What’s worse… when a person makes a textbook racist comment or when it is applauded by a large audience? I don’t know. Was Adolf Hitler worse than the Nazis that cheered him on? Was Governor George Wallace worse than the Democrats that encouraged him? Today we have entertainer Jamie Foxx making racist comments at the NAACP Image Awards and a predominantly black audience applauding his statement. tell me, what’s worse?
Yes, you heard correct. During his acceptance speech as Entertainer of the Year on February 1st at the NAACP Image Awards, Jamie Fox said the following:
All I can say is I’m so humbled tonight. I was thinking about all the stuff that I was going to say personally about myself, and I was gonna be all about me and how I did it, and how me and me and I and I, and then you watch Harry Belafonte and Sidney Poitier come out, and you say to yourself it’s really not big of a deal of what you are doing just yet.
I have so many things I wanted to say, but after watching and listening to Harry Belafonte speak, sometimes I feel like somehow I failed a little bit in being caught up in what I do, or maybe that’s the young generation, and that’s what it is. But I guarantee you that I’m going to work a whole lot harder man.
Black people are the most talented people in the world. I, it’s, I can’t explain it. You can’t sit in this room and not watch Gladys Knight sing and go like, “Golly, what in the world?
Really? “Black people are the most talented people in the world?” I am not saying that black people are not talented. Nor am I saying that white people are more talented. For the record, I think every individual — regardless of race — has certain talents and that no one race is more collectively talented than another. Yet, Jamie Foxx believes that his race — not his ambition, not his work ethic, not his God-given or natural born talent — is the reason for his success that has earned him an American Music Award, two BET Award, two Grammy Awards, five NAACP Image Awards, three Soul Train Awards, an Academy Award, a BAFTA, a Golden Globe, SAG Award, and numerous Critics Awards.
His race, really?
Let’s check a dictionary. According to Merriam-Websters dictionary, the number one definition of racism is as follows:
1: a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race
Clearly, since Jamie Foxx believes that the primary determinant of a trait and capacity that produces inherent superiority in the field of entertainment belongs solely to black people, his statement — without question — is racist. Textbook racist.
Yet, there are still people in the United States, mainly Democrats, that believe Jamie Foxx is not only correct in his statement, but believe it is not even racist. They say racism requires a power differential. That regardless of the fact that black people (like Obama, like Foxx, like Justice Thomas, like Michael Jordan, like R. Donahue Peebles, like Quintin Primo III and so on) achieve success in a predominately white dominated society, that no black person could ever make a racist comment because white people are the social majority. This belief comes from their confusion between being a “minority” and being a victim of “racism.” The two are not synonymous and the definition is clear. If you believe that a person’s race makes them superior to all other people of other races, that is racism. And Jamie Foxx is a racist.
The saddest part about this is that a double-standard exists. Jamie Foxx will not come under criticism for making such a remark. It’s even worse since this was said on the heels of his SNL performance in which he said of his role in Django, “I get free. I save my wife and I kill all the white people in the movie. How great is that?” But nobody, with the exception of right wing bloggers like me, will take issue with it.
We all know would happen to the white person who took a role where they killed all the black people in a movie and then bragged about it later saying, “I save my wife and I kill all the black people in the movie. How great is that?” And then later saying, “White people are the most talented people in the world. I, it’s, I can’t explain it. You can’t sit in this room and not watch Adele sing and go like, “Golly, what in the world?” We all know that would be the end of that person’s career. But Jamie Foxx says it and not a peep.
Equality is either a two-way street, or it is not. Racism is either a two way street, or it is not. And sadly, America is turning into a one way street in which inequality and racism for one race is not only tolerated, it is accepted and applauded.
Again, I ask, which is worse… the racist or the society encouraging it?
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