Actor Jesse Williams got a lot of press back in February when he spoke out against the “criminalization of the black body.” But now he has appeared on CNN’s “State Of The Union” to discuss Michael Brown, an African American, unarmed teen who was fatally shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, back on Aug. 9, 6 times with 2 shots to the head.
In the video below, you will see Williams steer the national conversation away from dubious allegations that Brown had somehow “robbed” a convenience store prior to being gunned down. As we noted in an earlier report, this claim is contradicted by the statements of the convenient store owner himself, and by the fact that the person in the surveillance video was not involved in a “robbery,” he simply shoplifted a fairly cheap product from the store shelves, a minor misdemeanor.
“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,” Williams can be heard saying in the clip below. “This started with a kid getting shot and killed and left in the street for four hours.”
“There’s a lot of bizarre behavior going on, and that is the story, that’s where we need journalism. That’s where we need that element of society to kick into gear and not just keep playing a loop of what the kid may have done in a convenience store,” he continued
“This is about finding justice for a kid that was shot, an 18-year-old that was shot, period,” he added.
Williams said that we should focus on what’s actually happening, rather than what’s narratively convenient for the Ferguson Police Department.
“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. … That needs to be discussed, that’s the story,” Williams concludes.
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