Jesse Williams Speaks Hard Truths About Police Brutality (VIDEO)

Jesse Williams Speaks Hard Truths About Police Brutality (VIDEO)

Jesse Williams made a powerful speech at the BET awards. He spoke hard truths about racism and police brutality. Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

“Audience members rose to their feet and were visibly emotional as Jesse Williams delivered a powerful acceptance speech at the BET awards on Sunday night.

After Williams received the Humanitarian award at the BET (Black Entertainment Television) awards, for his civil rights activism, the 34-year-old addressed the audience.

Delivering a rousing speech on continuing racial inequalities in America, Williams dedicated his awards to activists, teachers, civil rights lawyers, parent, students, families and black women in particular.

Read his inspiring speech in full:

“This award, this is not for me. This is for the real organisers all over the country. The activists, the civil rights attorneys, the struggling parents, the families, the teachers, the students, that are realising that a system built to divide and impoverish and destroy us cannot stand if we do. It’s kind of basic mathematics, the more we learn about who we are and how we got here, the more we will mobilise. 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.”

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20 Responses

  1. AtheistAmongUs says:

    BlackLivesMatter is a hate group and police brutality is a tiny problem
    compared black crime.

  2. Justin Stewart says:

    All the tears of the white people lmao

  3. Ilieknoodles Ⓥ says:

    All lives matter not just black people’s lives.

  4. Junior Lopez says:

    Erick lived a block away from me rip

  5. dennis blaul says:

    Black lives matter does not care about black people

  6. Una val says:

    Sandra Bland killed herself. Eric Garner was a mistake and a tragedy. Tamir
    rice was also a tragedy. Don’t play around with guns in the park.

  7. KeyBlades says:

    look at your ratings! every video has intense opposition! your channel is
    going down

  8. 8osiris says:

    Why do blacks think their culture is the only ones who have ever been
    slaves? I don’t see the black community standing up for other cultures who
    have been oppressed, just their own. next they will adopt a term like

  9. KeefTwoof says:

    Why is Jesse Williams, a white man, speaking for black people? This is
    worse than the Young Turks speaking for black people.

  10. Boobalopbop says:

    My question is, is he bi-racial. I’ve seen his father and he looks black or
    biracial, but is his mom white? How would she feel about what he said and
    his other white relatives? And I don’t mean this in a snarky way, but I
    think it’s wrong when mixed people choose to only acknowledge their black
    parentage and calling themselves black. My husband is white, and our
    daughter is 2. I would hate for her to grow up to only acknowledge her
    black side. It’s really unfair. Her white side loves her just as much.

  11. wali jamal says:

    Who is Jude Law speaking for? You can’t put Tamir Rice, (innocent kid
    playing) in the same boat with Eric Garner, a criminal in the act of a
    crime who refused to be arrested, resistance that resulted in his death.
    You can’t put Oscar Grant (innocent victim of police brutality) with Mike
    Brown, who openly challenged and fought with police minutes after robbing a
    store of weed smoking paraphenalia. You can’t put CRIMINALS in the same
    boat with legitimate VICTIMS of racist cops. JUST BECAUSE YOU’RE BLACK, IT
    COMMITTING CRIMES, and you fight the cops, refusing to be addressed about
    said crimes…you are going to get what you’re going to get. Mike Brown and
    Freddie Gray were criminals. They didn’t deserve to die, but they at least
    had a better chance of survival than Tamir Rice did. They didn’t have to
    resist. KNOW THE DIFFERENCE between innocent victims and people who cause
    the police to confront them.

  12. Rob Gallagher says:

    Total joke from a guy that no one has ever heard of. The guy has a white
    mother, so I guess she’s a racist too? He says “The United States built a
    system to oppress us” – then why is he standing on the stage on national TV
    excepting an award? Africa is an awesome continent. Go check it out.

  13. McChulo says:



  14. FitnessByMatt says:

    Wait – so Blacks, who commit 51% of all homicides in the USA are also being
    shot by police 51% of the time? Weird.

  15. Diatonic5th says:

    Is it OK for a *white guy* like me to like this speech? I heard that white
    people are not allowed to call this speech “inspirational”.
    I think it had something to do with
    racism-triggering-microaggression-privileged-appropriating-safe spaces?

  16. The Great Restoration says:

    More white men are killed by the police than blacks…you people are so
    fucken stupid! look at the FBI records…white men are almost killed double
    of that of black men. how can you listen to this crap?

  17. Black Star says:

    when are they gonna speak out on black on black crimes

  18. jo23bulls says:

    Trolls are always brave behind a computer. Seriously delete yourself from
    this world.

  19. Marcello Genovese says:

    Now do a video on the blatant racism and vitriol spewed at Justin
    Timberlake by the BLM movement. He literally said he was inspired and was
    ambushed from black supremacists and forced into apologizing for doing
    nothing wrong. I am for equal rights across the board but the BLM movement
    is divisive and toxic to equal rights.

  20. Impending Doom says:

    I bet all of the people who are offended are Trump supporters.