This past Sunday was the BET Awards. It’s a celebration of black music,television and film. I used to watch the award show years ago but it doesn’t hold my interest much anymore. Mainly because the show promotes music that denigrates black women,colorism,negative images of black people and all around anti-blackness. But yesterday all over the news they were covering a speech given by biracial actor Jesse Williams. He was given the Humanitarian Award and gave a passionate speech about racism ,oppression,police brutality and cultural appropriation. That’s a lot to cover under four minutes. Williams is an actor on the ABC drama Grey’s Anatomy. Some fear he may lose his job for speaking out on these issues. I highly doubt he will lose his job. If anything he will be praised for speaking on these issues. Here’s what he said:
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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
It was a decent speech and he touched on a lot of issues. But I noticed when they showed his parents in the audience I noticed his white mother. I think this causes a lot of confusion for black people. Can you be pro-black with a white parent? This is something I’ve noticed over the last few years. There are many biracial people coming out speaking on the black struggle. Many biracial people have gotten the spotlight in the entertainment and sports world.
Canadian rapper Drake is one of the biggest rappers in the industry right now. This is his white mother,Sandi.
Grammy award winning singer/actress Alicia Keys has spoken on issues that affect the black community. Even though her mother Terria is a white woman.
Rapper J. Cole gets a lot of praise for dropping socially conscious lyrics. This pic is of him and his mother Kay.
Some people tend to forget but legendary reggae singer Bob Marley sang about black unity and African people. Even though he had a white father.
On the black conscious circuit there is a biracial woman named Zaza Ali. I first be familiar with her back in 2013. She was doing a radio show with rapper Professor Griff. She touched on issues such as black empowerment,religion,feminism,racism and politics. She became quite popular in a short time. Since then she and Griff have parted ways. And she is now doing lectures and selling dvd’s and books. I got the felling she was using Griff to get to the next level on the lecture circuit. Also I think she knows that her light skin,white features and “good hair” will attract more attention then the darker skinned black women. She is using the fact that many black people are self loathing and will fawn over her looks. And she has become quite successful in the process. Many people believe she was a fraud from the beginning. I also heard that she dated Griff and the broke up after she was down with him. I can’t say I’m surprised at all. Shame on Griff for falling for it.
In this video(above) Zaza is confronted by a caller on a radio show. The caller asks her can she truly be against white supremacy if she has a white mother. You will notice in the video that Zaza never answers the question. I’m not really surprised at her response. This also goes back to the Jesse Williams speech. Can you really fight this racist system if your parent is white? How can you give 100% against white racism if you came from a white vagina? I don’t think it’s really possible. A mother is the first person a baby learns to love. Your mother fed you and cared for you as a baby. Now you’re going to fight against the people who look just like her. NO way in Hell is that going to happen. Black people need major systematic change for the empowerment of how our people. And I just don’t think most biracial/mixed people are going to go all the way when the time comes. Also Jesse Williams is working on a documentary about the Black Lives Matters movement. I have already covered how BLM is funded by rich white folks. Any movement funded by your open enemy will not liberate you. Always remember that.
So while it was nice that Williams spoke out against white racism it is nothing new. Marcus Garvey spoke about that decades ago. Williams talked about police brutality. Kwame Toure did that years ago. So let’s not act like Williams is the next Malcolm X. He brought up issues that should be brought up but he said nothing new. It’s just that he was given a large platform to say it to millions of people so it’s getting a lot of hype. You must also keep in mind that BET is owned by Viacom. The president is a white man named Philippe Dauman. This speech was planned in advance. They already knew what he was going to say. This was no surprise. They used this opportunity to stir up some controversy and get people talking. And it worked. Black people get excited when we hear some truth don’t we? But I believe that hearing pro-black rhetoric is more palatable when coming from biracial people. It’s more acceptable by whites when they hear it from them because they know they have a white parent. So they don’t take it that seriously. And many black people suffer from low self esteem so we like hearing this language from someone with light skin,straight hair and light colored eyes. And Jesse knew what he was doing when he shouted out the black women. Many black women in the audience were standing up clapping. I’m sure many of them were fawning over his light skinned ambiguous looks. Much the same way Zaza Ali many times will come down hard on black women. And she will talk about black men in a positive light. And of course many black men in the conscious community fawn over her and call her a “real Black queen”. Do you see the pattern? I’m telling you,these biracial people know exactly what they’re doing. I understand they can’t help their parent is a white person. They have no control over that. But I just wonder why they are given a platform to speak so often on black issues. They are not of majority African descent. They maybe non-whte but that doesn’t automatically make them black either. So what do you think? Should they be given a platform to speak for us? And also can they be genuine in the struggle…if they have a white parent?