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‘They Just Need To Get Over It:’ Tamera Mowry Strikes Back At People Who Have Issues With Her Interracial Marriage
In January actress Tamera Mowry-Housley appeared on an episode of “Oprah: Where Are They Now?” alongside her twin sister Tia Mowry-Hardict. In the interview, Tamera opened up about some of the harsh comments people have been sending her on social media sites like Instagram and Twitter regarding her interracial marriage to Fox News corespondent Adam Housley.
“It’s so weird,” she recently told Bethenny Frankel during a TV appearance. “I think maybe because social media is what it is right now. I have a Twitter account and people feel like they can just come to it and say whatever but I’ve learned to love my block button.”
Like her younger brother, Taj Mowry, Tamera also discussed social media users who attack her for having white friends.
“Please, they don’t even know me. They don’t know my friends. Honestly, who cares?”
In addition to ignoring rude commenters, Tamera says she combats the negativity by focusing on the positive.
“I’m just choosing to see the positive side of it. We have more people loving on us than hating on us and we are choosing to focus on that now.”
While she did find a way to cope with it all, “The Real” host admits that it doesn’t take away the sting of the hateful comments she receives.
“My mom is a beautiful black woman and my dad is a very handsome white man,” she explained. “I was actually hurt because my parents had experienced it way back in the day and I was hurt because we as a community have come so far and we fight against it all the time. I was hurt that people still felt that way but the opposite way, you see what I’m saying? So if anything, I was devastated, hurt, and like I said I’m just going to pray and look at the positive.”
Well, at least she’s not allowing it to get the best of her anymore.
Watch Tamera’s interview on the next page.
Social media has made it easier for people to express themselves–and we mean everyone, even racists. And about every nine seconds, someone posts a potentially racist tweet, reports The Huffington Post.
According to a new study from the British think tank Demos, some 10,000 tweets daily use language that some might consider offensive. But if it’s any consolation, further examination may find that many of the tweets aren’t derogatory but use terms that could go in that direction.
Take for example, tweets that use the term “white boy,” which in every instance isn’t racially charged. There are also potentially racist phrases used in a non-derogatory way such as “appropriated” words — “when a hateful word is used by members of the group it’s directed against to describe themselves as well as their friends and other members of the community,” reports HuffPo.
So up to 70 percent of the tweets featuring racist language may not be derogatory. But between 500 and 2,000 tweets are aimed at an individual and abusive. To us, even one racist tweet it one too many.
Last year, the Floating Sheep project published a map showing areas of the country that sent out the most racist tweets. Students from Humboldt State University examined at 150,000 geotagged racist and homophobic tweets sent between June 2012 and April 2013 for a project called the “Geography of Hate.” Surprisingly tweets using the “n” word were not only from the South, but the Northeast as well. This study however did not analyze the tweets to see if the word was used in a derogatory manner.
Have you seen many racists tweets?
I’m never one for making generalizations or blanket statements that reinforce stereotypes. But there’s a big, ugly secret about the fashion world: it’s plagued by racism.
No secret to you? I imagine it wouldn’t be when Barneys irrationally arrests black men for shopping, Vogue puts maybe one black woman on the cover a year (if that) and Bethann Hardison pleads for more models of color on runways. The writing, for the most part, is on the wall.
But what isn’t talked about are the day-to-day struggles of being a black fashion editor/writer/journalists/blogger. Well, the wait is over though, I’m here to vent.
In the thick of New York Fashion Week, one of my co-workers asked a frank question. Having heard negative sentiments from another black fashion editor earlier in the day she asked, “Have you ever experienced anything racist while reporting on shows?”
I burst. And for two good reasons: First, I’m from Florida. Which at this point is the nation’s armpit of justice. It’s a rare occasion when one can actively hunt down and shoot someone, then walk away a free man. It’s like the Wild West with beaches, T-Pain and Cuban food. But for all of its faults, it has always been clear when someone is treating you crappy because of your melanin.
Now, New York. It’s a whole different beast. A more subtle form of racism masked as elitism. And elitism is a cornerstone of fashion– my second reason for bursting.
