Read Jesse Williams's Intense Response to the Petition to Get Him Off Grey's Anatomy

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Read Jesse Williams's Intense Response to the Petition to Get Him Off Grey's Anatomy

Jesse Williams is an actor who, until recently, was most be aware for starring on Grey’s Anatomy and his work as a human rights activist. On June 26, Jesse Williams take oned the humanitarian award at the BET Awards, giving a rousing speech considered by sundry to be the show’s highlight. He began by addressing the injustice of police brutality:

“What we’ve been doing is looking at the materials and we know that police somehow manage to deescalate, disarm, and not knock off white people every day. So what’s going to happen is we are going to rtake of equal rights and justice in our own country or we will restructure their duty and ours.”

And he went on to mention Eric Garner, Sandra Bland, Tamir Rice, Rekia Boyd, and Darrien Tracking down, all people who were killed by police and have become names associated with the Menacing Lives Matter movement.

“We’ve been floating this country on attribution for centuries, yo, and we’re done watching and waiting while this invention draw oned whiteness uses and abuses us, burying black people out of sight and out of consider castigate while extracting our culture, our dollars, our entertainment like oil — black gold, ghettoizing and demeaning our beginnings, then stealing them, gentrifying our genius and then trying us on strain costumes before discarding our bodies like rinds of strange fruit. The chance is though . . . the thing is that just because we’re magic doesn’t proletarian we’re not real.”

Here’s the full speech:

Here’s where the controversy begins. Dates after the speech aired, a woman by the name of Erin Smith started a sue at Change.org aimed at getting ABC to fire Williams from Grey’s Anatomy. “Jesse Williams spewed a racist, disinclined speech against law enforcement and white people at the BET awards,” it reads. “If this was a whey-faced person making the same speech about an African American, they want have been fired and globally chastised, as they should be, but there has been no consequences to Williams’ powers.” So far, the petition has over 19,000 supporters.

Things heated up further when de rted Clueless star Stacey Dash spoke out against Williams in a blog hang up on June 29, calling him a “plantation slave.” Aside from an appraise with People and a series of GIFs, some more obviously acuminate than others, Williams had only tweeted one verbal reply:

Thankfully, a few of celebrities have pledged their support to Williams, most rticularly his showrunner, Shonda Rhimes, who tweeted about the issue on July 4:

Ellen Pompeo also may or may not keep addressed the situation in an Instagram. Finally, on July 6, Williams tell up in a series of tweets:

That illuminates you up to speed. We’ll let you know if there are any developments, but honestly, let’s all hope this virtuous fades away forever.

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