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‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Star Jesse Williams Fed Up With Self-Proclaimed ‘Patriots’ Justifying the Deaths of Unarmed Black Men

Jesse Williams Grey’s Anatomy star Jesse Williams has been no stranger to using his celebrity platform to speak out against police brutality and the “criminalization of the black body,” so it was no surprise to see the actor unleash a series of tweets condemning those attempting to justify the recent killings of unarmed Black men by police.

National discussions and angry protests about the brutal attacks on Black people at the hands of police officers have been sparked once again after videos of the deaths of Walter Scott and Eric Harris were released to the public.

The videos served as a troubling reminder of just how cruel law enforcement can be when dealing with Black suspects.

While the footage of a reserve sheriff deputy fatally shooting Harris as he lay on the ground on April 2 caused many of the video’s viewers to cringe in disbelief, others still attempted to justify the shooting.

The self-proclaimed “patriots” discussed sympathy for the officer who they believed was under emotional stress or tried to paint Harris out to be such an awful criminal that he, somehow, deserved the fate that was granted to him.

Williams was quick to take aim at those justifications of another unarmed Black man’s death.

“ATTN: all of you justify-anything ‘patriots’ who reflexively spout excuses great & small for ANY & ALL violent death of Black/African people,” Williams tweeted on Monday. “Kindly provide a list of offenses that are punishable by violence & public execution at the hands of men uniformed by gov’t &/or whiteness.”

Williams, like many other people in the Black community, was uninterested in waiting for an answer. He knew all too well what the reality of the situation was.

“We will [not] wait,” he continues with another series of tweets that he numbered in order to make their order clear and apparent. “You will not answer. You never do. We’ve been taking voracious notes and are well acquainted with the list you won’t show us.”

That’s when Williams answered the question himself.

“Despite centuries of changing variables & compounding offenses, your every [in]action reveals a list holding only two words: BE BLACK,” he continued. “You know what’s worse than living under constant siege by inane, anti-intellectual, contortionist sloganeering & policy? Being KILLED by it.”

Grey's Anatomy Star Those tweets were enough to earn a standing ovation, but the actor wasn’t finished just yet.

“You never demand ‘balance’ or ‘all sides’ represented when vilifying blackness before, during or after killing those wearing it,” Williams continued. “But how dare we say ‘Stop, you’re hurting me.’ Without also showering our assailant w/ high praise.”

In his final tweets, Williams pointed to the contradiction between what many of these “patriots” say America represents and what the actual actions of America’s people embodies.

In the so-called “land of the free,” it still seems as if freedom is a luxury reserved for the few and the elite.

“Keep TELLING us what America stands for, while we WATCH her fall for it,” another tweet read. “America stands for exactly what Americans will stand for. History doesn’t write itself, it must be lived and practiced. #Try.”

This isn’t the first time the star has spoken out about the oppression of the Black community.

When chaos was sweeping the city of Ferguson and unarmed teen Michael Brown was being labeled as a criminal far more frequently than he was being acknowledged as a victim, Williams took to CNN to address the media’s role in oppressing the Black community.

“You’ll find that the people doing the oppressing always want to start the narrative at a convenient part, or always want to start the story in the middle,” he said back in August 2014. “This started with a kid getting shot and killed and left in the street for four hours.”

As far as mainstream media was concerned, however, it started with a boy who allegedly robbed a convenient store of a pack of cigars—a crime that was suddenly considered punishable by death.

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2 thoughts on “‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Star Jesse Williams Fed Up With Self-Proclaimed ‘Patriots’ Justifying the Deaths of Unarmed Black Men

  1. Fran Seaton says:

    Respect to this man, too many celebs affriad to speak out. Respect to this dude for having small balls and eloquence.

  2. Bill Cromer says:

    The magic box.

    One police report said the woman clerk (owner's daughter) called 911 and reported that Brown stole "a box of Swisher Sweet cigars." While a police dispatcher is reporting the robbery on police radio, a second dispatcher, on the phone with the owners daughter, can be heard in the background asking, “A box of what?” In a second incident report police detectives, after reviewing the surveillance video, also said Brown stole "a box of Swisher Sweet cigars."

    The surveillance video released by Ferguson Police is 1:40 seconds long and consists of video spliced together from two separate cameras. For whatever reason, the police version is 20 seconds longer then real time on either of the videos from the other two cameras.

    Anyone viewing this video can clearly see Brown exit the store with some cigars in his right hand. Not a box of cigars as reported by store owner, his daughter, and police detectives but rather some loose pouches in his right hand. The timeline below explains precisely where Brown got these cigars:

    :46 Owner gives Brown the first box of cigars which he hands to Johnson.
    :50 Owner offends Brown when he tells him to pay for first box or no second box.
    :58 Brown offends owner when he grabs second box [some fall out during struggle].
    :59 Brown steps back away from counter and stares at owner – nah nah nah!
    1:01 Brown, having made his point, walks forward and puts second box on counter.
    1:05 Brown steps back away from counter, empty handed.
    1:06 Johnson steps forward puts first box on the counter.
    1:07 Johnson steps away from the counter, empty handed.
    [Here two boxes are on counter and some pouches are on the floor].
    1:08 Brown stoops down to pick up loose cigar pouches on the floor.
    1:12 Owner removes both boxes from counter.
    1:19 While trying to recover cigars on floor Brown sees owner beside him and stands up.
    1:20 Owner steps in front of Brown trying to stop him from leaving the store.

    The timeline shows two boxes of cigars involved in this exchange. With the exception of a few pouches that fell out of the second box onto the floor, both boxes were recovered by the owner. Those who, after realizing Brown did not steal a box of cigars, insist that he took the cigars he picked up off the floor have one problem to solve: How did the owner, twelve seconds before Brown stood up with cigars in hand, know Brown was going to steal those cigars?

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