Multiply those two factors and it equals a cautious me who analyses every nudge, lost name on the RSVP list and unfriendly glance I regularly get at shows. My slight paranoia is usually justified by a paper thin white girl with a clipboard –who’s probably an intern– ignoring my presence as a professionally employed writer. There was one occasion where I stood in the lobby of an intimate showroom for five solid minutes while all the PR people busily worked on ignoring me, until I finally showed myself the new collection and walked out.
It’s an unstated message of my presence not being wanted or expected in such an exclusive “Girls Club,” and as a result my self-worth is constantly challenged. If you don’t notice my being upset, it’s because I’ve masked it under the gauze of a “snatched” figure, “beat” face and “fierce” heels, but trutfully we all have the same plight. We just learn to step it up and adapt. Fashion just requires more clothing.
I pray that one day there is respect across every field regardless of race. But in the meantime every black girl needs two things to make it in fashion: A high pair of heels and thick skin– wear both proudly.
Danielle Kwateng is the News Writer for StyleBlazer.com.
A couple of weeks ago, actress Tamera Mowry tearfully confessed to Oprah Winfrey some of the harsh things that Internet users have been saying to her about her interracial marriage to Fox News correspondent Adam Housley. Just days later, Adam also spoke out about some of the disheartening comments.
“The fact that in this day and age, we get attacked for our interracial relationship is beyond sad,” the Fox News Anchor complained. “It is pathetic. Yes I am white. Yes she is half black. Marrying a white man does not erase her color and marrying a woman who is half black does not mean I am blinded. The problem isn’t pigmentation,” said Adam. “The problem is backwards, bigoted thoughts from people who should know better.”
During a recent appearance on “The Wendy Williams Show,” Tamera’s younger brother, Tahj Mowry,also discussed some of the backlash his sister has received and expressed that he has experienced his share of racism, too.
“Yeah, I deal with it too. If I post a picture with all White friends around me, [people will say] I don’t have any Black friends. Someone told me the other day, ‘Embrace your Black side.’ And I was like, ‘You don’t know me. What are you talking about?! I’ve never hung out with you in my life.’
“When people ask me what I am, I say I’m Black. So when people tell me to embrace my ‘Black side,’ it’s like what? I went to a historically black college. I just don’t understand it.”
Speaking of his sisters, he also reiterated that having sisters with children is the best form of birth control.
“Unclehood is great. I always say it’s the best form of birth control, because if they poop or pee I can hand them right back to Tia or Tamera. But I love being an uncle, I love it.”
Watch Tahj’s full interview on the next page.
Is racism getting better or worse? Once upon a time, a few n-bombs could ruin your career. Now it seems like recently celebrities are getting comfortable with feeling like they get a pass on casual racism.
Madonna broke new ground in race relations when she dropped the n-bomb in this Instagram of her son and then refused to apologize like it was OK.
“There’s no doubt that there’s some folks who just really dislike me because they don’t like the idea of a black President.”
But he also acknowledged the fact that his blackness has been beneficial to his political career as well.
“Now, the flip side of it is there are some black folks and maybe some white folks who really like me and give me the benefit of the doubt precisely because I’m a black President,”
One the first glance, reading that quote, it’s like “Duh! You ain’t said nothing we haven’t known to be true for years now.” It’s just a big deal because it’s probably something that never occurred to a whole lot of white folks.
In fact, some are mocking the claims, citing the president’s other shortcomings as reason for their distaste.
But that’s the job of president, nearly everything that goes wrong in the lives of the people will be attributed to the head honcho. Some of it legitimately. During the interview though, Obama did admit that sometimes the Democratic party has been labeled as shrugging off “the concerns of middle and working class folks, black or white.”
Truth is, whether blatantly or latently, some white folks don’t like that the man the President of these United State, is black. Can’t stand it in fact.
It’s the same thing Jimmy Carter said in 2009, right after South Carolina representative Joe Wilson screamed “You lie!” as the president was speaking to Congress.
“When a radical fringe element of demonstrators and others begin to attack the president of the United States as an animal or as a reincarnation of Adolf Hitler or when they wave signs in the air that said we should have buried Obama with Kennedy, those kinds of things are beyond the bounds. I think people who are guilty of that kind of personal attack against Obama have been influenced to a major degree by a belief that he should not be president because he happens to be African American.
