Watch Pharrell WIlliams' Powerful Speech on Fighting Social Injustice at VH1 Hip-Hop Honors

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Pharrell Williams onstage at VH1 Hip Hop Honors: The 90s Game Changers at Paramount Studios on Sept. 17, 2017 in Los Angeles.

In light of the recent events that have transpired in America -- police brutality/violence against African-Americans, white nationalists protesting in Charlottesville, VA, Colin Kaepernick's National Anthem protest etc. -- the racial tension in America has peaked and has left the nation in a state of unrest. 

On Monday (Sept. 18), VH1 aired their annual Hip-Hop Honors ceremony to celebrate the revolutionary figures from the '90s era and their influence on hip-hop culture today. While paying homage to the '90s game-changers from coast-to-coast, it was Pharrell Williams' short but compelling speech that brought viewers back to the present-day as he urged Americans to "open your eyes" to the current American political climate. 

"So for everybody at home watching this and acting like y’all don’t see what’s going on out there, you gotta open your eyes," he pleaded. "You keep saying you don’t see what’s going, on television, what’s happening to us, open your eyes... And if you look like how I look, then you know how we got here. But we’re here and we’re not leaving." 

Williams then turned his attention to "everybody else in the country" and warned them that while minorities have long experienced discrimination in the country, other races are not exempt. "Don’t think just because they’re coming at the African-Americans and they coming at the Jewish communities, they coming at the Hispanics, that it can’t be you too just cause you look like them – they’re using you, okay?," he continued. "You should understand that they could change their minds and it might not be about black, white, big, skinny or small, it might be about facial features, it might be about hair color; don’t act like they ain’t do that before."

Williams later compared himself to Game of Thrones character John Snow and apologized for "hijacking" the moment. 

On Sunday (Sept. 24), Williams along with Timbaland, Justin Timberlake, Ariana Grande and more will perform for the Charlottesville benefit concert, A Concert for Charlottesville, where donations will help benefit victims of the violent protests that occurred back in August. 

Read the full transcript of Pharrell Williams' speech below.

So for everybody, everybody at home watching this and acting like y’all don’t see what’s going on out there, you gotta open your eyes. Open your eyes. You keep saying you don’t see what’s going on television, what’s happening to us, open your eyes. And if you look like how I look, then you know how we got here but we’re here and we’re not leaving. So, what are we gonna do?

And for everybody else in this country, the human condition is important. Don’t think just because they’re coming at the African-Americans and they coming at the Jewish communities, they coming at the Hispanics that it can’t be you too just cause you look like them – they’re using you, okay? You should understand that they could change their minds and it might not be about black, white, big, skinny or small, it might be about facial features, it might be about hair color -- don’t act like they ain’t do that before, okay? I know it kind of sounds like [I’m] hijacking the moment and on my John Snow shit and I might be 'cause they keep talking about a war but the enemy is this divisive mentality, it’s on this side of the wall guys and girl, it’s already here, okay?

It’s the white nationalists, they walking towards your future what you gon’ do? Again, I apologize for cause I know this is my brother’s moment but I’m just gonna say it because this is, this is where we are right now and me, I’m just a tiny, tiny, tiny, little musician like little, small, tiny musician but I’m African American. African means that’s what’s in me, American means that’s where I am right now so if this is where I am and this is America, it’s with liberty and justice for all. Thank you.