Now I'm not ever one to read too much, or anything really, into the idiotic crap celebrities say. And I totally understand what follows is entirely about getting clicks, followers, and attention. But still...
"I hate everything about this country," she railed. "Like, I hate fat white Americans. All the people who are crunched into the middle of America, the real fat and meat of America, are these racist conservative white people who live on their farms. Those little teenage girls who work at Kmart and have a racist grandma—that’s really America."
Naturally this has led to white folks saying, "Imagine if a white person said something along those lines about black people." To which black people respond, "Oh, white people, stop making yourselves out as victims." But I think we can all agree that if a white person said something so racially insensitive, it would be front page news. They woule be scrutinized for 72 hours by cable news until they ultimately taped a groveling apology. They would get suspended from their job, expelled from their school, etc. I don't expect anything will be made of this. And I understand that at least in part that's because a discerning eye can spot this as intentionally inviting controversy.
We can spin our wheels and make this about why it's okay for black people to make statements like that without consequence and a white person will get fired for saying "nappy headed hoes." But that discussion has been had a million times, and goes nowhere.
All I'm going to say is I don't think we as a society should treat such blatantly hateful language from anyone of any race. No "us vs. them" here. Just simply no one should should be able to say things like that in our society without justfiable scrutiny, regardless of how you choose to rationalize it.
If you can get thrown out of your campus housing for singing a racist chant, you certainly should be judged and forced to apologize for saying you hate half the nation's population based on their race. If we truly are in pursuit of an enlightened and racially equal society, we simply have to recognize that speech like this is an impediment to that goal. It worst, it's racist, at it's very best it's provocative for all the wrong reasons and needlessly divisive. It engenders anger rather than meaningful conversation and progress. I think we should demand better from those in the public spotlight.
Okay, so this picture has been making the rounds on the Interwebs today.
Basically, there is a huge division on what colors people see when they see the dress, and they're radically different. So I put the question to all of you: Do you see Blue and Black? Or are you wrong and generally suck at life?