Jesse Williams on Michael Dunn Case: ‘This is Not a Black Problem, This is a White Problem’

Grey’s Anatomy’s star Jesse Williams has taken every opportunity to speak out on matters that are important to him, and this time, he’s not taking what’s going on in the Michael Dunn trial sitting down.

On Thursday he spoke with HLN’s Jane Velez-Mitchell about his outrage over the trial where Dunn stands accused of killing a Black teen over loud music in his car in November 2012.

On Saturday, the jury continued deliberations in the Duval County Courthouse in Jacksonville, Fla. Dunn is charged with first-degree murder, three counts of first-degree attempted murder, and one count of shooting or throwing a deadly missile.

“This is a tradition in this country when people are able to go ahead and kill Black people because they got sassed, because we were inconvenienced, and we become a victim of a fantasy,” Williams said.

“It is not a Black problem. It is a white problem. This is an American problem. This is a societal problem where people should be outraged when a man is able to instigate an interaction with kids and then shoot them when it doesn’t go well,” he continued. “It should be an outrage for everybody.”

“Feeling threatened is not the same thing as being threatened,” Williams said. “We have to keep fighting to be heard and to be treated as human beings. This is not close, this case. This guy is a sociopath. He goes to jail. Next.”

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