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  1. Terry Diggs says:

    I love listening to this bubba.

  2. I wouldn't call this a "rant", he's simply speaking truth. I never heard of this guy, but more celebs need to speak the truth like this guy to counter the Charles Barkley's, Pharrell's and these so called "new blacks" aka house negroes.

  3. Mike Forester says:

    Excellent

  4. His is AMAZINGLY bright, accessible, and confident. A great role model!

  5. His is AMAZINGLY bright, accessible, and confident. A great role model!

  6. Chrissy K Harris says:

    Well this was on point.

  7. Jamaal Jones says:

    He made the most of his time in front of that camera to speak his mind in a manner that many are paid to do but simply lack the tools or will to do.

  8. Wajet Roberts says:

    I studied film so that I could create a studio and films where we wouldn't have 'schuck and jive'. Hollywood is a closed door and they're not letting anyone who doesn't future their agenda in. So we have to do it on our own.

  9. Wajet Roberts says:

    Those that think this is a rant can't hear him. They should be taken off the 'assembly line' and thrown in the 'reject' pile.

  10. Nettrice TheDr Gaskins says:

    "Fully capable, have all the tools that are necessary to move shit.
    forward and step up to people around them. Do you choose to use it or.
    not? you know, half my family's white, and half of them might get it.
    and half of them might not. it's also hard to relate to things you.
    can't relate to. by the way, you don't live around black folks and you.
    just watch tv, you're going to be racist. you're going to be racist."

  11. Nettrice TheDr Gaskins says:

    "Fully capable, have all the tools that are necessary to move shit.
    forward and step up to people around them. Do you choose to use it or.
    not? you know, half my family's white, and half of them might get it.
    and half of them might not. it's also hard to relate to things you.
    can't relate to. by the way, you don't live around black folks and you.
    just watch tv, you're going to be racist. you're going to be racist."

  12. Judi Beale says:

    Speaking truth to power. He is an intelligent man and my hero. People should listen to him.

  13. Hey Atlanta Black Star – at least respect Jesse Williams enough to get his name spelled right IN THE TAGS SECTION. It's not Jessie; it's Jesse. Well said, beautifully articulated.

  14. Grey's Anatomy Star

  15. Read his review of Django. Fascinating.

  16. Michelle Wenderlich says:

    This is GREAT. Although: giving props to Jared Diamond for Guns Germs and Steele is NOT the most well chosen example for this (but how he uses it, i.e. there are a lot of coincidences that led to the success of European colonialism, it's not about cultural supremacy, is good, but I think that's a very generous reading of the book.) If people are interested:
    http://www.unm.edu/~dcorreia/David_Correia/Research_files/Correia_F**K_CNS.pdf

  17. Mona Paquet says:

    I truly hope we can. I think the first step is to get our brothers and sisters to stop supporting all of these movies told in the perspective of white privilege. If I get another "The Help" "The Blind Side"ect, I'm going to blow. We need to get our brothers and sisters to stop supporting all these movies that don't have a single black or colored actor. We need to get our brothers and sisters to stop standing behind movies that are constantly painting us as villains and monsters. We need productions that care more about us than making us appear angry and gold digging and whitewashed. Then from there we can start supporting independent black directors. Independent black studios. This is not going to stop until millions of us stop riding the bus for 381 days aka stop watching these white film productions and show them how much of a loss our patronage is.

  18. Thank you for fixing that fast! Good lookin' out!

  19. Jules Ilikeanani says:

    On point. He is an excellent man.

  20. Daniel Stone says:

    This article and video would be infinitely more helpful to share if it wasn't labelled a "rant."

  21. Actually, right off the bat this guy is wrong. Racism increases when people live around blacks. Those who get their ideas from TV are less racist, thus white flight occurs not from TV but as a response to increased violence which happens as blacks move into a neighborhood. MAO-A is the answer. Genes shape behavior.

