African-American actor Jesse Williams attracted national attention at the BET Awards last month as he accepted the BET Humanitarian Award. Williams launched into the racist black activist version of Authentic Frontier Gibberish, sending out sufficiently loud anti-white dog-whistles that he received a standing ovation from the throng. In response, a petition was placed on Change.org demanding that he be fired from his role on the inexplicably long running ABC medical drama “Grey’s Anatomy”:
“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”
The reference to “Burke’s character” ( Helpful Tip: When you are making a pitch in a petition, take the time to check your facts so people know what the heck you are talking about) was a reference to African-American actor Isaiah Washington, who was fired from his role as Dr. Preston Burke on “Grey’s Anatomy” in 2007 for using homophobic slurs in public, including The Golden Globes telecast, and on the show’s set.
Petitioning to have someone fired for their political opinions is an ethically-dubious enterprise at best, but the allegation of a double standard is apt, because it is a double-standard. The culture nourished by Barack Obama and his political-correctness obsessed regime accepts anti-white rants as legitimate and honorable, but holds the expressing of anti-gay sentiment as grounds for shunning and destruction. Writes professional gossip columnist, celebrity worshiper and silly person Perez Hilton:
“True, Isaiah Washington did ultimately get fired for saying hateful homophobic slurs — but comparing that to Williams’ uplifting speech about equality (that had everything to do with why he was on stage accepting his humanitarian award in the first place) doesn’t make much sense at all.”
Let’s clean that up a bit, shall we? Hilton, who is not only gay but incredibly gay, thinks that homophobic slurs are disgusting and therefore should forfeit the right to make a living, but anti-white diatribes are “uplifting,” so the comparison doesn’t make sense to him.
Here is what Williams said at the BET Awards; let’s see if you find it uplifting. I’ll interject the comments I might have shouted out during the speech had I been there and was willing to be pummeled to death, including notes, probably unnecessary, where Williams descends into Authentic Frontier Gibberish (AFG), social justice warrior dialect class:
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. [ That system that you claim was built to “impoversh” you has allowed you to make a high six-figure salary and have influence far beyond your actual acumen, experience or accomplishments.]
It’s kind of basic mathematics – the more we learn about who we are and how we got here, the more we will mobilize. [ AFG ]
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. [Awwww. This isknown as “sucking up.”]
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. [They also have to kill more white people than black people, but don’t let facts get in your way, Jesse. You’re rolling.]
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 old playing alone in the park in broad daylight, killing him on television and then going home to make a sandwich. [ Gee, what a fair and complete description of Rice’s death! I’d say “playing alone in the park with a realistic-looking toy gun without the mandated orange plastic cap on the barrel” would be a bit more accurate. I’d say the fact that the 12-year-old was 5 feet 7 inches, and 195 pounds is also part of the story as well as the fact that the dispatcher didn’t bother to tell the cops that he was a “kid” and that the gun he was brandishing “was probably a toy.” Has there been any evidence at all that Rice’s race had anything to do with his shooting? Oh, right, the cop was a white guy, so this had to be racism. Now, when I hear anyone make a statement like this, I stop listening, because it’s a tell: the speaker doesn’t care about the truth, and believes in presumed racism, which itself a racist attitude.] 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. [ Rekia Boyd was killed because a reckless off-duty cop fired a gun into a dark alley and killed her by accident. He was charged and tried, and got off due to a technicality, in a strange judicial ruling. The cop was a “man of color, ” but white enough to make this a racist shooting by Williams’ analysis.] Tell that to Eric Garner. [ The police weren’t trying to kill Eric Garner, and there is no evidence that racism was involved.] Tell that to Sandra Bland. [ Sandra Bland committed suicide.] Tell that to Dorian Hunt. [ Dorian Hunt was shot by a police officer last month in an incident now under investigation. Of course, you don’t need an investigation if you believe, like Williams does, that any time any African American is shot by a white police officer, it is per se a racist execution.]
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. [AFG]
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. [ About 50% of African Americans pay no Federal income tax, Jesse.] 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. [ Who is the “she” referenced here? ]
Now, freedom is always coming in the hereafter, but you know what, though, the hereafter is a hustle. We want it now. [AFG]
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. [AFG. Also garbage. Here’s a suggestion: Stick to the facts. Here’s another: Be responsible. Here’s one more: Keep talking like Karl Marx, and I’ll respect your opinions as much as I respect Karl Marx. A millionaire actor should know that talking about being “oppressed” makes him look like a fool, unless he is too much of a fool to comprehend that.]
We’ve been floating this country on credit for centuries, yo, 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. [ SUPER AFG. Wow.] The thing is though… the thing is that just because we’re magic doesn’t mean we’re not real. [Still more AFG. A reference to “the magic negro” cinema trope, presumably (think Morgan Freeman) with no actual coherent thought connected to it at all. Sounds goooood, though. Rarit!]
This is a racially hateful and socially divisive speech. That’s all it is. It is not “uplifting” to anyone but knee-jerk progressives who will cheer any black activist even if he begins speaking in tongues, and it is not responsible speech except to purveyors of double standards. It isn’t even coherent. Williams was spewing canned Black Lives Matter propaganda, as he has before. He has been even more irresponsible and dishonest in other statements, like in 2014, when he said this in reference to the Michael Brown shooting:
“I know plenty of white kids that steal stuff from convenience stores. There is this idea that every time a black person does something they automatically become a thug worthy of their own death. There’s a lot of young black men getting gunned down because people felt they were threatened. Unarmed boys who were supposedly threats because being a black man in this country is sometimes an act of aggression in itself. The rest of us are not treated like human beings. Period. That needs to be discussed. That is the story.”
Right, that’s the story, except that Mike Brown was not shot for stealing from a convenience store, but for aiming his 300+ body at a cop and charging after trying to take his gun. It was not his color that was threatening to the police officer, but his size, aggression, and demonstrated intent.
Okay, so Jesse Williams is a smug, none-too-bright, virulent anti-white bigot. That’s his right. It has nothing to do with how well he does his job of portraying Dr. Jackson Avery, unless cognitive dissonance causes audience members (most of the viewers making Williams rich are the white people he hates so much) to like the show less because it makes them watch an actor they know to be a hateful, loud-mouth asshole. It might. I can enjoy, for example, Alec Baldwin’s performance as Jimmy Doolittle in “Pearl Harbor,” even though I know that Doolittle would probably have punched his lights out, but watching Woody Allen dramedies about middle-aged romantic angst is just impossible for me, knowing that the author and director married one adopted daughter and probably molested another.
If “Grey’s Anatomy” is hurt by having Williams on the show because he’s an outspoken racist jerk, then that’s the reason to fire him, not because he spoke what he amusingly calls “his mind,” and not because of another Change.org petition.
I would like to get the names of everyone in the BET crowd that gave Williams’ hate-speech a standing O, though.