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actor Jesse Williams, who finally confirmed rumors that he is dating actress Minka Kelly.

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Williams has not repudiated blackness in any way, and neither has Serena.

Perhaps some of the backlash to Williams is steeped in the privilege many believe he’s been afforded as a light-skinned black man.

What would a brother from America have made of that role?

I’m sure the director helped, but some things are universal, but [not everything].” “It was not a slam against them, but it was just a comment about how Hollywood works in an interesting sort of way sometimes,” he said.

Black women have to take what they can get, which is why they flock to films like — rare examples of projects that depict not only positive, but three-dimensional black women.

To hear a black man on a national stage give props to black women and their journey in America felt like going to church.

Conversely, it does no good to equate Williams’ relationship with Kelly to other high-profile interracial relationships — like Serena Williams and her fiancé Alexis Ohanian.

Black women in America are disproportionately judged for interracial relationships, and here we are, faced with hordes of men attempting to “justify” Serena’s relationship while conveniently overlooking the long history of disrespect toward black women in America.

Williams’ divorce from Drake-Lee has nothing to do with how he perceives black women.

Gone are the days of Spike Lee’s , where we need to interpret every black man’s relationship with a white woman as an attack on all black women.

So when Williams’ divorce was made public, to some it felt like a betrayal.