  22. Thoughtful, on point and very well said!

  23. Oris Buckner IV says:

    The entire concept and platform of contemporary are was created to uplift the white community is true! In fact, if any filmmaker believes "actual progress" can be achieved through enduring white suffering is ridiculous. Take India for example their films gross much more than our White hollywood and that is because they've decided to only care about their people and community. Often to many times our perspectives and shaping of content as a racial culture of artist borrows/leans on contemporary white influence. Deny their OSCARS, GRAMMY'S, TONY'S and believe in ourselves instead of that garbage. I m still pissed off that 12 yrs as a slave actors and production team accepted awards. Bottom line for me is why must we care as artist who watches or uplifts our media/art because at the end of the day we have to come to bond with our selves and works of art.

  24. Oris Buckner IV says:

    The entire concept and platform of contemporary are was created to uplift the white community is true! In fact, if any filmmaker believes "actual progress" can be achieved through enduring white suffering is ridiculous. Take India for example their films gross much more than our White hollywood and that is because they've decided to only care about their people and community. Often to many times our perspectives and shaping of content as a racial culture of artist borrows/leans on contemporary white influence. Deny their OSCARS, GRAMMY'S, TONY'S and believe in ourselves instead of that garbage. I m still pissed off that 12 yrs as a slave actors and production team accepted awards. Bottom line for me is why must we care as artist who watches or uplifts our media/art because at the end of the day we have to come to bond with our selves and works of art.

  25. Oris Buckner IV says:

    The entire concept and platform of contemporary are was created to uplift the white community is true! In fact, if any filmmaker believes "actual progress" can be achieved through enduring white suffering is ridiculous. Take India for example their films gross much more than our White hollywood and that is because they've decided to only care about their people and community. Often to many times our perspectives and shaping of content as a racial culture of artist borrows/leans on contemporary white influence. Deny their OSCARS, GRAMMY'S, TONY'S and believe in ourselves instead of that garbage. I m still pissed off that 12 yrs as a slave actors and production team accepted awards. Bottom line for me is why must we care as artist who watches or uplifts our media/art because at the end of the day we have to come to bond with our selves and works of art.

  26. James Jean says:

    This was that great that my heart is about to suddenly give at 31….but first, let me watch it a few more times….

  27. Ron Jones says:

    Agree. And it isn't just about white privilege, either. It's that and more.

  28. This isn't a rant at all, but the absolute truth. I've heard him speak on white supremacy/racism before. It wouldn't surprise me if he was fired from "Grey's anatomy" from doing so. Of course, they'd "find" some other reason for firing him.

  29. Sandra Goodick says:

    White privilege. Not white supremacy. Whites are not supreme. Jesse Williams is brilliant and he speaks truth.

  30. M.Dee says:

    How exactly is this a rant? He is spit firing truth every half second and is completely composed throughout all of it. That's the exact opposite of a rant.

  31. Dean Stump says:

    It's interesting to watch this after seeing the emails written by Sony execs. The people who make the movies with the black thugs are the same people who kiss Obama's ass at $30,000/plate dinners.
    What we've learned from the hacking is these enlightened Hollywood types wrote jokes about Obama and Django/12 Years a Slave/The Butler. Of the 17 people at Sony that make over $1 million/year there is one woman. There are co-presidents at Columbia Pictures and the woman makes $1 million/year less than the man. Denzel Washington shouldn't star in movies because he's black, Angelina Jolie is crazy (OK, that one is true), Kevin Hart is a whore because he wants a lot of money and on and on.
    Jesse makes a comment about Republicans and brown people. He should take a long look at the liberal Democrats.

  32. John C. Bronzo says:

    Some of what he says is insightful and true. Some of it I can't comment on because I can't ever understanding it (being myself a white person and thus not having access to experience as a black person). Unfortunately much of what he says is not only factually inaccurate, but also demonstrates a remarkably simplistic (mis)understanding of history, sociology, culture and macro-economics. A few things he says are also downright silly and counterproductive (particularly vis-a-vis violence and stealing).

