Post-Racial Already? Celebrities Who Say Racism Doesn’t Exist Anymore
Is post-racial America here already? These celebrities say that the days of discrimination are behind us. Do you agree?
Is racism completely “played out?” Kanye recently told the French station CliqueTV,
“It’s like a silly concept that people try to touch on, to separate, to alienate, to pinpoint anything. …That’s racism. It’s not an actual thing that even means anything. It’s something that was used to hold people back in the past, but now there’s been so many leaps and breaking of the rules that it’s like it’s played out like a style from the 1800s or something.”
Or is it like a bouncing ball? Kanye went on to say,
“It’s stupid. It’s like a bouncing ball in a room with two cats or something, when you don’t feel like playing with a cat. Let them literally fight over the bouncing ball. And the bouncing ball has nothing, no purpose, anything other than that it bounces.”
And that’s where he lost us too…
Whoopi says that it’s not that racism in America is gone — it’s just that most of us have no idea what it really is:
“You guys need to know what real racism is. Racism is when someone comes up and says, ‘I hope you die.’ The difference is, my mother [goes] into a place, and they would follow [her] around. Do I think that’s racism? No, that’s ignorance!”
And that’s about the point where Whoopi, Rosie and the other ladies of The View had a serious difference of opinion.
Pharrell Williams told Oprah that black people may have suffered from racism, but not since the “new black” got here:
“The ‘new black’ doesn’t blame other races for our issues. The ‘new black’ dreams and realizes that it’s not a pigmentation; it’s a mentality. And it’s either going to work for you, or it’s going to work against you. And you’ve got to pick the side you’re gonna be on.”
Or is he saying that there is racism, but only in the mentality of “new black” people?
Morgan Freeman surprised CNN’s audience when he said that successful black men like he and Don Lemon are proof that race no longer holds black men back.
When host Don Lemon asked Mr. Freeman if he thought “race plays a part in wealth distribution or either a mindset that you can’t?”
Morgan immediately responded,
“Today? No. You and I…we’re proof. Why would race have anything to do with it? Stick your mind to what you want to do and go for it.”
Does the POTUS play the race card too often?
When Attorney General Eric Holder pointed to racism in the White House as the answer to the question, “What president has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment?” Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough shot claims of racism in the White House down, saying that the President and the Attorney General were simply playing the “race card.”
According to him, Washington is just “a tough place to work” and that Bill Clinton, Janet Reno and Richard Nixon all had to deal with worse from their political opponents. He made no response when commentators pointed out that he was making those statements from an all-white news panel.
During an evening with Bill O’Reilly, Stacey Dash called racism “propoganda.”
Bill O’Reilly: “Correct me if I am wrong, but you don’t believe that society put you down, do you?”
Stacey Dash: “No, I don’t. All we have to do is walk in the opportunity. What has to happen is the disenfranchised and the uninformed need to be educated.”
When O’Reilly asked about Cornell West’s discussions on the idea of “white privilege” Dash called it “propaganda…. That makes it someone else’s fault. Your life, your destiny, anything you want is dependent on somebody else… It’s your responsibility.”
Later, conservative blog The Political Insider called Dash’s response “inspiring.”
During his now-infamous NAACP speech, Bill Cosby said that Civil Rights activists ended racism years ago, but today’s “lower economic” black people are no longer “holding up their end of this deal.”
“People marched and were hit in the face with rocks to get an Education, and now we’ve got these knuckleheads walking around… With names like Shaniqua, Taliqua and Mohammed and all of that crap.
And all of them are in jail. Brown or black versus the Board of Education is no longer the white person’s problem. We, as black folks have to do a better job. Someone working at Wal-Mart with seven kids, you are hurting us. We have to start holding each other to a higher standard.. We cannot blame the white people any longer.”
Last month, NBA legend Charles Barkley tried to change the meaning of #BlackLivesMatter by saying that racism isn’t a problem that needs to be fixed in this country, but a problem with black people that they need to fix themselves.
Fellow former NBA star Karl Malone also says that racism is often just an excuse. Karl admonished people of color to pick up their own bootstraps instead of blaming things on society.
“Stop using the excuse about race. I am sick and tired that every time you turn around, that’s what we dangle … Our problem now is we do so much talking and beating things to death. Let’s take ownership in ourselves … stop waiting for someone to come in and march for us.”
Actress Zoe Saldana says that race is the least of the world’s problems:
“I feel like as a race, that’s a minute problem against the problems we face just as women versus men, in a world that’s more geared and designed to cater towards the male species. I literally run away from people that use words like ethnic. It’s preposterous! To me there is no such thing as people of color cause in reality people aren’t white. Paper is white. People are pink”
Kim Kardashian used to think that we live in post-racial America… until she married Kanye and had North:
“To be honest, before I had North, I never really gave racism or discrimination a lot of thought. It is obviously a topic that Kanye is passionate about, but I guess it was easier for me to believe that it was someone else’s battle.
But recently, I’ve read and personally experienced some incidents that have sickened me and made me take notice. I realize that racism and discrimination are still alive, and just as hateful and deadly as they ever have been.”
Raven Symone ruffled more than a few feathers last year when she said that she considers “colorless” during an interview with Oprah. Earlier this week, she ruffled those feathers again when she defended fired Univision host Rodner Figueroa.
Rodner was fired for saying the First Lady “looked like she was part of the cast from ‘Planet of the Apes.’” On a recent episode of The View, Raven responded: “Some people just look like animals.”
Raven went on to clarify that it’s not that racism doesn’t exist ever it’s just that there are fewer examples of it than some people think: “Some comments are rude, some are disrespectful, and some are racist. Try to not exchange one for the other,” she tweeted.
She followed up by saying: “My opinion/comments arn’t based off race, that doesn’t mean i’m trying to be a different race all together. I love OUR history, family… We have Irish Culture, African Culture, Asian Culture, Indian Culture Many more running through the veins of AMERICA! Come on yung peeps.”
Do you agree?
No matter what the world looks like, Eve says that she plans to raise her kids colorblind:
“I think they can be colorblind. I don’t want them to see color. I never did. I grew up in the hood and my mother was very good at it not being a black thing, even though I grew up around all black people. I want them to want to know everything about all kinds of races. And hopefully they will.”
Do you think it’s possible?