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RAISE YOUR FISTS -- Jesse Williams Gave The Best BET Awards Acceptance Speech Ever

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Can we get the slow hand clap for Jesse Williams?  Find out why he deserves it inside...

"Grey's Anatomy" star Jesse Williams was he 2016 BET Awards Humanitarian Award recipient Sunday night.  And he topped off his honor with a super powerful acceptance speech.
Like Samuel L. Jackson said later in the evening, Jesse sounded like the closest thing to a 1960's civil rights activist America has heard in a long time.
The Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement filmmaker and activist read America for filth about taking its time to give black people their true freedom, equality and their due.  And he even told critics of new age activists to fall back, and come up with a point-by-point plan of how America has created a system of oppression before criticizing point by point the way folks are fighting back.
He also had words for critics from the other side of aisle who love to criticize folks using their right to protest:
"If you have no interest in equal rights for black people, don't give suggestions to those who do."
Once Jesse said we, the black community, are going to stop waiting around for what we deserve and we'll just begin to take it instead, plenty of fists went in the air in support.
By the way, his former co-star on The Butler, Elijah Kelley (who is starring in the upcoming New Edition Story), said during the aftershow:
"When I worked with Jesse on The Butler, this is exactly who he was.  This is who he is, what he stands for, there's no gimmicks." 
Check out Jesse's acceptance speech in full below:
And here's the transcript:

Peace, Peace. Thank you Debra. Thank you, BET. Thank you, Nate Parker. Harry and Debbie Allen, for participating in that. Before we get into it, I just want to say, I brought my parents out tonight — I just want to thank them for being here, for teaching me to focus on comprehension over career. They made sure I learned what the schools were afraid to teach us. And also, thank you to my amazing wife for changing my life.Now, this award, this is not for me. This is for the real organizers all over the country. The activists, 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. All right? It's kind of basic mathematics. The more we learn about who we are and how we got here, the more we will mobilize.

Now, this is also in particular for the black women in particular who have spent their lifetimes dedicated to nurturing everyone before themselves. We can and will do better for you.  Now, what we've been doing is looking at the data and we know that police somehow manage to deescalate, disarm, and not kill white people every day. So what's gonna happen is we're going to have equal rights and justice in our own country, or we will restructure their function in ours. Now, I got more, y'all.

Yesterday would have been young Tamir Rice's 14th birthday. So I don't want to hear anymore 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 it is to live in 1612 or 1712. Tell that to Eric Garner. Tell that to Sandra Bland. Tell that to Darrien Hunt.  Now, the thing is, though, all of us in here getting money, that alone isn't going to stop this. All right? Now dedicating our lives, dedicating our lives to getting money just to give it right back for someone's brand on our body when we spent centuries praying with brands on our bodies and now we pray to get paid with brands on our bodies. There has been no war that we have not fought and died on the front lines of. There has been no job we haven't done. There's no tax they haven't levied against us. And we've paid all of them. But freedom is somehow always conditional here. You're free, they keep telling us, but she would've been alive if she hadn't acted so free.  Now, freedom is always coming in the hereafter. But, you know what though, the hereafter is a hustle. We want it now. And let's get a couple of things straight, this is a little side note. The burden of the brutalized is not to comfort the bystander. That's not our job. All right, stop with all that. If you have a critique for the resistance, for our resistance, then you better have an established record of critique of our oppression. If you have no interest, 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, yo.

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 then stealing them. Gentrifying our genius and then trying us on like costumes before discarding our bodies like rinds of strange fruit. The thing is, though, the thing is, that just because we're magic doesn't mean we're not real. Thank you.

Say it loud... *fists in the air*
Photo: Getty
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