Monday, September 29, 2014

Racism In 140 Charactors

 See That? The screenshot above?  This cowardly troll probably thought she or he was being humorous...probably had no idea that he or she was being offensive and just a little bit racially insensitive or RACIST in their little idea of a joke...

They probably felt safe in their anonymous state in writing this...because it's listed under "People Magazine"..and not under their name...The reason why they wrote it and used "People Magazine"  as the byline is because whoever wrote this wouldn't dare say this in front of a Black male or female....They wouldn't dare...

Just a few days ago...a writer at the New York Times ,who did use her real name by the way made the condescending statement that Shonda Rhimes use of actress,Viola Davis in the starring role of her new series, ''How To Get Away With Murder" on ABC...was a departure from the use of classically beautiful actresses like Kerry Washington of Scandal of Halle Berry...

One of my friends asked me if this really was a racial issue and if I considered Viola Davis "classically beautiful"?  I refused to answer....What does it matter? Does anyone ask if say Meryl Streep, (who I love ,just for the record) is more "Classically beautiful" then say Cybil Sheppard?  Does anyone ask if say Stana Katic who plays Detective Kate Becket on Castle is more "Classically beautiful than say, Debra Messing?
Do they?  Then why do it with Viola Davis and Kerry Washington?....Why pit two beautiful in their own way actresses against one another...???What does it matter anyway?  This reeks of both racism and sexism...But ,maybe I'm being too sensitive.

Why would the person from People Magazine expect Viola Davis to recite lines she said in the movie -"The Help" when she's done more than that???...When she's played a lawyer on Law and Order and Law and Order Special Victims unit many times before?

WHY? (I'll wait!)

Maybe I'm a bit racially sensitive now of days with all that is going on....I don't know...but I'm getting tired of all that has been going on for the past eight years...The blatant disrespect of this president that goes beyond political disagreements., the shooting with seeming impunity of young black men, while white men with guns defy the government at a ranch and not a shot is fired, not an arrest is made....While a white mass murderer shot up a movie theatre and was armed, yet captured unharmed....Yet a black kid who may have shoplifted some cigars, but was unarmed and killed no one was shot dead in the streets of Ferguson...

You see...Can you blame me if I'm just a little bit racially sensitive right now to all of this?...... 

During a Thursday appearance on The View, Viola Davis fired back at the New York Times writer who recently said she was “less classically beautiful.” Last week, in an article that received plenty of backlash, Times writer Alessandra Stanley not only critiqued Davis’ looks but also referred to Shonda Rhimes as an angry black woman.

In response to that article, the Times’ public editor, Margaret Sullivan, said it was “astonishingly tone-deaf and out of touch.” Sullivan also noted, “The readers and commentators are correct to protest this story.” She continued, “Intended to be in praise of Ms. Rhimes, it delivered that message in a condescending way.” Thank You.

Viola Davis, who didn’t publicly address the comments until yesterday, explained on the show how she felt about them and what made her take on the role in Shondra Rhimes’ How to Get Away With Murder:
"I’m glad that Shonda Rhimes saw me and said “Why not?” That’s what makes her a visionary. That’s what makes her iconic. I think that beauty is subjective. I’ve heard that statement [less classically beautiful] my entire life. Being a dark-skinned black woman, you heard it from the womb. And “classically not beautiful” is a fancy term for saying ugly. And denouncing you. And erasing you. Now ... it worked when I was younger. It no longer works for me now. It’s about teaching a culture how to treat you. Because at the end of the day, you define you."

Good for you Viola.....And to the racist and juvenile trolls who tweet.....Black twitter is coming for you...

1 comment:

Big Mark 243 said...

... I rate women on a personal and subjective scale which I call "get-a-bility"... and Viola can definitely GET IT...

... what gets me is how it is the same fight that is being fought... only now it is with white folks who think that the darkies are going to lay down and accept what they say... but I will add, that I don't think they would be as emboldened if WE did not aggravate such difference within our own culture..!




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