8 Quotes That Prove Why Jesse Williams is BAE

Jesse-Williams

Oh how I love Jesse Williams. Let me count the ways…

This actor/activist/former teacher just never fails to make me swoon. It’s rare that a man can be so damn fine, yet so damn conscious, intelligent, and selfless. It’s really delightful, and I’m hoping he has a twin brother that isn’t quite so famous, equally brilliant, and willing to date a regular ol’ girl like me. Here are 8 Quotes that prove exactly why Jesse Williams is BAE.

1. “To some people I might be a celebrity because I’m physically attractive. We are programmed to believe that someone is attractive because they told you that blue eyes are hot. I am not going to participate in that shit,” he says. “I aim to do what I can with what I have. And I have my [looks] – you know, European beauty standards give me access to things.”

2.“Why do so many of you reflexively defend, identify w/, and antagonize on behalf of whiteness whenever blackness is involved?” he asked. “You don’t feel compelled to justify every thing done by everyone who happens to be straight or male or right-handed. So why whiteness? What about black pain is so fun to you? From where is that joy derived?” He also questioned why people feel the need to dress in Trayvon Martin Halloween costumes, writing: “We don’t reflexively celebrate random or routine white death, make memes of your bleeding corpses, etc. Tell us about this unique obsession.”

3.“I loved being a teacher,” he said. “It’s the best thing I have ever done. My favorite job ever. I miss it every day.”

4.“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.”

5.“The idea that we have to explain why it’s racial when we’re standing in our own blood is silly. It’s racial because it doesn’t happen to white people.”

6.: How exactly is Ebola funny? If the 4,000 dead were American or blond, would that be a joke?”

7.“Whites rioted throughout the early 1900s, slaughtering, burning & looting entire thriving black townships, just because of the adjective. Where are all the think pieces & coverage of the pathology of white culture every time white frustration vents violence & destruction? If we view rioting as a mass temper tantrum expressed through violence & property damage, white sports fans do that monthly.

8.“Police are so likely to be violent criminals, that it remains glaringly necessary to video record their every move. Think about that.”

*UPDATED-After Jesse’s epic speech at the BET Awards, I had to add the transcript.

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“Peace. Peace. Thank you Debra. Thank you, Nate Parker. Thank you, 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 and 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 going to happen is we’re going to have equal rights and justice in our own country or we will restructure their function in ours.

“Now, [standing ovation] 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 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 with brands for 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 pay all of them. But freedom is somehow always conditional here. You’re free, they keep telling us, but she would have 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 here, just a little sidenote. 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 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.”

Oh BAE. Swoons.

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