“We’ve dedicated our lives to get 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”
Last night during the airing of the 2016 BET awards, one of the most important speeches thus far was heard by the ears of people that needed to hear it and spoken out of the mouths that we wouldn’t normally expect it to come from.
After receiving the 2016 Humanitarian Award for his philanthropy and dedication to the youth of black culture, actor Jesse Williams took that very moment and selflessly made it about his people. Our people.
His candid approach left such an impact on both the audience present and the ones watching at home. It was a moment of truth. A moment of clarity. A moment that we as a people needed.
“The burden of the brutalized is not to comfort the bystander.”
They always find a way to antagonize and then victimize themselves as if they’ve done nothing wrong. They throw the rock and hide their hands.
Many many people talk about it but it’s time for us to do something about it. It starts with acknowledgement.
Knowing that the awards took over almost all of Viacom’s channels such as MTV, BET, NICK Centric and so on, we just hope that the children have questions. We hope that as parents, everything in that speech was broken down in a way for our kids to understand.
Now since last night, all of the YouTube footage of the speech has been removed by Viacom (we don’t know exactly why but we can take a good guess) but you can check it out here. Please take 5 minutes to watch and really listen to this speech. It’s probably one of the most powerful speeches of millennial time that represent the day in age in which we live, right now.
In case you missed it, please tune in to the conversation below. Jesse stopped by Shade 45 a few weeks ago to shed light on BET’s latest special titled “Stay Woke: Black Lives Matter”: