The entire season finale of “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” on Disney+ was incredible in so many ways, from touching, heartfelt moments to mic drop-worthy powerful speeches—but there is one moment that stands out above them all: Sam Wilson's speech to the Senators about doing better.
The Most Impactful Speech in Marvel History
This may be the most powerful scene on TV I’ve ever seen. Anthony Mackie had me in tears—his personal beliefs & truth in this “fictional” moment were palpable. Thank you, Anthony Mackie and Marvel Studios for making such a impactful, important statement.
Here is the text from Captain America / Sam Wilson’s speech from “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” Episode 6 “One World, One People” season finale.
If you want to watch the clip of Sam's powerful speech, the clip starts at about 27:20.
Captain America / Sam Wilson’s speech from “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier”
Ayla: Sam. Thanks you so much, from all of us.
Senator: Sincerely. You did your part in dealing with those terrorists, now we’ll do ours.
Sam: Are you still going forward with resetting the borders?
Senator Lacont: Our peacekeeping troops will begin relocating people soon. The terrorists only set us back a bit.
Sam: You have to stop calling them terrorists.
Senator: What else would we call them?
Sam: Your peacekeeping troops carrying weapons are forcing millions of people into settlements around the world, right? What do you think those people are going to call you? These labels, “terrorists,” “refugee,” “thug.” They’re often used to get around the question, “Why?”
Senator Lacont: Those settlements that happened 5 years ago, do you think it is fair for governments to have to support them?
Senator: And the people who reappeared only to find someone else living in their family home, they just end up homeless? Look, I get it. But you have no idea how complicated this situation is.
Sam: You know what? You’re right. And that’s a good thing. We finally have a common struggle now. Think about that.
For once, all the people who’ve been begging, and I mean, literally begging for you to feel how hard any given day is. Now you know. How did it feel to be helpless? Now if you could remember what it was like to be helpless and face a force so powerful it could erase half the planet, you would know that you were about to have the exact same impact. This isn’t about easy decisions, Senator.
Senator: You just don’t understand.
Sam: I’m a Black man, carrying the stars and stripes. What don’t I understand? Every time I pick this thing up, I know there are millions of people out there who are gonna hate me for it. Even now, here…I feel it. The stares. The judgment. And there’s nothin' I can do to change it. Yet, I’m still here. No super serum, no blonde hair, or blue eyes. The only power I have is that I believe we can do better.
We can’t demand that people step up if we don’t meet them halfway. You control the banks. Shit, you can move borders! You can knock down a forest with an email, you can feed a million people with a phone call.
But the question is, who's in the room with you when you make those decisions? Is it the people you’re going to impact? Or is it just more people like you?
I mean, this girl died trying to stop you, and no one has stopped for one second to ask, “Why?” You’ve got to do better, Senator. You’ve got to step up. Because if you don’t, the next Karli will. And you don’t want to see 2.0. People believed in her cause so much that they helped her defy the strongest governments in the world. Why do you think that is? Look, you people have just as much power as an insane God or a misguided teenager. The question you have to ask yourself is, “How are you going to use it?”
Bucky: Sorry. I was, uh, I was texting, and so all I heard was, um, “a Black guy in stars and stripes.” Nice job, Cap.
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