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Jesse Williams Gives Emotional Black Lives Matter Speech at BET Awards

Jesse Williams BET Awards speech on Black Lives Matter is emotional and is quickly going viral.

It's reasonable to believe that Grey's Anatomy star Jesse Williams stole the show on Sunday night with a wildly emotional, confrontational speech that has quickly gone viral. In fact, later in the show, Samuel L. Jackson said he hadn't heard a speech like it since the 1960s. [caption id="attachment_111176" align="aligncenter" width="325"]Jesse Williams LAS VEGAS - JULY 19 : Actor Jesse Williams attends The Players Awards at the Rio Hotel & Casino on July 19, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada (Kobby Dagan / Shutterstock.com)[/caption] Jesse Williams has appeared in several feature films, but he was honored with BET's Humanitarian Award for his activism. In October 2014, he joined protests in Ferguson, Missouri to protest the shooting of Michael Brown. He also was an actor and executive producer of Stay Woke, a documentary about the Black Lives Matter movement that premiered in May. In addition, he has written extensively on Black Lives Matter and met with President Obama earlier this year to discuss his civil rights work. [caption id="attachment_111177" align="aligncenter" width="351"]Jesse Williams BET LOS ANGELES - JAN 16: Jesse Williams arrives to the Critics' Choice Awards 2015 on January 16, 2015 in Hollywood, CA (DFree / Shutterstock.com)[/caption] Jesse Williams said “This award is not for me,” he continued. “This is for the real organizers all over the country, the activist, the civil rights attorneys, the struggling parents, the families, the teachers, the students that are realizing that a system built to divide and impoverish and destroy us cannot stand if we do. It’s kinda basic mathematics: the more we learn about who we are and how we got here the more we will mobilize. “This award is also for the black women in particular who have spent their lives nurturing everyone before themselves -- we can and will do better for you. [caption id="attachment_111178" align="aligncenter" width="500"]Jesse Williams BET Awards NEW YORK-AUG 5: Actors David Oyelowo (L) and Jesse Williams attend the premiere of Lee Daniels' "The Butler" at the Ziegfeld Theatre on August 5, 2013 in New York City. (Debby Wong / Shutterstock.com)[/caption] “Now, what we’ve been doing is looking at the data and we know that police somehow manage to de-escalate, disarm and not kill white people every day. So what’s going to happen is we’re going to have equal rights and justice in our own country or we will restructure their function and ours.

So what’s going to happen is we’re going to have equal rights and justice in our own country or we will restructure their function and ours.

“I got more, y’all. Yesterday would have been young Tamir Rice’s 14th birthday so I don’t want to hear any more about how far we’ve come when paid public servants can pull a drive-by on a 12-year-old playing alone in a park in broad daylight, killing him on television, and then going home to make a sandwich. “Tell Rekia Boyd how it’s so much better to live in 2012 than 1612 or 1712. Tell that to Eric Garner, Sandra Bland. “The thing is though, all of us here are getting money, that alone isn’t going to stop this. Dedicating our lives to getting money just to give it right back to put someone’s brand on our body -- when we spent centuries praying with brands on our bodies, and now we pray to get paid for brands on our bodies? “There has been no war that we have not fought and died on the front lines of. There is no job we haven’t done, there is no tax they haven’t levied against us, and we have paid all of them. “But freedom is always conditional here. ‘You’re free!’ they keeping telling us. ‘But she would be alive if she hadn’t acted so… free.’  Now, freedom is always coming in the hereafter, but the hereafter is a hustle: We want it now. [caption id="attachment_111179" align="aligncenter" width="334"]Jesse Williams 2016 LOS ANGELES - MAR 13: Jesse Williams arriving at the John Varvatos 8th Annual Stuart House Benefit at John Varvaots Store on March 13, 2011 in Los Angeles, CA (Helga Esteb / Shutterstock.com)[/caption] “Let’s get a couple of things straight. The burden of the brutalized is not to comfort the bystander -- that’s not our job so let’s stop with all that. If you have a critique for our resistance then you’d better have an established record, a critique of our oppression. “If you have no interest in equal rights for black people then do not make suggestions to those who do: sit down. “We’ve been floating this country on credit for centuries, and we’re done watching and waiting while this invention called whiteness uses and abuses us, burying black people out of sight and out of mind while extracting our culture, our dollars, our entertainment like oil -- black gold! -- ghettoizing and demeaning our creations and stealing them, gentrifying our genius and then trying us on like costumes before discarding our bodies like rinds of strange fruit. “Just because we’re magic doesn’t mean we’re not real. Thank you.” You can watch the speech below: Related: What do you think? Share with us your thoughts in the comments below.