BY ADEDIWURA OKELEYE
Tongues haven’t stopped wagging since Jesse Williams made his moving acceptance speech for the Humanitarian Award he won at the 2016 BET Awards.
A number of people have called the speech racist and antagonistic and one of them, Erin Smith has launched a petition against the actor on Change.org, calling for his firing from popular medical drama series, Grey’s Anatomy. The petition has gotten about 18,000 signatures now. Jesse has been playing Dr Jackson Avery in the series for nearly 7 years.
Creator of Grey’s Anatomy, Shonda Rhimes is one of the fans of Williams’ BET speech as she tweeted her support for his words after the speech.
She has also come out on Twitter to say Jesse doesn’t need any petition to get fired as he isn’t going anywhere.
Unmoved by the growing number of signatures, Jesse called out those behind the petition on Twitter and said they didn’t make any valid point in their claim.
Read the petition below:
“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
**A special note to all the people making assumptions: Who said I was white? Who said I’m a Trump supporter? This is not about politics. This is about equal consequences for racist behavior. If this was an Asian, Mexican, Caucasian or whoever saying the same exact words as Jesse Williams did, I would be against it and petitioned them to be fired if they did not suffer the same consequences as others have suffered for their irrational behavior. We’re all human. Why not act that way? Instead of lashing out with immature and obnoxious name calling, do something about getting everyone to look at everyone in the same light. Make a difference!”