Jesse Williams: Black People Have a Right to Be Angry

Jesse Williams: Black People Have a Right to Be Angry

The Grey's Anatomy star sounds off on stereotypes.

Published October 5, 2015

Just when we thought we couldn't love him more, Grey’s Anatomy star Jesse Williams became our hero when he perfectly shut down the derogatory stereotype of the "angry Black woman."

Speaking to newspaper The Guardian, Williams said, “There is zero evidence, zero evidence that Black people are more inclined to be angry in a vacuum than anybody else.” Among the contributing factors to Black folks' anger, he says, is that “it’s a community that’s f**king hurting and is really disappointed in itself, in the people that it trusted, in the government it paid taxes to. That is where the frustration comes from.”

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This is not the first time Williams has openly spoken about social issues. After the shooting of Michael Brown, he said, “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.”

Williams is also actively fighting for social justice as the youngest member of the board of directors at the Advance Placement Project, a non-profit focused in racial justice issues. 

Rewind! Watch Jesse talk Grey's Anatomy and that New York Times Shonda Rhimes article in the video below.

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Written by Evelyn Diaz

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