‘Color Purple’ Author Alice Walker Pens Poem Inspired By Jesse Williams’ BET Awards Speech

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Jesse Williams has a new fan — and, like him, she has a way with words.

Inspired by the Grey’s Anatomy star’s powerful speech at the 2016 BET Awards, Alice Walker penned a poem that she posted on her website.

“Here It Is” addresses “fear of blackness in white culture,” according to the Color Purple author in an introduction to the piece.

Here it is
the beauty that scares you
-so you believe-
to death.
For he is certainly gorgeous
and he is certainly where whiteness
to your disbelief
has not wandered off
to die.
No. It is there, tawny skin, gray eyes,
a Malcolm-esque jaw. His loyal parents
may Goddess bless them
sitting proud and happy and no doubt
amazed
at what they have done.
For he is black too. And obviously
with a soul
made of everything.
Try to think bigger than you ever have
or had courage enough to do:
that blackness is not where whiteness
wanders off to die: but that it is
like the dark matter
between stars and galaxies in
the Universe
that ultimately
holds it all
together.

After signing her initials, Walker added, “Three deep bows to a beautiful son.”

While some have criticized Williams’ speech, the actor and activist shared his motivation for the speech shortly after he accepted the award for his humanitarian work on Sunday.

“Words are only as good as the response to those words,” he told PEOPLE. “But I’d like to think that I give people a sense that they are not alone.”

SOURCE: People – Lanford Beard