Michael B. Jordan Honors #BlackLivesMatter at BET Awards: "We Applaud Your Unbreakable, Unshakeable Strength"
"We’ve had to find the strength to fight through the sorrow of losing innocent lives while simultaneously demanding the justice we so richly deserve."
Actor Michael B. Jordan took a moment to talk about the Black Lives Matter movement during the BET Awards on Sunday.
He started off his speech by sending "prayers and strength" to the people in Charleston recovering from the church massacre that took nine lives. "Because of that amazing resilience, and forgiveness of that community, the acts of that madman are having the exact opposite effect that he intended," said Jordan, echoing President Barack Obama's sentiments he expressed at Clementa Pinckney's eulogy last week. "All over South Carolina, love is triumphing over hate, the way it should."
The Fantastic Four actor continued, explaining that the BET Awards show often likes to honor individuals who make significant contributions to the black community.
"Tonight, we shine a light in honor of the many men, women, and children who stood up, held signs, marched, took to social media, got arrested, or even laid down in protest as a part of the Black Lives Matter movement," said Jordan.
"We are shining a light on the people of Ferguson, Baltimore, New York, Los Angeles, Cleveland, Oakland, North Charleston, South Carolina, and McKinley, Texas and everywhere else in this country where we’ve had to find the strength to fight through the sorrow of losing innocent lives while simultaneously demanding the justice we so richly deserve."
He expressed his gratitude to the men and women who are a "constant reminder that we are not yet where we intend to be."
"Black Lives Matter," said Jordan. "You matter. We see you, and we applaud your unbreakable, unshakeable strength. Thank you."
Jordan was recently the subject of a racist controversy after he was cast as the Human Torch in Josh Trank's Fantastic Four. Some critics decried his race as not being true to the comic books, in which his character was white.
"Sometimes you have to be the person who stands up and says, 'I’ll be the one to shoulder all this hate. I’ll take the brunt for the next couple of generations,' " Jordan said in response to the critics. "I put that responsibility on myself."