Common comments on interracial dating
If you can’t really love your own, how can you really love others? I’m focussing on Scott here and why I find the Right’s attacks on her so offensive. However, I don’t think the people posting these quotes and trying to get their readers angry at Scott are actually cowards and that’s what is so infuriating.
To explain, let me call up yet another quote, this time, one of the favorites of Conservative commentators; Eric Holder’s “nation of cowards” comment. However, the full quote was strictly about race relations: “Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial we have always been and continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards.” Here is Jill Scott, an intelligent woman, trying to have a thoughtful conversation about race relations in America and what is the Right doing? As the Big Hollywood post proves, this whole “outrage” is completely disingenuous.
We share our culture sometimes to our own peril and most of us love the very notion of love.
My position is that for women of color, this very common ‘wince’ has solely to do with the African story in America.” Even in the Big Hollywood article about Scott (the one written with the ready-to-incite headline of “Like Rapper Common, White House Guest Jill Scott ‘Winces’ at Interracial Relationships”), the writer admits that Scott’s column is “artful” and that “she firmly stated that she was not raised to view people by the color of their skin.” However, he then instantly jumps back to the cop-out hypothetical of “WHAT IF A WHITE PERSON SAID IT???
The Right frequently mentions only those three words when quoting Holder, thus using it as proof of the Obama administration’s lack of belief in American exceptionalism (“How dare they call us cowards! This is just an example of finding any possible excuse to get people to hate Michelle Obama and therefore her husband and therefore his administration. Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as united, in anything related to what are political rivals are doing, we have always been and continue to be, in too many ways, a nation of pissy, little jerks.
Selectively quoting from year-old columns by random event guests to attack the Obamas?
At first, I wondered why on earth Drudge Report was interested in a year old column by a singer.Then it hit me; she’s going to the White House, isn’t she?Sure enough, Scott is the latest guest of the First Lady’s poetry event to come under fire from the Right.The column did indeed cause a small controversy when it first came out, however, it’s important to look beyond the scandal then and the (manufactured) one now and see that it is actually a very thoughtful piece.If you read past the provocative quote that Drudge tweeted, you’ll see that Scott is actually analyzing the internal conflict she has between being raised to view everyone as equal despite the color of their skin and the subconscious discomfort she feels seeing a successful black man dating a white woman.
This anxiety is prevalent enough that it has inspired an entire character type in movies and TV, the Evil White Women who frequently is depicted as a mistress or girlfriend to a successful black man.