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by Lavern Merriweather
In Spike Lee’s Oscar nominated masterpiece from 1990 called “Do the Right Thing”, there’s a scene where he’s having a debate with another character from the movie played by the great John Turturro. Mookie, as Spike was named respectively, calls out fellow pizza worker Pino for his dislike of black people even as he reminds him that he likes certain black celebrities such as Prince, Eddie Murphy and Magic Johnson. Pino then explains that those people are different and therefore the exception.
It’s something we see hundreds of times from white people in the media. You Negroes meet our approval unless you do or say something that we don’t like. And apparently, it makes no difference to them that there are white males guilty of the same exact behavior.
Arnold Schwarzenegger groped and fondled many women. Yet, that didn’t stop high-minded folks, including Negroes, to elect him as governor of California. Former two-time president and two-timing husband Bill Clinton cheated excessively on his longtime wife Hillary for years. Yet, when Blasian golfer Tiger Woods was found to be messing around on his wife Elin, those people went into a feeding frenzy, all while saying it was because he tarnished his so-called ‘wholesome’ image, and they felt duped. What the fuck is he supposed to be, Santa Claus!?
That is a total damn crock. They attacked him because they couldn’t stand his half-Negro ass being more successful in their lily white sport than his white male counterparts. I have said many times and in a bunch of posts how fleeting being a celebrity is when you are black. The truth is no matter how wonderful you think you are, in their eyes, it only takes one slip. That still doesn’t seem to stop certain black people who are famous from throwing their own under the bus or getting fool-stupid drunk on the supremacy Kool-Aid like some people I could mention. They seem to believe that they are invincible, which is pure crap.
There are even white males in the media who have the nerve to try and dispel their own hypocrisy by mentioning the black males they don’t criticize, oblivious to the fact that the only reason why those assholes don’t attack them is because they have no reason to. It sure as shit ain’t for lack of trying. The media has been dogging Michael Jordan about his gambling addiction for years, despite that he uses his own money, has never once bet on his sport and it’s really not even any of their damn business. Many white people in the public and media alike even tried to connect Michael’s gambling to his father’s horrific murder. As it turns out that was just a random act of violence which had nothing to do with Michael. But as usual, the white media gossip mill doesn’t need to eat humble pie when they are wrong about Negroes. Nor do they have to apologize when they don’t have their facts straight.
Former Dallas Cowboys NFL superstar Michael Irvin demanded that the very media who disgraced him at every opportunity over a rape charge which later turned out to be phony keep that same intensity to exonerate him. Not only did they not, they attempted to justify their bungling and misinformation with the excuse that he would have been guilty of something eventually anyway. Still, that doesn’t mean that the same people who speak incessantly of others taking accountability for their actions don’t have to practice what they preach.
Several white males cried for the Reverend Jesse Jackson to apologize for his involvement in condemning the three white male college students at the center of the Duke Lacrosse Case. They also called for Al Sharpton’s head after he got associated with Tawana Brawley. She was a Harlem teen that claimed she was raped by a group of white males. The case was said to have been disproven. Yet, Sharpton offered no regret for his participation. I say good for him. If white males want to bitch about not damning those accused without proper proof, they should look for a mirror as the first to blame. They don’t seem to have any issue with jumping on the bandwagon of an accuser when the man charged is a famous black male.
It goes to show that the love and admiration a black person receives from the media, and to some extent the public, is temporary. The same can’t be said for white males. Recently, female blogger Ankhesen Mié gave the media and producer/creator Shonda Rhimes of the hit TV show “Scandal” starring Kerry Washington grief. One of the stars Columbus Short is said to have gotten into a physical altercation with his wife. Once again, the media turned into sharks chasing bloody chum when they saw black faces attached to this story.
She so adroitly and accurately mentioned that there are a number of white male stars who have committed abuse against women. But that doesn’t change the attitude from the public or the press. When Chris Brown was slated to perform at the 2010 Kids Choice Awards, there was an uproar because of his 2009 beating of then girlfriend fellow singer Rhianna. The same holier than high and mighty crowd were probably too busy walking on water to protest this year’s awards host Mark Wahlberg, even though Wahlberg sadistically assaulted an Asian man in a racially motivated attack and removed one of his eyeballs with a hook. The pious brigade of righteousness saw nothing wrong with his participating in a ceremony targeting children. Well there’s a good message to send them!
The message it sends me is that white people are stuck in a perpetual mindset that they are perfect. That even when one of them, especially a public figure, commits a sick, despicable act, he or she will still be beloved. It must be nice to be so arrogantly delusional and full of yourself.