As protest in Ferguson, Missouri wage on in the wake of the shooting death of unarmed 18-year-old Mike Brown, many have spoken out in support of the teen. Rapper J.Cole released his emotionally charged single “Be Free” in honor of Brown and other members of the hip hop community have also show their solidarity. But none have been as articulate as Grey Anatomy actor, Jesse Williams.
On Sunday, (Aug. 17) the actor spoke with CNN about the biased reporting in the Mike Brown death and how the teen, who was gunned down by St. Louis officer Darren Wilson Aug. 9, is being portrayed in the media.
“We also have to talk about the narrative and make sure we’re starting at the beginning. you will find that the people who are doing the oppressing want to start the narrative at a convenient place.” Williams, 33, said.
Williams–who also spoke out in regards to the shooting death of Florida teen Jordan Davis–made specific mention of the racial disparity that young black men face.
“And this idea that because he stole a handful of cheap cigars, what is that? five bucks? from a convenience store? I lived in the white suburbs of this country for a long time. I know plenty of white kids that seal stuff from the convenience store. There’s this idea that every time a black person does something they automatically become a thug worthy of their own death.”
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