  33. Dimitry Michann says:

    Excellent points

  34. Puj Adusumilli says:

    You claim what he says is wrong, and you don't provide a counter? In the realm of logic that is called "stupidity."

    He is absolutely correct about essentially everything he said.

  35. John C. Bronzo says:

    Puj Adusumilli, [sigh] in the realm of logic it isn't called anything because logic doesn't deal with argumentation. It is verbal and mental mathematics, also understood as the study of valid (and as you so aptly demonstrate) invalid reasoning. If you mean not providing a "counter" is "stupidity" in the realm of argumentation, you would at least be in the right vicinity- although still sadly incorrect and far too simplistic. As in any arena, the decision not to counter can stem from any number of causes. One could be incompetence. That incompetence could stem from "stupidity" or more appropriately put, some form of intellectual deficiency. The source of incompetence could also be poor training, distraction, disinterest, laziness, etc. Or, the decision to not make a specific counter could be because I simply don't care enough to shred his mistakes with relative ease for an audience that largely consists of sycophants and mewling fanboys such as yourself who are incapable of indepndent thought or analysis. In the realm of logic, those of us who actually know what we're talking about call that an inability to reason. Irrational is another apropos description. Perhaps if someone were to politely engage me with an honest interest in developing a dialogue or reaching a greater mutual understanding, I would take the time. You, however, are unworthy on several counts: first, your immediate reliance on ad hominem attacks reveals a person unequipped to argue on the merits; second, your reflexive and vitriolic reaction to my comment- which was in no way offensive or even particularly severe- demonstrates an immature, irrational, and almost superstitious devotion to your beliefs- not unlike the religious zealots who condemned scientists for new ideas because change was frightening. You are no different- an ignorant, frightened, sheep, threatened by unfamiliar ideas and violent in response to exposure to them. You've just chosen a different religion- and apparently he is one of your preachers. A word of advice- if you're going to venture into the realm of public debate, I would suggest you come properly equipped (namely with an open mind and an interest in learning). As of now, you're really not representing Duke University very well at all. One last thought- if Mr. Williams is so correct, if his arguments are so presumptively true, why does he need a little pantomime like yourself to puff up your feathers and get needlessly indignant? I think you're a little threatened.

  36. Puj Adusumilli says:

    John C. Bronzo You've done a fine job dissecting a completely worthless aspect of this discussion in showing that I should not be referring to logic, but rather to argumentation. You make a great deal of ad hominem attacks against myself, and you essentially are telling me in your roundabout, eloquent ways that I'm "too dumb to understand you" even if you were to address real issues, which is your way of copping out. You've still done nothing to show on an ARGUMENTATIVE level why Williams is wrong, so I will buttress his case instead of wasting my time as you have done.

    First, If you have some understanding of the nature of violence (read Violence, James Gilligan) in our society, then you would know that, as ridiculous as you may believe his claim about the double standard between Michael Brown and police using force, there is a culture of violence encouraged within our system of law enforcement because of the lack of accountability that officers face when they kill civilians, this is demonstrated historically with police killings of minorities from Amadou Diallou to Eric Garner. Therefore, he's completely justified in attacking our notion of violence in society because it is skewed toward allowing its misuse by the people who have a monopoly of force (not saying police should not have a monopoly of force, but in America it's a monopoly of force compounded by a lack of accountability). Second, your view of his statement about stealing is pretty pathetic, he is likening petty theft to the complete manipulation of the system done by the economic elite who trashed the system for everyone else because of their personal greed. So you are right, petty theft is not equitable to what people on wall street have done, but the point he is trying to make is that we jump on the fact that Michael Brown was a criminal when justifying what was done to him, when the very internal workings of our economic system are rife with corruption and far worse "theft" (as a metaphor), yet we have no knowledge of any of these things because our society/media is selective as to what it gives attention to. He's showing how our society has a disproportionate and ridiculous condemnation of minority "thugs" who commit crimes in spite of the far more impactful shady activity that goes on elsewhere. Those are the only two examples of his "inaccurate" arguments that you have stated to take up agains, so that's all I shall address.

