Jesse Williams Just Destroyed One of the Most Ignorant Black Stereotypes

October 9th 2015

Alex Mierjeski

In an interview with the Guardian earlier this month, actor Jesse Williams, who stars in ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," addressed the prevailing harmful stereotypes that plague the Black community in the U.S. Williams shot down the "angry Black man" caricature, lauding the efforts of Black Lives Matter organizers following repeated instances of police related violence and shootings in recent years.

"There is zero evidence, zero evidence that Black people are more inclined to be angry in vacuum than anybody else," he told the Guardian.


When asked about the prevailing angry Black man/woman stereotype, Williams suggested that the perspective be zoomed out to encompass the setting in which perceived Black anger exists.

"They are upset. Is being upset bad? Is anger just a negative quality?," he asked. "It doesn't begin with rage, right. It's a community that's fucking 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," he added.

This isn't the first time Williams has spoken out about the plight of the Black community. The actor took to Twitter in July, following the in-custody death of Sandra Bland, to address policing problems in 24 separate tweets.

"A select segment of Americans are granted the privilege of being able to resist said tyranny, scream at it, punch, shove or elude it," he wrote.

In August, the actor addressed the #AllLivesMatter movement on his Instagram account:

Read the full, wide-ranging interview over at the Guardian, and check out Williams' Question Bridge project, which aims to facilitate "a dialogue between a critical mass of Black men from diverse and contending backgrounds" and create "a platform for them to represent and redefine black male identity in America."