On Friday, Bill Maher called out cawing Caucasians.
During his New Rule segment, the host of HBO’s Real Time fingered white people “culturally appropriating” black Americans’ protest of prejudice.
Here’s how he put it:
“Black people have to demand that white people stop culturally appropriating how mad they are about racism. It’s great that [they] have finally joined the fight for racial justice in unprecedented numbers, but hating racism the most? You can’t steal that.”
Bill’s certainly right that white Americans are shouting about racism against black people. In fact, some are shouting about it…to black people.
Want a fantastic example? I’ve got one (Language Warning; the same goes for all the videos in this article):
White woman yelling at black officers. pic.twitter.com/dEdfTf0Dgw
— Henry Rodgers (@henryrodgersdc) June 23, 2020
“Smile,” a white woman (in lululemon) tells a black cop. pic.twitter.com/GkmH8QJLmW
— Emily Jashinsky (@emilyjashinsky) June 23, 2020
“Today’s Schedule: 10:00 a.m., Yoga. 11:00, Solve Racism By Yelling.”
A few responses to that occurrence:
Perfect example of white privilege. She is explaining racism to black officers. She knows better the struggle they have endured. Her privilege gives her all knowledge. Also what’s with the goggles she obviously there to start havoc.
— Hector Medina (@H_Medina403) June 23, 2020
Being racist is her problem, because she’s really just berating the black officers for not following her orders
— Scottergate (@Scottergate) June 23, 2020
her parents never disciplined her…she got the toys every time she through a tantrum in Target.
— GermanChocolateMix (@germanchocolat7) June 23, 2020
Not surprised. White liberals always think they know what’s best for Amer blacks. I mean, we can’t live without them. How would we even know to scratch our a$$es if a white liberal didn’t put up a picture sign for us?
— 100%Trump2020 (@gwendoes) June 23, 2020
Hey lady… pic.twitter.com/vYpNXLZQqC
— KWDreaming 🌴🍹 (@RightOne40) June 23, 2020
I’d guess Bill might be unimpressed as well.
The host brought up the recent case of Victor Sengbe, a black man whose exercise rigging in a public park was, according to some, a noose.
Maher played a clip of Victor marveling, “Out of the dozens and hundreds and thousands of people that have walked by, no one…has thought that it looked anywhere close to a noose.”
Only in America do all good deeds get punished…
AP: A Black Man in Oakland who created Exercise Equipment for himself and the public is accused of a Hate Crime and trying to Lynch people
— Vince Milum (@ReasonedMind) June 18, 2020
Yet, as noted by Bill, “Oakland’s Mayor Libby Schaaf wasn’t gonna let all that cheat her out of a chance to signal her virtue.”
At a press conference, Libby had taken a shot at the bizarre.
“These incidents will be investigated as a hate crime,” she said.
And there was this:
In actuality, Bill pointed out, intentions “do matter.”
To the comedian, it seems, white left-wingers are in a race of wokeness and tripping each other along the track:
“A few weeks ago when everyone was posting a black square on Instagram, Buzzfeed wrote, ‘Influencers, it’s a privilege to post a black square and then go back to your usual content.’ As opposed to what — abandoning your life and just posting a black square every day? People got called out for not posting the square, then for just posting it without speaking out. And then for posting and speaking out, but not voicing their support in the exact way that was set in the Decoder Ring. They were helping wrong.”
Bill lampooned the rules of the Lords of Light:
“You want to be a good ally, but not too good or you’re being a ‘white savior.’ Use your voice, but don’t make it about yourself. But speak up, unless it’s your time to just listen. And then silence is violence – even though sometimes silence just means someone works two jobs and has three kids. They have baby food on their shirt, not hate in their heart.”
In the end, this was Maher’s takeaway:
“I worry that the kind of tension that the ‘Guardians of Gotcha’ are creating is going to make people afraid to mingle at all, and thrust us back towarsd a resegregation of sorts where instead of just seeing a person and not a color, now we’re only seeing color. Maybe this is old school liberalism talking, but I don’t think that’s the way to go.”
If he doesn’t want people categorized by color, he may be in the wrong place at the wrong time. But I’ll second his motion.
Until then, there’s justice to be achieved — by screaming at people unintelligibly:
Two women are screaming at the cops outside the White House. pic.twitter.com/V9wTsoFDzf
— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) June 23, 2020
And the revolution rolls on…
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