    Also, your whole point about how I'm an immature, ignorant fool, who you would engage in debate if I had come licking at your feet saying "oh, Dear John C. Bronzo! Please sir enlighten me about your grand knowledge of the universe!" is pretty idiotic. You encouraged this by making a grand statement claiming all sorts of big boy things about macroeconomics, culture, and sociology, and you do not support a single one of them, so in the end, I am not "puffing" my feathers for some blind ideological cause, but I'm legitimately calling you out for being inconsistent argumentatively. Thus I am perfectly ok calling someone who attempts to be deceptively intelligent (via your big boy words and sagacious way of spewing) stupid. If it makes you feel better about yourself to attribute my passion to my juvenile stupidity, have at it.

  37. Imagine the possibility. Of what we could do as a community. If we banded together. Against all "weather." The storms we all feel. Could be squashed with the real. People who care. And those who dare. To fight against an inhumane system. And use God's wisdom. Of caring for those. Who are drowning in woes. To stand up and fight. For all those right. Any time of day. In a human way. A force to be reckoned with. Rather than pleading the fifth. Acting blind. To those denied being treated in kind. Just use your soul. To be in the know. You know what I'm saying. It's time to quit playing.

  38. "My Mind From the Inside".
    Trying to bring people together isn't easy when they have different views. Due to believing false news. Malicious rumors. Filling voids within hearts. Taking away abilities to make new starts. Making the mind almost explode. With hypocritical, hate taught codes. People not reaching out. Makes me want to shout. For an understanding. Worth reprimanding. It's time for a unified revolution. And time to quit waiting for a solution. Take a stance. Start the dance. Of making America see. How beautiful it can be. There's a lot at stake. For God's sake. Step up and make new ties. What you'll find may be a surprise. No one said it would be easy. But, to not step up, is just plain cheesy. Stupidity on all sides. Busting with maladjusted prides. Do an internal reflection. For a new kind of detection. To feel others minds. In all kinds of people. Quit being sheeple. Reach a high ground. For an awesome sound. Internally. Think of the possibilities. Stop fronting. Just step up and do something. ~ Author Me.

  39. "More From My Mind" (Not a poem. It's straight up truth).

    Black people are not allowed to be who they are. Who they are publicly is depicted by higher positions. If you are not black you usually won't hear this side of the story. My goal is to slowly get people to see the black perspective. Yes, I know I'm not black. However, I have done something most white people will not do. I chose to listen and not judge. I chose to study and not believe the lies. I chose to open my mind to a level most will not be willing to open their mind to because there is already so much BS going on in the world why add to what you know. I am tired of seeing only what is being presented. There are so many things unknown by most. In order to get people to understand, I have to get them to open up to seeing it from a black mind. It is very easy to do once you learn to actually LOVE black people and decide to learn them instead of what you perceive as truth. I just want who they are really understood. The hate has to stop. If you truly were to embrace the black community. You would be shocked. From what we are taught as white people. It is mostly bad. But, if you can move yourself past that. There is so much love in the black community. You have no idea what you are missing. Black people are deep, loving, caring, and extremely loyal people. They will die for who they love. They will have no fear in having your back. They are freaking awesome people. You just have to be willing to love them and let them know you are actually there for them. Saying, I have black friends, family, etc. don't mean nothing if your words and actions don't match. They aren't stupid they can tell when the love is genuine.

  40. IMPORTANT: You have to read this thoroughly for it to make sense. You have to actually use your mind to open up and let it in to see it. If you block it out, It will not make sense. It's easy to get my words twisted if you don't. This is a post I decided to make regarding many posts over the new Exodus movie to try and guide in understanding the posts that I saw. This is not to change black people minds.

