It’s Because I’m Black Isn’t It? Celebrities Who’ve Abused the Race Card
When black folks abuse the race card, it makes it harder on all of us. The next time someone questions whether race affected their job, their treatment at the club or even their grades in school, remember to thank people like these 15 celebrities. They’ve been using their celebrity to cry wolf and giving fuel to the white folks who doubt whether racism exists at all.
Nicki Minaj has single-handedly set the race card back several years. First she called Steven Tyler racist for saying she would have sent Bob Dylan “to the cornfield” if he was contestant. Then, when she allegedly threatened to shoot Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj pulled the race card again and accused Barbara Walters of racism when she took Mariah’s side of the story without getting hers:
“Am I not good enough for you [Walters] to get my side, because I’m a little black girl that raps?”
Maybe Barbara was just afraid she’d get shot. At this point, Nicki’s more famous for being crazy than for being a black rapper.
In an interview with AllHipHop Marlon Wayans said that he never pulled the race card. Immediately after that, he pulled the race card when discussing why his character wasn’t asked to continue on in the next installment of GI Joe:
“The last one they realized the black guy [Damon’s character Ripcord] was the hero of the movie. So, they said ‘You know what? We’re going to do the sequel just so we can fix that. Let’s kill the black guy’.”
When Shawty Lo’s reality show All My Babies’ Mamas was canceled, his camp released this statement:
So here’s the question, would you rather see 11 children struggle with mothers on welfare? Or watch a man support his children? Does it come down to the race card?
Other networks that currently showcase polygamy, promiscuity, and alcoholism, are on the air, with multiple mothers and magnitudes of children. So what’s the difference? Because Shawty Lo is black and a rapper? Yes, I said it he’s black, ( just in case you didn’t already know ).
In a TV climate where shows like Love & Hip Hop make it big and reality TV is full of baby mamas and jump offs, the race card is rarely ever the issue. Shawty Lo’s show didn’t get canceled because he’s black. It got cancelled because he fathered 11 children with 10 different mothers and Oxygen wasn’t prepared to celebrate a man who may have damaged 11 lives by not wrapping it up.
Pulling the race card is one of Naomi’s favorite things to do.
In 2008, Naomi pulled the race card again when explaining why she beat up two police officers on British Airways. She says they (both?) called her a “golliwog supermodel” but no one supported her story. Plus that was like Naomi’s tenth public beat down so people were starting to think the problem might be her.
You don’t have to be wrong about the race card to be abusing it. After Colin Powell offended most of the black community by serving as the former president Bush’s Secretary of State, he switched to the democratic party when being associated with racists was no longer politically viable.
Then, he started throwing shade at his former party members. Recently on NBC’s Meet the Press Sunday, Colin Powell said that he left the Republican party because Republicans “still sort of look down on minorities.” Then he went on and list every racist comment he ever heard while he was with the party.
Nobody doubts that there are racists in the Republican party. But when that information comes from one of their former supporters, it makes Colin look more like a snitch with no loyalty than a victim of racism.
A few weeks ago, Star Jones pulled the race card on Obama’s behalf and blamed failed negotiations on the fiscal cliff on racist Republicans. According to her:
Now we all know she’s right. But this statement of the obvious looks more like attention sloring than political debate.
Back in December, Katt was arrested on Weho street in Hollywood. In an interview shortly after, Katt pulled the race card to explain his arrest:
“I got stopped for being black on the gayest street in the America. “
“I came to hang with my gay friends and this is what happened. There was 8 officers, they were everywhere, I came to pick up Shug Knight. He was getting a manicure.”
“All I did was stand outside to pick him up. And suddenly it was all these officers and then they found my weed and my guns…”
“Eventually they let me go because I’m Teflon Kitty. “
Now normally we’d have a brother’s back when he claims he was arrested for loitering while black. But this is Katt’s third race card in a month. He also said that boy at Wal-Mart called him the n-word before he slapped him. Then he blamed his infamous night club brawl on the family he beat up saying that the man used the n-word and said “f–k Obama.” Either something funny is going on on the west coast or Katt is having trouble taking responsibility for his actions.
Not only did Wesley Snipes not pay his taxes from 1999-2004, he was involved in a scam to defraud the IRS with the help of a few buddies of his. When the IRS finally caught Wesley red-handed, Wesley pulled the race card and said that he was singled out for prosecution because he was black and tax-evading buddies were white. No Wesley, you were prosecuted because you didn’t pay your taxes for five years.
Rapper Tim Dog got caught red handed trying to revive his rap career by meeting rich middle-aged white women out of their money — while he was married. Dateline caught his last scam on camera.
When asked to explain himself via a Dateline interview, Tim Dog copped the race card plea.
He said if he wasn’t a black man living in Mississippi, prosecutors never would have made a case out of the financial arrangements he had with the women he was “dating”.
He plead guilty though.
O.J. pulls the race card every time he’s on the stand. First he said they accused him of murdering his wife just because he was black. We had his back then, but when O.J. was convicted of armed robbery almost a decade later, he pulled the race card again to try to get his conviction overturned.
According to O.J., he wouldn’t have been convicted if there were more black people on the jury. As a black person, I’m not sure that’s true.
When that picture allegedly showing Keyshia Cole giving sloppy toppy to a dude surfaced on the internet, Keyshia Cole defended herself with the race card. She implied that she was only getting hated on because black people like to tear other black people down.
But I thought she wasn’t black? And that did look like her on the cool.
Lil’ Wayne pulled the race card while throwing a hissy fit over not getting special treatment by the Oklahoma City Thunder. Weezy said he wanted season tickets and special security parking at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. When he was informed that season tickets were already sold out and he couldn’t have special parking he said he was denied because he was black. When a few players stepped up to give him tickets, he said he didn’t want them because the players were black. Weezy wanted his tickets from the white man so he’d feel that he was watching the game where he was wanted.
Kanye’s ego made him pull the race card back in 2007. When the executives at the MTV Awards chose Britney Spears to open the show instead of him, he concluded that it could only be because he’s black — because Kanye thinks Kanye is the greatest entertainer that ever lived and anyone who disagrees must have ulterior motives.
When Isaiah Washington was fired from Gray’s Anatomy, he blamed the race card. According to Isaiah, he was fired because he was black, spoke his mind and refused to be submissive:
“Well, it didn’t help me on the set that I was a black man who wasn’t a mush-mouth Negro walking around with his head in his hands all the time. I didn’t speak like I’d just left the plantation and that can be a problem for people sometime,” he said.
“I had a person in human resources tell me after this thing played out that `some people’ were afraid of me around the studio. I asked her why, because I’m a 6-foot-1, black man with dark skin and who doesn’t go around saying `Yessah, massa sir’ and `No sir, massa’ to everyone?
“It’s nuts when your presence alone can just scare people, and that made me a prime candidate to take the heat in a dysfunctional family,” he said.”
But Isaiah forgot to mention that he was badgering his co-workers and called one gay co-worker the f-word on set — twice.
In the most recent in a long list of shenanigans, Deion Sanders was accused of illegally recruiting football and basketball players to Prime Prep Academy — the school he co-founded.
When interviewed, he said that people were hating on him not because he was up to anything illegal but because he was black and they didn’t want to see a black man shine. Then he called the (white) reporter an “African-American killer.”