“Freedom! Freedom! Where are you?Cause I need freedom too!I break chains all by myself. Won’t let my freedom rot in hell. Hey! I’ma keep running. Cause a winner don’t quit on themselves”.
Jesse Williams speech was probably my favorite highlight of the BET Awards on Sunday (sorry, Bey).
Williams had me captivated his entire speech. I did not even realize that his speech was five minutes long, that’s how inspiring he was. His poetic words touched my heart and my mind in so many different ways it became overwhelming. I was speechless for the first time in my life because everything he said was fact. Nothing could be denied. One of the most remarkable points he made was about being branded. Williams passionately stated, “Alright, 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 for brands on our bodies”. A statement that sunk my heart, all I could think about was the re-boot of the Roots series I watched a couple of weeks ago. And how the Europeans came to forcefully and aggressively brand (burn a label into their skin; trademarks) the innocent Africans. To see how Williams connected the two is tear-jerking because it is an example of history repeating itself and false worshiping. People working tirelessly every day for money that is going to be spent just to say that this person owns us. Williams continues
“You’re free, they keep telling us. But she would have been alive if she hadn’t acted so… free”.
The correlation between Bey (Kendrick) and Williams freedom is not different at all. We are all fighting the oppression whether it is through the inspiration of music or the physical act of being hands on. We are tired of being used and discarded. We have waded, run, jumped and been chained down. Enough is enough.
“The thing is though… the thing is that just because we’re magic doesn’t mean we’re not real.
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