*Liberal radio host Stephanie Miller apparently thought she was being humorous when she attempted to mock what she perceives to be racism among conservative opponents of President Barack Obama on Tuesday. Her method, however, consisted of suggesting that future black presidents will embrace “gangsta” stereotypes, reports Mediate.com.
“When we look back in history not only will he be seen at a great President we will have had 20 more black presidents, and they will all be progressively blacker until every tea party head in the country explodes,” Miller began.
She said she hopes that future African-American presidents will be closer to rappers 50 Cent and Ludacris than Obama.
“I hope future State of the Unions start with ‘Sup, America,” Miller continued.
“Yeah, here comes the first lady,” she added after playing a Ludacris song in which he claims to want a “freak in the sheets.”
“She’s the first lady in the bed,” Miller said of the future African-American president’s wife.
“And then the gansta mic drop at the end of every State of the Union,” Miller continued.
“I just said objects in the mirror may seem blacker than they appear,” she concluded. “In history, President Obama will seem less black and scary to many of the, the tea party will be extinct then.”
Listen to the audio below via The Stephanie Miller Show:
*A well-known pastor of a Texas mega church once said “when you hold on to your history you hold on at the expense of your destiny,” because most people are so busy being unhappy and unproductive they spend little to no time in the pursuit of happiness and life-changing productivity.
And while I tend to agree with the pastor, the reality is that somebody has been working overtime re-enforcing hate, negative stereotypes and teaching children to do the same.
It’s no wonder fifty years after the March on Washington a police officer still will shoot a black man ten times and call it a justifiable death and Miss America gets what amounts to internet hate mail because of her brown skin.
No matter how much we try to get past our history some people are determined to shove racism in our faces then tell us it’s a figment of our imagination when we call them on it.Therein lies the dilemma. We push our children to follow their wildest dreams, while preparing them for what we know to be the reality: Even when you are twice as good as the competition, some people continue to judge you by the color of your skin.
And even when you’ve committed no crime, you are presumed guilty and could be killed because of it.Sure there’s that ten percent who are nationally recognized and have crossed over the invisible line of acceptance. But ninety percent still have not. And sometimes, as is the case in Chicago, black people are killing themselves more frequently than anyone else. Without knowing it, their violence perpetuates the negative stereotypes and, some say, justifies the hate. Even the president can’t escape haters in congress who would rather see the government shut down than to fund a medical insurance plan created by a black man.
Or is that just my imagination?
If we’re going to continue to push for justice and social equality it’s going to take more than a change in the laws. It’s going to take a change of people’s hearts and minds by re-enforcing love, positive stereotypes and teaching children to do the same. That’s probably going to take working triple-time.
Steffanie is a freelance journalist living in the Dallas, Texas metroplex. For comments, questions or speaking inquiries contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
*A leading human rights group has called on Dunkin’ Donuts to withdraw a “bizarre and racist” advertisement for chocolate donuts that shows a smiling woman in blackface makeup.
The Dunkin’ Donuts franchise in Thailand launched a campaign earlier this month for its new “Charcoal Donut,” featuring an image reminiscent of 19th and early 20th century American stereotypes for black people that are considered offensive symbols of a racist era.
Human Rights Watch said Friday that it was shocked to see an American brand name running an advertising campaign that would draw “howls of outrage” if released in the United States.
Dunkin’ Donuts’ CEO in Thailand, Nadim Salhani, dismissed the criticism as “paranoid American thinking” and called it “absolutely ridiculous.”
*Since the Johnson’s sold BET to the wolves, the network has taken on a new look, new theme, and a new direction. And neither side seems very happy about it.
Sheila Johnson, co-founder of the black network, gave BET a piece of her mind before, and she did it again, recently.
She was the speaker at the “Conversations and Encounters” program at the Carmel Art and Film Festival in Monterey County, Calif. this weekend.
She shared her story about the successes and life achievements both she and her husband built together over the years, expressing that she is most proud of BET’s Teen Summit, which ran from 1989 to 2002.
But her moment of admitted accomplishments quickly turned to what appeared to be disappointment and built up anger; claiming that her product now ”reinforces negative stereotypes of young people, African Americans in particular.”
And you know it didn’t end there.
“I think we squandered a really important cable network, when it really could have been the voice of Black America. We’re losing our voice as a race as a result,” she ranted. “I’m really worried about what our young people are watching. There are so many young people who are using the television as a babysitter. We have parents who are not being parents and not monitoring what their children are watching.”
And there it is. From the founder herself to your ears, she admits BET has transformed into a vehicle for buffoonery.
On the other hand, she did not offer any suggestions.
*As African Americans we fight stereotypes and deal with them on a daily basis.
But black women deal with them in their own unique, exhausting way.
In an article on Essence, writer Demetria Lucas talks about how tiring it could get battling stereotypes:
Earlier this week, I stumbled across another thought-provoking article on Clutch that made me go “hmmm.” In “Sorry to Disappoint You, But I’m Not an Angry Black Woman,” Shayla Pierce wrote about the ways she’s been unduly stereotyped as being, you know, angry. She detailed an experience at a restaurant where she was dissatisfied with her food, pointed out the issue and politely asked for a new item.
“I expected the waiter to blush with embarrassment, or to apologize or even to send for the manager so he can comp my meal,” Pierce wrote. “Instead, when I looked back at the waiter, his eyes were wide with fear, like a deer’s seconds before a car collides into it.”
Jamaican twins, Crystal and Chantel, set the record straight on Jamaican stereotypes.
*If you haven’t been to Jamaica and you rely on American media for your perception of Jamaica, know that they have had enough of it!
Well a set of Jamaican twins have had enough of it and they are setting the record straight.
The two, Crystal and Chantel, sit in what seems to be their bedroom, and they let those who think they say “mon” all the time and sleep in huts instead of houses, (more…)