Had a great reminder while watching the BET awards. Jesse Williams gave an excellent speech accepting his humanitarian award. I don’t know much about Jesse Williams. However, I do know that he is a former teacher. I could hear him on an educator level, on the humanitarian level, on a social level, on a biracial level, on a minority level, and a black level.
His words, his passion, radiate truth, and depth. Jessie is right it’s 2016, and I fear for my sons. I am afraid for my children to walk down the street not necessarily to be approached by a stranger but not know how to react if approached by authority, by the law.
I try to teach them and to tell them that they are different. That living in Utah where the majority are white. I have to try to teach them not to draw attention to themselves, even though they automatically stand out. I fear for my sons, I am afraid for my nephews, I fear for my brothers, I fear for my students, and I am afraid for this generation.
Our focus is clouded. Our focus is on the wrong things. I don’t have the answers, and I wish I did. I know this cannot keep going the way that it has has been. If anything, I hope that his speech sparks an interest that leads to some inspiration. I know it got my family and me talking. Bravo to Jesse Williams for using his platform wisely.