Jesse Williams on American Racism at the BET Awards

“If you have no interest in equal rights for black people, then do not make suggestions to those who do. Sit down.”

Jesse Williams, Grey’s Anatomy actor and social activist, gave a riveting speech on the injustices of racism at last night’s BET Awards where he was honored as humanitarian of the year. The standing ovation he received was much deserved given the passionate and eloquent nature of his acceptance speech, which invoked the memory of Tamir Rice, Eric Garner and Rekia Boyd among others whose lives were lost to police brutality and racially-charged incidents over the past few years.

He said:

“This is for the real organizers all over the country. The activists, the civil rights attorneys, the struggling parents, the families, the teachers of students that are realizing that a system built to divide and impoverish and destroy us cannot stand if we do.”

His speech was a reminder that there is still a significant amount of work to be done for racial equality in the United States. Be sure to check out the full thing here.