Jesse Williams delivered a super woke speech at the BET Awards on Sunday.
The actor and activist was rightfully presented with the Humanitarian award for his work in fighting for equal rights and his relentless support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
During his powerful acceptance speech, the actor spoke truthfully about the terrible treatment of black families and why it’s so important to speak up about the systemic racial issues that plague America.
“What’s gonna happen is we’re going to live in a country where we will restructure [white America’s] function and ours,” he told the audience before going on to further demand the respect for all black people. “The thing is… that just because we’re magic does not mean we’re not real.”
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At one point of his speech, Williams gave praise to black women who too often don’t receive the recognition they deserve for the responsibilities they often carry.
“Black women in particular… have dedicated their lifetime to nurturing everyone before themselves,” he said.
Williams also had a message to share with those who don’t always have the best interest for black people at heart.
“If you have no interest in the equal rights of black people, do not make suggestions for those who do,” he said. “Sit down.”