Don’t let Jesse Williams’ sweet face fool you. The “Grey’s Anatomy” star is most certainly about that activist life and proved exactly that whenhe expertly dismantled the overwhelmingly biased reporting surrounding the killing of Ferguson teen Michael Brown. Jezebel reports that during an appearance on CNN, Williams chided the type of journalism that aims to cover up the core issue in Brown’s death—blatant and unchecked racism against blacks in America.
In particular, Williams questioned the media’s decision to focus on the convenience store robbery that took place prior to Brown being killed, even after the press conference held by Ferguson Police Chief Thomas failed to justify why the robbery footage and the name of the officer who killed Brown were released at the same time.
“We also have to talk about the narrative and making sure that we’re starting at the beginning. You’ll find that the people doing the oppressing always want to start the narrative at a convenient part, or always want to start the story in the middle. This started with a kid getting shot and killed and left in the street for four hours. I’ve never seen a white body left in the street for four hours in the sweltering heat. The cop doesn’t call in the shooting, the body isn’t put in an ambulance, it’s shuttled away in some shady unmarked SUV.
This idea that because he stole a handful of cheap cigars, what’s that $5? I’ve lived in white suburbs of this country for a long time, I know plenty of white kids who steal stuff from a convenience store. [There’s] this idea that every time a black person does something, they automatically become a thug worthy of death when we don’t own drug crimes. We’re not the only ones who sell and do drugs all the time.We’re not the only ones that steal and talk crazy to cops.
There’s a complete double standard and a complete different experience that a certain element of this country has the privilege of being treated like human beings, and the rest of us are not treated like human beings, period. That needs to be discussed, that’s the story. That’s what gets frustrating for people — because you don’t know five black folks, five black men in particular, that have not been harassed and felt threatened by police officers. You can’t throw a rock and find five of them. We’re not making this up.”
Thank goodness for Williams’ non-PC approach to this matter. It’s refreshing to hear his bold, honest assertion about biased reporting, and hopefully it will steer the attention away from speculation, and more towards the undeniable facts.