It’s a racist attitude, and my hope is and my expectation is that in the future both Democratic leaders and Republican leaders will take the initiative in condemning that kind of unprecedented attack on the president of the United States. I think an overwhelming portion of the intensely demonstrated animosity toward President Barack Obama is based on the fact that he is a black man, that he’s African-American. I live in the South, and I’ve seen the South come a long way, and I’ve seen the rest of the country that shares the South’s attitude toward minority groups at that time, particularly African-Americans.”
The key is, it’s not so much that folks fundamentally disagree with the president but the fact that several people, those who hold office and others, outright disrespect the man who holds the highest office in the land as if he were… I can’t even think of what type of person would deserve such treatment.
Anyway, my friend brought another layer of interesting to this discussion. She noted that The Obama administration tried to distance themselves from the issue of race during his first term. When Carter made those comments, President Obama’s former press secretary Robert Gibbs tried to downplay it or gloss over the whole racial component as one of the primary reasons behind the attacks and disrespect. But now that the president is speaking for himself on the issue, it’s no need to lie (Craig).
We all know first term President Obama was really not trying to let race shroud the actual work he and his staff were attempting to do in office. But second term Obama has nothing to lose and is better off just keeping it real and acknowledging that this country is still dealing with the disease of racism.
At the end of the day President Obama and the White House’s handling of the race issue, in some ways, mirror the lives of millions of African Americans attempting to be judged on merit alone in this country. We would love to live and work in environments where something as socially constructed and ultimately trivial as race would not influence the way people treat us and rate our job performance. And we acknowledge that there are certain privileges and loyalties we’re afforded because of our blackness. Even though many of us wouldn’t trade it, being black is a trip. And in this country, race and racism is always there and sometimes just too “in your face” to ignore. And in those instances there’s certainly nothing wrong with speaking out.
What do you think about President Obama’s assertion? Are you surprised he finally acknowledged the racial disrespect?
Colorism is a hot topic lately. Iyanla Vanzant and Oprah Winfrey recently discussed the issue of discrimination based on skin color during an episode of Oprah’s Lifeclass.
According to the provocative report, people subconsciously remember educated black men as having lighter skin.
“Black individuals who defy social stereotypes might not challenge social norms sufficiently but rather may be remembered as lighter, perpetuating status quo beliefs,” the study says. So basically, according to the study, the darker a person, the more ignorant people perceive him to be–and these thoughts are for the most part are subconscious.
The study was published in the journal Sage Open, and included two experiments using students from the university.
In both experiments, students were subliminally shown one of two words: “ignorant” or “educated,” reports The Huffington Post. Then they were shown a photo of a black man after which they were shown seven photos with the same man’s face just with varying skin tones. Three photos were darker in skin tone, three photos were of lighter complexions, and one was the original. Next the students were asked to select the correct photo.
The study participants who were initially shown the word “educated” most often selected a man with lighter skin-tone.
According to the study’s authors,”Phenotypic features associated with the social categorization of racial groups have been strongly linked to stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination. Notably, individuals perceived to possess higher levels of Afrocentric features (e.g., dark skin, full lips, wide nose, coarse hair) have been subject to increased negative stereotyping…leading to real-world repercussions, such as receiving longer prison sentences for crimes equated for severity and priors.”
And the authors point out colorism isn’t a problem only African Americans face. They say it even affects whites and Latinos as well.
From The Grio
Rawcus, a newcomer to rap, is an Atlanta emcee who released the music video to his song “White People Crazy” earlier this week.
It has to be seen to be believed.
Over a southern trap beat, Rawcus spits sing along lyrics about white people (name checking Walter White, Miley Cyrus and “half” of President Obama) and all the “crazy” things they do.
Throughout the entire video, Rawcus and his friends watch viral clips of Caucasian people doing silly and dangerous stunts ranging from kissing dogs on the mouth to jumping off the roofs of houses.
Humor based off racial stereotypes can be potentially offensive, but the YouTube comments left for Rawcus’ video appear overwhelmingly positive.
Read more on this new song at TheGrio.com
I know, it seems like every time Tia and Tamera’s names come up, it has something to do with their relationships with their respective husbands. You may or may not be tired of hearing about it, but surely no more than Tamera Mowry is tired of being attacked for who she chose to marry.
