TV actor Jesse Williams won the humanitarian award at the BET Awards this year, and his impassioned speech about equal rights and justice went viral. The speech hit on Black Lives Matter, police brutality, and cultural appropriation. You can read the entire speech here or watch below.
Now, a petition is circulating to get Williams fired from Grey's Anatomy on the grounds that his speech was racist and anti-police (sound familiar?). The petition, started by a person named Erin Smith, has over 4,500 signatures so far. Here is why Smith thinks Williams should be fired:
Jesse Williams spewed a racist, hate speech against law enforcement and white people at the BET awards. If this was a white person making the same speech about an African American, they would have been fired and globally chastised, as they should be, but there has been no consequences to Williams' actions. There's been no companies making a stand against his racist remarks and no swift action condemning his negative attitude. Why was Burke's character fired from Grey's Anatomy after his inappropriate homophobic slur, but nothing for Jesse Williams? Why the one-way street? Why the support for a hater? Why the hypocrisy? #AllLivesMatter All humans bleed the same color. #EqualConsequences4RacistBehavior