling us. But she would have been alive if 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 things straight, just a little sidenote – 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 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.

Freedom is always coming in the hereafter, but, you know what though, the hereafter is a hustle. And let’s get a couple of things straight, just a little sidenote, the burden of the brutalised is not to comfort the bystander. That’s not our job, stop with all that. If you have a critique for the resistance, our resistance, then you better have an established record of critique of our oppression. If you have no interest in equal rights for black people than 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. Ghettoising 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, just because we’re magic, doesn’t mean we’re not real.”

The Conclusion – I respect celebrities like Jessie Williams, John Legend, and Chris Rock who are not afraid of speaking out on social issues affecting our community

Staff Writer; Joe Davis

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One Response to “Jessie Williams speaks truth on Systemic Racism in America.”
  1. HENRY YAW OFORI says:

    They go to all the 54 African countries and some Third world countries to preach human rights and democracy to these stupid African Leaders. And they believe these foolishness or garbage orchestrated by this country.They bribe them in order to take their resources because they don’t know any better.We have been here over 500 plus years, and we don’t have any human rights in the African American community.Yet they go around the world preaching to us about civilization.They kill us here like animals,yet they depend on our resources in Africa.My message to the African American community is to rise up.And my message to our African brothers in Africa to wake up and smell the coffee.They don’t love you when they come to Africa.They are there,solely for one thing and one thing only,that is the mineral resources.Mr.Jesse Williams,i applaud you for the speech you gave at the BET Award.

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