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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


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


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

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