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‘Grey’s Anatomy’ actor unleashes scathing rant about Baltimore protests

When I find myself in times of trouble, Jesse Williams comes to me.


Feliks Garcia


Posted on Apr 28, 2015   Updated on May 28, 2021, 11:18 pm CDT

On Monday, protests in Baltimore erupted following the funeral of Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old black man killed after sustaining spinal injuries while in police custody. Media coverage primarily focused on burning buildings and looting, as opposed to the nonviolent demonstrations that had taken place over the weekend. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency, calling in the National Guard. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake blamed the acts of violence on “thugs who in a very senseless way are trying to tear down what so many have fought for.”

In terms of celebrity-sanctioned transmissions, Carson Daly took to Twitter to express his outrage. “Really sucks to see these lawless looters ruin the great city of @Baltimore. This isn’t protest, this is a violent attack on your OWN city,” the Voice host wrote. The tweet was immediately deleted.

Even the cast of HBO’s The Wire, quickly denounced the violence.

Amid the harsh criticism of the not-so-peaceful demonstrations, however, Jesse Williams, the actor most famous for his role as Dr. Jackson Avery on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, penned a remarkably insightful short essay on Twitter about the double standard presented by the media when covering black protests and white riots when a favorite team loses … or wins.

Read Williams’ comments in their entirety below:

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*First Published: Apr 28, 2015, 8:55 pm CDT