Jesse Williams: Much More Than An Actor
… found dead in her cell days later. This is still an ongoing case. Williams makes it known how he feels about it.
“Some thoughts on Sandra Bland & millions of Americans exhausted by paid servants destroying instead of defending lives. And those reflexively parroting weak slogans; squealing for violence & murder from behind a centuries-old wall of perfectly visible privilege. This country is FULL of Americans who actively exercise their rights when given unlawful, unclear orders by police. Refusing to roll down windows, present ID, hand over assault rifles, answer ANY questions, etc. Without fail, when select Americans exercise their rights, message boards FILL w praise for the resisting citizen & mockery of police. A select segment of Americans are granted the privilege of being able to resist said tyranny, scream at it, punch, shove or elude it. For membership consideration, this club has ONE requirement: the citizen(s) resisting police/the law/status quo must be white. Every time the story involves a black citizen, doing far less, presumed guilt BEGINS as their’s to shed. But one cannot shed blackness. Blackness turns “awesome!” or ‘badass!’ to ‘thug’ faster than a speeding bullet. Whiteness turns villain to hero in a flash. As we well know, police are not THE law. They swear to UPHOLD & ENFORCE the law in a professional, courteous manner, whenever possible. You can’t arrest someone for “resisting arrest.” That’s bullshit. Clearly state the charge & when resisted, that’s an additional charge. WE DO NOT BEGIN AS POLICE PROPERTY, to be freed or detained based on some guy’s mood or feeling. We are not theirs. Police weapons & cuffs do not dissolve if we don’t like their attitude. Our rights should remain intact if they’re displeased w/ ours.” He goes on to say much more.
What makes Jesse Williams courageous is not just the fact that he is outspoken, but also because he has an established career on TV and movies. He could easily get “black listed”, which means that he wouldn’t be able to find work as an actor. Once the industry deems you as “difficult” to work with or as “unfavorable” because of the subject matter that you talk about, it is virtually impossible to find work in that field. But Jesse Williams doesn’t think twice about his statements because he really feels that way. Besides, it’s the truth.