Shots Fired: The Backlash Has Begun For Jesse Williams

There is an article published by me in Medium titled “Jessie Williams Has Bet It All On Black”. The article heralded Williams for is iconic 2016 BET Humanitarian Award acceptance award speech. Instead of the standard thank you this that and the third speech Williams used opportunity to call out some very serious issues plaguing Blacks in this country.

He didn’t dilute his message that was aimed at bad policing, the disrespect of Black Women, sellouts, and a few other atrocities that needed airing out.

The title of the article “Jessie Williams Has Bet It All On Black” is the takeaway message of the article.

“Williams’ move was a bold one. You see he works in one of most biased industries in America — Hollywood. And a lot of other companies that invest in Hollywood get very uncomfortable when their money is suddenly supporting the spokesman speaking out against the very mud and blood they have on their hands.
We’ve seen it before. When a high profile figure bets it all on Black there is always some backlash.” — Jessie Williams Has Bet It All On Black

There’s a defensive play in football that is known as the blitz. Basically the blitz is when the defending team sends as many defenders after the ball handler as possible.

Some folks have already attempted to send a blitz at Jessie Williams.

A new river has formed in the United States. The name of it is the White Tears River and it’s filled with the tears of white people who feel Jesse Williams’ recent BET Awards speech was racist.
While crying their tears, these people took time out to even start a petition to remove the actor from Grey’s Anatomy.
The petition is titled, “Sign the petition to fire Jesse Williams from Grey’s Anatomy for racist rant,” and was created by “Erin Smith,” which is probably a fake name because who’d want the world to know he or she was really a jackass? Source — The Root

It’s the sort of backlash that has kept so many with national platforms from making a difference. They chose the false sense of security of staying in one’s lane silence appears to grant to those that don’t make waves.

The petition states :

Jesse Williams spewed a racist, hate speech against law enforcement and white people at the BET awards. If this was a white person making the same speech about an African American, they would have been fired and globally chastised, as they should be, but there has been no consequences to Williams’ actions. There’s been no companies making a stand against his racist remarks and no swift action condemning his negative attitude. Why was Burke’s character fired from Grey’s Anatomy after his inappropriate homophobic slur, but nothing for Jesse Williams? Why the one-way street? Why the support for a hater? Why the hypocrisy? #AllLivesMatter All humans bleed the same color. #EqualConsequences4RacistBehavior

Shonda Rhimes, the mind behind Grey’s Anatomy responded to the petition on Twitter.

She’s not even entertaining the nonsense. Kudos to Shonda.

#staywoke Jessie — They lurking my brother -waiting to pounce.