"We have a high percentage of blacks in prison, and that's tragic, but are they in prison just because they are black or because they don't want to study as hard in school? I've taught school, and I saw a lot of people of color who didn't study hard because they said the government would take care of them."
Recently, the insightful and always on the money Kate Clinton posted a Trump This Racist Award to one Sally Kern from Oklahoma. While I agree with the dubious achievement both earned and then lauded by Ms. Clinton, I want to say: let's applaud the out and out bigotry and just plain stupidity of our fellow Americans.
Unlike most folk of color, I enjoy my racism, hatred, and just plain nonsense uncensored, out front and to the point. When this happens, I can successfully navigate what I will do.
Although I don't consider myself necessarily that politically astute, my Republican friends always remind me that being bold and stupid can and often goes hand in hand.
It is clear that you have to have a serious set of cajones to say the things that get said with a straight face and a healthy smug dose of "Oh, I thought everyone knew this" attitude. Ms. Kern, in all her brilliance, is no exception to this rule.
When she recently made the above statement it was with a very straight face and a healthy dollop of "I am simply pointing out the obvious and why there should be no further thought on this situation."
Personally, I was waiting for the clouds to part and angels to descend with stone tablets.
This would let all mere mortals know that we were indeed in the presence of something truly sublime. She could have been brave, considerably less racist/classist if the statement would have been: "Yes, there is a high percentage of blacks in the penal system and it is time for this to stop."
See, that was real simple and I'm black.
I forgot to mention that I'm gay so that makes me a threat along the lines of terrorism. I should quit while I'm ahead. Ms. Kern, what were you thinking? What is even more frightening is the fact that we live in a culture that is under high surveillance and very little privacy and she felt that this type of thinking could be freely shared without any serious backlash.
Maybe she thought the thinking and vocal black population was all behind bars or waiting for the government to tell them what to do. That was the first mistake and misstep.
The assumption is that she could say anything about a group of people based on a very limited scope and interaction and then trot it out as theory and the basis for an entire population. Mistake number two.
In all fairness, she did make an attempt to right her wrongs and bring a heartfelt response once she realized her error.
Here is what was offered before her marketing trolls told her she better clean it up.
"I'm sorry you found that offensive."
Is it me or is this just plain delicious? This is some half-assed shit if I've ever seen it.
It is clearly a way of saying don't attack me. I'm a good person and no matter what you think or feel I am still right.
People this is not an apology. How can anybody apologize on somebody else's behalf because of somebody else's feelings?
Confused? Me too.