Jesse Williams Delivers Powerful PSA About Voting: 'This Is Not About the White House, This Is About Your House'
Jesse Williams has something to say to those who don’t think their vote makes a difference.
In a new PSA for the Save the Day super PAC, the 35-year-old actor shuts down all excuses for not registering to vote in the upcoming election.
Williams begins by addressing common statements made by people who choose not to vote, including that the system is rigged or a traditionally blue or red state has already made up its mind.
“Someone says, ‘Hey, I’m making a statement by not voting,’ and then you say, ‘Well, I can’t hear it,’ ” he says.
“This is not about the White House. This is about your house,” the actor states. “If you’re not registered to vote, you can’t sit on a jury. You can’t choose your mayor. You can’t choose your city council. You can’t even choose your district attorney. You can’t decide which measures will help your family and community, and which will put them at risk.”
The Grey’s Anatomy star declares that democracy is everyone’s job, and it’s up to voters to make changes in the country.
“You say, ‘Vote,’ ” he concludes the ad, “because there are people who still don’t want you to.”
The creative mind behind the ad is screenwriter and director Joss Whedon, who plans to release several videos that include Hollywood stars encouraging people to get out and vote.
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Williams is no stranger to use his platform to speak out on an issue. In June, he received a standing ovation at the BET Awards after delivering a powerful speech about racial injustice.
He urged the public to take action and condemned those who critique the social justice movement but “have no interest in equal rights for Black people.”
“There has been no war that we have not fought and died on the front lines of. There has been no job we haven’t done. There is no tax they haven’t levied against us and we have paid all of them,” he continued.
“But freedom is somehow always conditional here. ” ‘You’re free,’ they keep telling us … freedom is always coming in the hereafter, but, you know what though, the hereafter is a hustle. We want it now.”
Grey’s Anatomy airs Thursdays (8 p.m. ET) on ABC.