It seems that everything is about race. Comedic actor Jamie Foxx said as much. The “Django Unchained” star said, “every single thing in my life is built around race.” On one level I can understand what Foxx is saying. Blacks have been treated terribly in America. To this day, there is racial bigotry and prejudging.
Blacks wear their blackness because their skin is black. There’s no getting around it.
“As black folks we’re always sensitive,” Foxx said. “As a black person it’s always racial. I come into this place to do a photo shoot and they got Ritz crackers and cheese — I’ll be like, ain’t this a b—-. Y’all didn’t know black people was coming. What’s with all this white s—? By the same token, if there is fried chicken and watermelon I’ll say ain’t this a b—-? So, no matter what we do as black people it’s always gonna be that. Every single thing in my life is built around race. I don’t necessarily speak it because you can’t.”
Understanding how blacks think is important. Understanding the long history of black struggle is also important. No white person can understand it. Jews can, but for different reasons.
Having said this, whites seem to get dumped on by some blacks because whites are white.
There are tens of millions of white people who want to understand, who want to do the right thing. But it seems that too many blacks don’t want a real remedy. It seems to me that racial division in America is worse today than it has ever been.
Consider how long it’s taken to rid our language of the ‘N’ word. Just hearing it makes me wince. Foxx’s new film uses the ‘N’ word more than a hundred times.
This sends a mixed message to people who are trying to figure out this race thing. If the word is so bad, why is anybody using it? Blacks calling each other ‘N’ this and ‘N’ that. It makes no sense to white people. In fact, it causes a greater racial divide. The word that comes to mind is hypocrisy and an underlying belief that many blacks aren’t interested in racial harmony.
When Drudge led with the ‘N’ word controversy, Alan Scherstuhl, writing for The Village Voice, wrote the following:
“Drudge ignores context and Tarantino’s artistic aims, of course. . . . Instead, Drudge just puts the very fact out it there, apparently hoping that it illustrates two weary complaints of white conservatives: 1. That liberals are at best hypocritical and at worst the real racists; 2. That if white conservatives have to watch what they say, than everyone else does, too. The assumption is that Tarantino’s film is, by math, 100 or so times worse than, say, the Fox Nation commenter who just spews it once.”
Whites are supposed to understand how blacks feel, but there is no consideration of how confused whites are with what seems to be a very blatant double standard.
How many times have we heard some liberal pop off about conservatives, using demeaning and pornographic language, only to be told, “Well, I didn’t really mean that. After all, I’m a comedian”?
Sure enough, when Foxx was interviewed about “Django Unchained” by Savannah Guthrie from NBC’s Today show about his comments he made while hosting Saturday Night Live, he said: “I’m a comedian. So, I mean, I’m not a — I don’t even know what to say.”
And what did Foxx say on Saturday Night Live? His character gets to “kill all the white people. How great is that?”
Personally, I think that’s funny. But I bet you that there are a lot of black kids out there who aren’t comedians who also think it’s funny, but in a different way.
Let me tell you what’s not funny. When somebody actually means it and nobody from the black community says a thing about it. Take, for example the comments of Harry Belafonte in his interview with Al Sharpton saying without pause or as a “comedian,” President Obama should rule like a third-world dictator, round up his GOP opposition, and put them behind bars.
“That there should be this lingering infestation of really corrupt people who sit trying to dismantle the wishes of the people, the mandate that has been given to Barack Obama, and I don’t know what more they want,” he said. “The only thing left for Barack Obama to do is to work like a third world dictator and just put all these guys in jail.”
“The wishes of the people”? More than 60 million voters opposed President Obama, and the House of Representatives remains in the hands of the opposition party. It’s the nature of our political system to have a divided government so we don’t get a dictatorship like Belafonte wants when his favorite dictator is in power.