    I'm sorry. I was reading through the comments initially just to look at opinions, like I usually do to learn from people. I can't keep my mouth shut no more because this is ridiculous. Why do black people always have to make it about them? To answer this you have to step out of your "white" mind and into a "black" mind. You can't do that you say. Oh, that's a dilemma. Let me tell you how to solve this. For a minute, please humor me. Let's pretend that we are doing a movie on the people that landed here on American soil. You with me so far? Okay. Now, let's say the movie shows these AA people landing on the American soil and colonizing and then slaughtering the Indians. Okay. You still with me? Now, Let's have these AA people bring over white slaves and the movie shows a whole documentary type movie on AA people treating white slaves the way they do throughout history. You following me? Now, Let's have your children watch this. Let's teach your children this is how it was. Let's teach your children how your people suffered because of those "pesky mean old AA slave holders." Now, your children will feel the pain of this knowledge. It will haunt them every time an AA makes a bad remark to them or judges them. By taking IMPORTANT characters in history and changing their color you are taking away a part of their history that they can be PROUD of. You are taking away their abilities to show their children what their people used to be. How in the hell can anyone expect a whole race of people to rise out of the state of mind they were forced into if they can't even claim where they come from without a big hissy fit about it being so wrong. Why do they make it about them? Because they are forced still to make it about them. Let them claim what was taken don't try and continually say they don't have a right. They have just as much right to their history as we do. They do not have to settle for their whole history as being a slave or someone pictured as dancing around in Africa naked (FYI I know this part is a not a proper depiction of African people. It is what the media makes us think all Africans are like.) If what I said here doesn't get through to you for what happens when you take something that important away from someone. Nothing will.

  41. Just Food For Thought: If Race Cards, Race Baiting, Race anything upsets you do NOT read this post. It may make you mad and make you think I am trying to excuse any recent behaviors seen in the media. I'm not. People that know me know that ain't what drives me.

    You have to step back from your "white" vision of it and look at it from the outside. AA have not been out of slavery that long. Yes, because of our age it seems like it has been. However, you have to look at the facts. I'm going to line them up for you. 1. White people changed the bible and doing that they outwardly show even now (because you don't see black Jesuses popping up all over) that they can't even stand to be honest about what color even Jesus is. 2. Rich White people (government) who were originally in the US wanted to look like they were saviors to their colonies, so they got "the bright idea" to get slaves shipped over here to reduce the workload on their people instead of them doing the work their damn selves. 3. When they brought them over (black and white irish slaves), they had to convince the colonies that what they were doing was right. How did they do that? They taught that they were property. No different than the cattle that you slaughter or use to til the land. 4. When the civil war happened, them rich people didn't like that because they lost their free labor that they were getting paid for. They made it even harder on black people by segregating stuff just to maintain the illusion that they were still worthless even though they were free. 5. Many of the people from that time period are just now recently dying or may be still alive. They taught their children this hatred. The black people know this hatred was still being taught. They see it in how they are treated. The crap gets passed down because of it being taught repeatedly. 6. White people that are not raised to know this and are not taught to be racist sometimes end up racist because they see black people upset over it. It gets restarted this way too. 7. White people are able to live in their own perfect little bubble and do not have to be subjected to this side of our lives. Yes, we may have to put up with crap. We may have some unfair stuff happen, but it isn't the same. You are dealing with crap that would happen naturally even if racism never existed. They are dealing with crap that would happen without racism and with racism. Yes, there are black racists too. This does not negate the fact that on a wide scale black people deal with more crap due to what has been passed down. (Do NOT think I mean all whites or all blacks in any of my referencing. It was to make general points.) 3D Na' Tee "Who Can We Run To" Powerful video: Warning of nudity.

