By Dr. Sinclair N. Grey III
Let’s not fool ourselves and think we are living in a post-racial world. Even though you may not see the era of Jim Crow clearly, the truth of the matter is that racism is still alive and well. Whoever believes racism is not happening today isn’t living in the real world.
The election of Donald Trump to be President of the United States has reignited racism, hatred, prejudice, and xenophobia to a whole new level. In fact, before Trump won the election, his campaign was fueled with anything but honesty. We cannot be naive and think his administration is interested in unifying and healing the United States. Think about it – everything he’s done since his election has been divisive.
Because of Trump’s presence in the White House, white commentators, as well as white politicians, seem to think it’s okay to mock and make fun of Black politicians. For those who are familiar with the way of times, this comes as no surprise.
The latest victim of an unfair and unjust rant is Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-Ca). Fox political pundit and (racist) Bill O’Reilly made a lewd comment about Congresswoman Waters while she was delivering a speech. O’Reilly said, “I didn’t hear a word she said. I was looking at the James Brown wig.”
Several commentators laughed at the comment while one woman defended Waters.
According to an article in Rolling Out, “This is just the another example of O’Reilly’s televised racism. He once said Trump would have a hard time helping Blacks because they are “ill-educated and have tattoos on their foreheads.” He once called Black Lives Matters “violent” and said the group is “killing America.” He once referred to Morehouse College professor Marc Lamont Hill as a “drug dealer.” And he also told Martin Luther King III that young Black girls should wear, “Don’t Get Pregnant at 14 T-shirts.”
Here’s the question – should African-Americans let O’Reilly off the hook?
Dr. Sinclair Grey III is a speaker, author, and success coach. Contact him at www.sinclairgrey.org, email@example.com or on Twitter @drsinclairgrey