Williams received the Humanitarian Award during Sunday night’s award show.
on Sunday, Jesse Williams received the Humanitarian Award at the BET Awards, and during his speech, the actor and activist spoke of whom he called the true recipients of the award.
“This is for the real organizers all over the country. The activists, the civil rights attorneys, the struggling parents, the families, the teachers of students that are realizing that a system built to divide and impoverish and destroy us cannot stand if we do,” said Williams.
“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 … 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—just because we’re magic doesn’t mean we’re not real,” Williams said, taking a direct shot at those who appropriate black culture.