  42. America: In a Nutshell.
    People claiming to escape from tyrannical rule finding a land they want to claim in order to start over. Finding out there are indigenous people on the land they want to claim. Using weapons that these indigenous people do not have against them in order to impose the same tyrannical rule over them that they claimed to be running from. They force these people into small places that may as well be considered concentration camps because they lack the power to sustain their previous life. The new people start colonizing and taking over this land that they infiltrated and start teaching their children all of these stories on how their country is getting built from the ground up and how their leaders are oh so awesome in this achievement invoking patriotism for them to pass on. Meanwhile, ignoring and misguiding them as to the horror stories that led to their success dumbing it down to sound more heroic. The colonies are growing and they have to produce more resources to maintain life. The people in power find ways to "import livestock" (slaves Irish then African American) to help with sustaining their needs to lower the workload on the colonists and make those in power appear to be the glorified thinkers who come up with a way to make life easier. They become accustomed to this way of life and treat the people they believe are lesser than them in horrible ways. Certain people that aren't in the ranks of slaves disagreed with how these people who are supposed to be lesser than them are getting treated. They start secretly teaching them how to read and write and how to think based off of ways that are different from where they originated from. As these efforts secretly grew and these people who were valued as lesser than human starting realizing that they should not be treated this way and realizing that it couldn't go on. A ripple effect started happening across the land towards a new mentality, but those who loved feeling superior despised this new growing trend and tried to stop it. In the end humanity won out and the people were freed. They were left with what? A battle to be seen on equal footing even though they were free. Who was hurt by this new integration status? Rich ex-slave owners who no longer had free labor to do their work for which they were used to getting paid for. Who has power to pull government strings? People with financial power. Since this is face book I can't do a whole book here, but if you care more about my opinion or you disagree and want to give me sources to "correct" my thinking if you believe I'm wrong have at it. I will listen to other views since it's my favorite pass time. My point is this is what has led up to what we deal with today and is still what we are dealing with. Rich people who are able to pull government strings and we are their money making slaves. All of us.

  43. Please read my posts from the first to the last. It all is connected. Please let me know what you think. Thank you.

  44. Mae Wallace says:

    I feel for this poor man who has allowed himself to be brain washed to believe everything imperfect in his life needs to be blamed on white people. How about being responsible for his own actions? Black people need to put forth the effort and will see results. I personally know black executives and business owners. They put in a lot of hard work and got education and are successful. They do not act "ghetto." That is their CHOICE. I know black people who grew up in the projects in Cleveland but put effort into NOT BEING GHETTO. They learned in school not because of anything other than their drive to better themselves. Some black people love their separatism. United Negro College Fund is a great example. They can apply and get scholarships from any "white" scholarship but I CANNOT EVEN APPLY TO UNCF BECAUSE I AM NOT BLACK. Stop blaming ME for your problems just because I am white. This man just is a trouble starter. He seems to want to push for hatred of whites. Instead of being full of hate how about putting in the effort and making something of yourself?

  45. Mae Wallace says:

    #2– Rich white government??? What COLOR is the American PRESIDENT???

  46. Mae Wallace I'm referring to history Mae. Not current.

  47. Mae Wallace I'm referring to history Mae. Not current.

  48. Mae Wallace I'm referring to history Mae. Not current.

  49. Mae Wallace says:

    Not all dark skinned people in America are descendants of slaves. Many come from tropical areas and have never had slavery in their history. A little history lesson: White people were enslaved by the dark skinned Egyptians to build the pyramids. Black people were not enslaved then. So now should I demand that the citizens of Egypt hand me a life of priviledge because I am white and may or may not be descended from those white slaves??? No, I need to work for what I have and put in the same effort as anyone else and be responsible for my actions. I am sick of the "oh, poor me. I have dark skin. I should have the world handed to me on a platter not because I earned it, but just because sometime in history I may or may not be related to someone who was mistreated." Quit feeling sorry for yourself and educate yourself and work to be a better person.

  50. Mae Wallace says:

    Not all dark skinned people in America are descendants of slaves. Many come from tropical areas and have never had slavery in their history. A little history lesson: White people were enslaved by the dark skinned Egyptians to build the pyramids. Black people were not enslaved then. So now should I demand that the citizens of Egypt hand me a life of priviledge because I am white and may or may not be descended from those white slaves??? No, I need to work for what I have and put in the same effort as anyone else and be responsible for my actions. I am sick of the "oh, poor me. I have dark skin. I should have the world handed to me on a platter not because I earned it, but just because sometime in history I may or may not be related to someone who was mistreated." Quit feeling sorry for yourself and educate yourself and work to be a better person.

