fter this weekend, pretty much everyone is talking about the NFL and athletes who kneel during the national anthem — including Donald Trump. You'd probably expect to hear about the controversy from athletes and the owners of sports teams, but people from all walks of life are beginning to weigh in.
Grey's Anatomy star and activist, Jesse Williams, was recently a guest on MSNBC, talking about the NFL protests (and the president's reaction to them). During Williams' interview, however, he revealed a shocking truth about the NFL and the national anthem.
And it's an eye opener.
Jesse Williams wears a lot of hats.
He’s a well-known actor who has excelled in a number of on-screen roles, but his true passion is for social justice.
He cares about important issues, and he goes above and beyond in trying to secure safety for disenfranchised people.
You might recognize him best from his role as Dr. Jackson Avery on Grey's Anatomy.
And, honestly, no judgment here if that’s where you recognize him from.
It’s a great show and Dr. Avery is a great character!
What you might not know, however, is that Jesse Williams is also deeply involved in civil rights.
He’s on the board of directors for the Advancement Project, which is a nonprofit organization focused on racial justice issues.
He also on the board of directors for Sankofa — a social justice organization which works with influential people to empower those who are disenfranchised.
Back in June of 2016, Williams gave an impassioned speech at the BET Awards.
His speech was both inspirational and confrontational, calling out the mistreatment of black people in the U.S.
“Now, what we’ve been doing is looking at the data and we know that police somehow manage to de-escalate, disarm and not kill white people every day,” Williams said. “So what’s going to happen is we’re going to have equal rights and justice in our own country or we will restructure their function and ours.”
Williams doesn't just give speeches, though.
He has joined protests, and even traveled to Flint, Michigan to shed light on the water crisis there.
Williams has made it clear that he’s concerned with the rights of people everywhere, so after the controversies surrounding the NFL this past weekend, Williams had something to say about the practice of playing the national anthem at sporting events.
And it’s a huge surprise…