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Are We Ignoring the (White) Elephant in the Room?

gladys louise tyler

Posted on February 3, 2019 07:38

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There is this loud clamor that our society has become too politically correct. Have we?

There is this loud clamor that our society has become too politically correct.  Have we?  Or are we just hiding behind the lexicon of "politically correct", to become a society more adept at displaying insidious forms of racism?  

For example: 

5. The attempt to "shame" Rep Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (D-NY) by tweeting out a video of her dancing on a rooftop while in college.  It's trope that is all to familiar.  As a female of color she must be a "nitwit" or worse a "slut".

4. A 2005 Halloween party photo which showed Florida Secretary of State, Michael Ertel, attending a party in blackface and lipstick wearing earrings, a New Orleans Saints bandana and a shirt that read "Katrina victim".

Yes, it was 2005, here is a white man portraying a black female as a "victim"?  I am tired of the "we have all done things we are ashamed of narrative".  I have...but oddly enough it has never included race-baiting or race/gender shaming?  What about you?

3. Then of course that surge of white people calling the police on blacks, just a few examples below:

  • Cleveland bank employees called police on black man who tried to cash his employment check
  • A woman who called police on a little black girl who was selling lemonade to fund a trip to Disney
  • The white woman who called the police on a black woman who was canvassing in a wealthy neighborhood

2. Virginia Governor Ralph Northam did he or didn't he?  First Governor Northam apologized for the yearbook picture of men in black face and Ku Klux Klan robes (question - where does one acquire a Ku Klux Klan robe for a yearbook picture? Is it just laying around?) but I digress.  

In his Saturday press conference he almost demonstrated Michael Jackson's moonwalk-which he said he once did in a dance contest while wearing shoe polish to darken his face. You realize this was a press conference to answer questions regarding the yearbook picture?  It show a total obliviousness to the situation, both personally and nationally. How does anyone in any time period believe that putting on "black face" is okay? Spoiler alert, it isn't in any situation...ever....ever.

1. MAGA campaign is laid on a foundation of isolationism, intolerance and racial hatred. Its leader, the President, is burdened with a legacy of racial intolerance and trumped up facts that condone his racist rants.

Everyone is looking past the elephant in the room. A country that is seeped in racial divisiveness doesn't have it just suddenly disappear. It lingers. It percolates. And until it is addressed in its many forms, it will continue to divide and embarrass and derail even the best of intentions.  

gladys louise tyler

Posted on February 3, 2019 07:38

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