  51. Mae Wallace says:

    Not all dark skinned people in America are descendants of slaves. Many come from tropical areas and have never had slavery in their history. A little history lesson: White people were enslaved by the dark skinned Egyptians to build the pyramids. Black people were not enslaved then. So now should I demand that the citizens of Egypt hand me a life of priviledge because I am white and may or may not be descended from those white slaves??? No, I need to work for what I have and put in the same effort as anyone else and be responsible for my actions. I am sick of the "oh, poor me. I have dark skin. I should have the world handed to me on a platter not because I earned it, but just because sometime in history I may or may not be related to someone who was mistreated." Quit feeling sorry for yourself and educate yourself and work to be a better person.

  52. Mae Wallace I'm not feeling sorry for myself. I am trying to work on bridging a gap. I am trying to get people to understand feelings. To reach out to an understanding. It isn't as much about specifics as it is about what is felt. I'm in nursing school I am working to be a better person, but I also think trying to bring people together and reach a deeper understanding of each other would be better too. I'm trying to find a way. But, it will take more than me to do this. I'm not fussing at you either. A dialogue is good. It's a start.

  53. BTW he is an actor on Grey's Anatomy and before that he was a history teacher. Not arguing just letting you know.

  54. John C. Bronzo says:

    Puj Adusumilli , you're precious. I'm sure it's nice for you to comfort yourself with the notion that I'm copping out. It probably wouldn't occur to you that I might be amusing myself. In all seriousness, however, you're judged by your words and actions. Your initial comment was pretty sub-par so I'm not sure what you would expect. Especially when my initial comment was perfectly reasonable, perhaps not something you agree with, but certainly reasonable. If you have that strong of a reaction to a reasonable statement because YOU disagree with it, it is a sign of mental and emotional weakness, irrationality (which you continue to display), and a general need to compensate (what for I cannot say). As for my alleged ad hominem attacks against you, they were no such thing. Let's review: I made a general comment, you attacked me personally with no knowledge of who I am, where I come from, or what the substance of my argument was (rather than just asking for an elaboration and expressing disagreement like a thoughtful, honest human being would), I attacked your behavior in response. That is quite a large distinction. I attacked your behavior, not you as a person, and what I attacked was evidenced by your own words. You responded to me like a petulant child outraged at having ideas you hold sacred questioned. You continue to do so. I understand that distinction may be lost on you, but it exists nonetheless, and I would encourage you to go back and read carefully so you can see what I am talking about. With respect to the "inconsistency" you claim exists in my arguments, do you now know what that word means? Nothing in my arguments is inconsistent. There is no internal contradiction. They may not be elaborated upon, but that is different than inconsistency. You also misrepresent (another classically juvenile tactic) my tone. I made it quite clear that I would engage anyone interested in honest, reasonable debate in the same way. Nowhere did I even remotely suggest that anyone needed to beg me for anything. And your mischaracterization of my words is totally dishonest, and frankly quite shameful. You continue to do yourself and those with whom you associate a grave disservice. Now, as for the substance of Mr. Williams' comment, let me be explicitly clear: I will not reward your continued poor attitude with any sort of thoughtful engagement. That being said, if you or anyone else is interested in civil dialogue, I will be happy to offer more of my thoughts on the matter. My suggestion that you might learn something is not meant as a condescending jab; it stems from the idea that people who come from different perspectives might teach each other. You, however, seem uninterested in learning, uninterested in an honest exchange. Only the fool thinks he has nothing to learn. And before you criticize me for allegedly "not wanting to learn" ask yourself why I would venture into a space overwhelmingly occupied by individuals unlikely to share my views. I came to learn. You are disrupting that process, and as a result I am continuing to call you out on it. That's what's happening here. By the way, citing James Gilligan as any form of authority whatsoever on the nature of violence at large is highly problematic because the entirety of his experience is informed by a very, very narrow sect of violence- namely interactions driven by the modern U.S. prison system. While many of his analyses are interesting and thought-provoking, as well as being a thorough (if not entirely unbiased) look at that particular form of violence, they lack greater perspective. I would direct you towards much more seminal works such as The Will to Power.