We just told you earlier in the week that Tia & Tamera would appear on OWN’s Oprah: Where Are They Now” and there was a super quick cut to Tamera saying, “This is where I get emotional.” But now, they’ve released the full clip and Tamera talks about how hurtful it is to her when she hears or reads things people say about her marriage to Adam Housely:
“This is the big one. They say, ‘Tia’s a true black woman because she married a black man.’ Oh, I’m less of a black person because I married white.”
Tia, on the other hand, says that people have said to her that Tamera’s “done it right” by marrying a white man.
Most of this has to be internet “thuggery” because people would have to really be crazy to say some of the things Tamera says she’s heard to her face. One can also assume that so many negative comments had a hand in them deciding to leave reality television alone and start being more private.
While this episode of Oprah: Where Are They Now? has already aired, they’re always showing reruns so it shouldn’t be hard to catch again. New episodes air Fridays at 8p on OWN.
It’s no secret that when you think, historically, about ballet, you’ll realize that there haven’t been a slew of black and brown faces. The dance is largely dominated, throughout the world, by whites. But that doesn’t mean black girls haven’t dreamed of tying up their own set of powder pink slippers and stretching their bodies into graceful angles.
Eighteen year old Precious Adams, of Detroit, was able to make that dream a reality. Her talent even led her away from the U.S. to pursue ballet at Russia’s iconic Bolshoi Theater. And though the opportunity is great for her career, it hasn’t come without its own set of challenges. In an article from The Moscow Times, Adams explained the discrimination and outright racism she’s had to endure since dancing at the Russian company.
In one anecdote, an instructor evaluating which students would be able to participate in the academy’s 240th anniversary celebration, walked up to Adams and asked her plainly, “What are you doing here?” and then told her to leave the audition room. And that’s just the beginning. Adams says she’s been left out of performances and been told to ‘try and rub the black off.’
Adams says she does have allies at the academy but sometimes they are rendered powerless.
“Some of the teachers know in the back of their minds that it is unfair, because they know that I can do what these other people are doing just as good if not better than them. Teachers have tried to vouch for me before, but if the almighty voice says it’s not right — it doesn’t look right — then whatever they say goes.”
Adams says she knew that there was a pervasive element of racism in Russia before she ever got there. But she wasn’t willing to forgo the opportunity. Though this is the farthest she’s had to relocate, it certainly wasn’t the first time. After she began ballet lessons at 5, her craft led her farther and farther away from home. She’s studied in New York City, Toronto and Monaco before winning a scholarship to study Russian and ballet at the Bolshoi program.
Though the school has become more open to international students, including Americans whose tuition is helping fund the school’s renovations, Adams says her darker skin tone has singled her out from her classmates and prevented her from being cast in certain roles, particularly group pieces.
Adams has endured injustices like a teacher suggesting she use skin bleaching cream to be here at the Academy. And though she was only there to progress, the racism may be negatively affecting her career. Adams says, “If I’d gone anywhere else, I’d probably have a lot more experience.” Adams explained that performance time, “directly relates to you getting a job. If I can say I’ve only performed on stage four times out of the past three years, it doesn’t look good.”
When the Bolshoi Academy was asked to address Adams’ concerns they said that they had not received any complaints of discrimination and noted that all students get to participate in onstage practice and said that Adams has received high marks for her time on stage.
Adams said she hasn’t complained about the discrimination she’s faced because she didn’t feel like it would have been taken seriously.
“I don’t think there would have been much of a response.” She said that she did not want “to look like I’m weak or that I feel sorry for myself.”
Instead, Adams is choosing to view Bolshoi as a stepping stone instead of a stumbling block.
“I am really just here to get the best training that I can so I can go and be amazing somewhere else, where it is not so racially discriminatory.”
Adams doesn’t plan to stay in Russia after the spring and is looking to study in Western Europe, and North America. She hopes to receive offers from the Canadian National Ballet and the San Francisco Ballet where her younger sister studies.
Later this month she’ll be competing in Switzerland, in front Europe’s top ballet companies, for the Prix de Lusanne. The winner can basically choose their employer.
We’re wishing Precious the best of luck and commend her for her bravery in breaking down racial barriers in ballet.