From when it was first announced, I had plans to sit down and watch MSNBC's townhall on racism. As a woman who sails through life, shopping, traffic stops, interactions with nary a hiccup, I am very aware that my FastPass is connected to my skin color. I know this to my core because I see how people of color - friends, strangers, celebrities - absolutely do not enjoy my freedom, my peace of mind, my ability to simply exist as I am in any situation.
Traffic stop? The officer backed 10 mph (and $100) off my speeding ticket because I joked with him about Bon Jovi songs.
Quick run into Target? Not a single employee blinks, I am never followed.
Airport security? Yes, my hair has had its share of molesting, but aside from that? I get whisked to the Shit-The-Line-Is-Long-You-Look-Harmless line A LOT.
Restaurants? Smiles, fast seating, good seating.
Moving? No one in my neighborhoods have ever called the police on me. And I have wandered my backyards many times at night, on my phone, and no neighbor has called the police.
I am white. It is a provable cloaking device, letter of acceptance, secret password in this world of ours.
I did not ask for it. It is an accident of birth. I am simply the product of two other white people who swapped fluids.
What is not an accident of birth is how I am able to see this, acknowledge its existence, understand that I have done nothing to earn it, deserve it. I have had the privilege of moving a lot, meeting new people, having new experiences, working with all people from all places. My awareness comes from exposure, interaction, and a deep sense of humanity. No, I am not one of those people who says, "Well, I don't see color."
We all see color, of course we do. It's what happens next that makes the difference. I see color and keep going. Personality, attitudes, behavior towards others. Are you an asshole? No? Well, let's keep this interaction/friendship moving forward!
Unfortunately, many people see color, stop, set up camp, and roast their bigotry over an open cross fire.
I will never understand how that accident of birth makes these people believe they are better, above, ordained in some way. That their skin grants them rights, immunities, permissions to aggressively seek to hurt those they disdain.
So last night's townhall was important to me. Because no matter how big of an advocate you consider yourself to be, there is always room to keep learning, to keep trying to understand better, more. To LISTEN. To DIGEST what you are being told. To at the very least, TRY to think about what it must feel like.
That Roseanne Barr chose yesterday to unleash more of her vile racism and ignorance on Twitter? Well, that made last night even more timely.
She chose to target former Obama administration official Valerie Jarrett, Chelsea Clinton, and George Soros. Now, her prideful stupidity is pretty legend - she has always been a garbage sack with eyes - but since the advent of Trump, she has truly let her Confederate freak flag fly. Spreading conspiracies, lies, and hate like confetti, ABC had held its nose, choosing ratings and ad revenue while she scattershit like a rhino with the runs.
ABC provided her a megaphone and silently counted their money no matter what she spewed. Until yesterday.
Apparently, even a cash hungry, ratings driven network has its limits - it is owned by Disney after all. And her using the age old racist slur of "ape" against Jarrett was too much. They finally took the white trash out, kicked it to the curb. You can say whatever you want, but there is no guarantee you get a TV show, too.
They canceled the show, and her talent agency dropped her ass. Both issuing firm statements as they cut all connections with her.
Her agency, ICM: "What she wrote is antithetical to our core values, both as individuals and as an agency," the agency said in a statement. "Consequently, we have notified her that we will not represent her. Effective immediately, Roseanne Barr is no longer a client."
ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey: "Roseanne's Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show."
Disney CEO Bob Iger tweeted: "there was only one thing to do here, and that was the right thing."
Cue the MAGAts and first amendment "scholars" screeching about her free speech being taken away. Jesus, this gets exhausting.
Roseanne's free speech is perfectly intact, alive, and unwell. The government did not scoop her up and drop her on a waterboard in Guantanamo. She is still free to spread her verbal feces far and wide (and is). But her right to tweet her racism does not mean she is free from consequence in her job or the public square. ABC fired her ass because they are allowed to make that decision - the decision that is in the best interests of their company. And MY free speech means I (and so many others) are allowed to clap back at her wretched self.
Funny how free speech only matters to these dullards when someone calls them out or they get fired.
Funnier still, these same Roseanne defenders are the very ones who have been calling for Kaepernick's head on a pike for over a year. Cheering that he has been blackballed. Clapping like deranged seals when Trump calls him and others who kneel "sons of bitches". Because he kneels to bring attention to police brutality, inequity, blatant racism in this country. A pose suggested to him by a former NFLer AND GREEN BERET, Nate Boyer.
At no point do these red cap wearing wetbrains defend HIS first amendment rights. But have Roseanne call someone an ape and they go apeshit defending her.
As the dust settled all around her yesterday, she seemed to finally get that she had screwed the pooch - HARD. So she adopted the Boo Hoo People Can Actually Call Me Out For My Racism posture and posted this...
Insert sad face. :(
But an attention whore cannot be without her form of crack, so she was back on Twitter less than 12 hours later.
I am not making that up.
I see. Ambien caused the virulent, overtly racist tweet at Jarrett? Um, Roseanne, were you taking Ambien back in 2013?
Remember? Susan Rice, another black Obama official?
What about these guys?
Was it Ambien when you posed for these magazine photos?
What happened next should surprise no one. After all, we live in a time where a complete grifter, criminal, shitbag, reality star, conman is our President, and Kim Kardashian is visiting the White House today as a prison reform expert. (Sorry, I do not care how noble is her impetus - 62 year old first time drug offender, Alice Johnson, currently serving a life sentence - Kim Kardashian is the queen of fame for nothing)
So in a world where a Kardashian has White House access, and Trump still soils the Oval in his crusty Depends, a pharmaceutical company took to its Twitter account to defend itself against Roseanne's bullshittery.
I'm sure Sanofi makes something for that burn, Roseanne.
Look, you're a racist. You've been tweeting shit like this, doing aggressive, offensive acts like this for years. Anthem-crotch grab-spitting ring a bell? This is who you are. A SPECIOUS TWAT AND RACIST HAG. Be proud of who you are, Rosie. Don't try to hide behind prescription drugs and national holidays.
Just know that your past time comes with a price tag. No matter how emboldened you feel to have a like minded bully, racist, and coward in the White House does not mean you are safe. The majority of this national society is not on your side. We are not horrific, conspiracy spewing, ignorance hoarders like you and the rest of the MAGAts.
The rest of us watched the townhall last night. A townhall that the very people who needed to watch it, did not. We see the inequality, the blatant police brutality and trigger happy deaths, the racist white people calling the police when they see a black person bbqing in a park, sleeping in a college common room, sitting in a Starbucks, moving into their new apartment, standing in their grandmother's backyard. WE SEE THESE THINGS HAPPENING. We know they must be stopped. The blood has to stop flowing for the simple "crime" of being a black person in this country.
A quote from last night stuck with me - "black lives matter less than white comfort." That is why white people continue to put black people in deadly situations. Instead of connecting, asking a question, starting a dialogue - they reach for their cell phones and call the police. An act that has shown far too often to result in an instant death sentence to an innocent black person.
White people must be called to account. Those who make these calls reporting a "crime" and "guns" and "drugs" when there clearly are none except in the fantasy they are creating while on 911 must be held accountable.
Electing Barack Obama did not mean racism was dead. I have never understood people who try that line. All it did was prove it was seething and alive and ready to slither out of its sewers. Trump came along and unleashed them all. Used dog whistles, some blatant language, repeated threats against minorities. And the racists LOVED IT. Just as they are loving Roseanne, following the MAGAtry for Dummies playbook - now making her a hero and martyr.
You can have her, bigots. Like ABC, we don't want her. You, her, and your empty racist souls are Barred from decent society.