  55. Sam Bobinski says:

    I love the last bit on change. This guy rules.

  56. Jennifer Splenda Idokogi says:

    Yeah… Calling this a "rant"'only makes him look like another angry black man

  57. Terry Gingo McClinton says:

    Good. .I'm going to puke. Really. .who gives a dick. You're killing the power behind any of this worth all the f'n whining…
    Ever had your kid whine on about something not being fair? Why are white people defensive? Because EVERYONE OF THEM IS DEEMED As A RACIST! Fact! Supported by data. Do you know what this "movement" is doing? It's turning the good white people (oh shit there are? ) against this BS..and black people militant. All people have the potential to suck. Do you think there aren't poor white people.? This is BS. Handle your own. .that fucking simple. The Republican party? Hahaha. ..pathetic.

  58. I agree, the main reason so many blacks are feeling like victims today is because they teach this hate toward white generation after generation. instead of looking at how far we all have come, they rather focus on victimization. Not all white people ara silver spoon in their mouth or have it easy. Also, there are many many movies and TV shows with whites playing the ghetto boys. Blacks are not the people in Hollywood playing these parts. He is just trying to focus on more hate. There are so many black people who have done the hard work to get ahead and have so many opportunities. Some even more than white, because they are black and if they do not get a job, or anything over a white person, they are screaming racism. I have found there to be more hate and racism among the black community than the white in the last 10 years. I think because we have come so far and blacks are now seeing they have nothing more to complain about, they are scared. They are afraid to stop and enjoy how far they have come. We have a black president that was voted in by mostly white people. But this is not good enough, so Jesse Williams and many others feel they need to keep whining about their victimization. If any human pulls out a knife and goes toward a cop or go for a cops gun, they are going to have to deal with their actions. It is not ok to attack or attempt to attack a cop and expect him to know you meant no harm when it is clear you are meaning some form of harm. If you are a criminal and are not obeying the law, you have to suffer the consequences, and that may be being shot by a cop. Do the right thing and stay of trouble and than no cop will need to be in danger enough to pull his gun on you. Stop crying and stop being a victim. Look at what has progressed and be grateful. The more blacks cry about not being grateful for how far we all of grown shows they are keeping the flames of hate rolling.
    Jesse Williams should be grateful he even has a job in the field he is in. Not everyone….white, black, red, green or whatever color makes to this level of success and the privilege that comes with fame. He is the privileged not they whites he keeps trashing.

  59. He is unapologetic about his racial identity and he is in the unique position of being biracial, being a celebrity and being a former history teacher to speak on how the media and society plays a major role in what we know as racism. He always well spoken and logical in his reasoning as well as passionate.

  60. What I love about Jesse Williams is that he doesn't shy away or keep silent about his black heritage. Like, he could easily be ambiguous about his race and just pass like Dwayne Johnson or Vin Diesel who never discuss black issues or their own blackness. You gotta love that about him.

  61. Love him. Can we have more people who stand up and tell the truth like Jesse Williams… please?!

  62. John C. Bronzo I really wish there were a site where people could debate rationally so that others could pop in and read those debates with the sources cited. It might lead to greater understanding of important issues and help people to wade through some of the misinformation published on both sides of the media. The comment section of important articles has become a place for the most frustrated and childish group-thinkers to band together and silence the opposition. This is the opposite of communication and debate. I wish Minds like both yours and Puj's had a virtual space for civil debate. I would rather read that than 1000 people calling eachother racist.

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