I don’t usually watch the BET Awards, and I still feel some kind of way after some of the skits last night, but none of that compares to Jesse Williams accepting the Humanitarian of the Year Award.
I can’t watch of anything and pay full attention but when something grabs my attention in that manner…
“The more we learn about who we are and how we got here, the more we will mobilize,” is the line that struck me first, because I had been discussing this all weekend.
He went on to say, “Now, this is also in particular for the black women in particular who have spent their lifetimes dedicated to nurture and everyone before themselves. We can and will do better for you.”
Ok, Jesse so what’s up? Now I’ve stopped putting away clothes and I’m sitting at the end of the bed at attention.
It seemed like his demeanor eased and he felt a little more confident to say what he really came to say. Before coming on stage when the camera had zoomed in on him, he looked almost uncomfortable but with a possibility of being on the verge of dropping one of the coldest flows and in many ways to me he almost did.
From there Jesse went in on police brutality and statistics, remembering Tamir Rice’s video which was also this past weekend, saying the names of other high profile victims. He took a minute to address the entertainers calling them out for being materialistic and not being as socially responsible as they could be.
“Now, freedom is always coming in the hereafter but, you know what tho, the hereafter is a hustle. We want it now.” Yass, I think that line ignited anyone who really understands the struggle. I’m thinking to myself, Jesse wasn’t supposed to say all this, but Jesse actually kind of swung his shoulder about at this point, like “What’s up though? It’s time,” as he delved deeper telling critics to sit down. But it was the last part of Jesse’s speech where he brought home,
“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. The thing is tho, the thing is, that just because we’re magic doesn’t mean we’re not real. Thank you.”
Personally, I was overwhelmed with emotion. I had already googled and saw Jesse is only two years older than me, yet the wisdom and knowledge he spoke so passionately with seemed well beyond our years. He let the secret out on tv. WE ARE MAGIC. Before I saw someone post it, in my mind, I was already thinking “He should have ran for president.” This morning, I still feel the same. Jesse Williams for president. Would he be willing to run? Have you ever saw so many Black millennials watch something and immediately agree ok, that’s the one. He can lead us. I hope someone reads this post and tells Jesse we’re ready. What do we need to do? He took the awards to a new level last night, like we’re standing in the trenches waiting on his order right now. We already agree anyone but Trump, but I don’t care how many high profile Blacks back Hillary, I don’t trust her. I don’t about everyone else, but I’ve been seriously wondering how these next four years will go. I didn’t spend the last six years of my life working on my dreams and myself (becoming a better person) to only revert backwards. We need someone forward thinking. Say the word Jesse, and we’re with you.
Were you inspired by Jesse’s speech as well? I’d love to know what you thought. Contact me below.