Right Wing Freaking Out Over Jill Scott
The outrageous outrages just keep on comin’! Next target on the right wing Conveyor Belt of Bad Craziness: singer Jill Scott. At fraudster Andrew Breitbart’s site “Big Hollywood:” Like Rapper Common, White House Guest Jill Scott ‘Winces’ at Interracial Relationships.
It’s the same old tired “reverse racism” ploy, used by wingnuts to paint black people as “racists” by ignoring context and trying to prove that black people have the same racist instincts as white people. Oh, wait.
Breitbart blogger Patrick Courrielche even admits that he’s a “big fan” of Jill Scott’s music. But when there’s race-baiting to be done, all bets are off.
I’m admittedly a big fan of Jill Scott’s music. Her album Who is Jill Scott? is one of the highest rotated albums on my iPod. But she has also made some controversial comments on interracial relationships that should also be on the First Lady’s radar. In an article Jill Scott published in an April 2010 issue of Essence Magazine, she talked about how, when she found out that a successful black man was married to a white woman, it made her “wince.”
My new friend is handsome, African-American, intelligent and seemingly wealthy. He is an athlete, loves his momma, and is happily married to a White woman. I admit when I saw his wedding ring, I privately hoped. But something in me just knew he didn’t marry a sister. Although my guess hit the mark, when my friend told me his wife was indeed Caucasian, I felt my spirit…wince. I didn’t immediately understand it. My face read happy for you. My body showed no reaction to my inner pinch, but the sting was there, quiet like a mosquito under a summer dress.
Her justification for these feeling [sic] were artful and she firmly stated that she was not raised to view people by the color of their skin. But if the same words were put in the mouth of a Caucasian, the viewpoint would wreak [sic] of bigotry.
Again we see the right wing trying to project their own bigotry on African Americans. But in true Breitbart blogger fashion, Courrielche just leaves out the following paragraph from Scott’s interview with Essence, because that pesky context gets in the way of the reverse racist narrative:
Was I jealous? Did the reality of his relationship somehow diminish his soul’s credibility? The answer is not simple. One could easily dispel the wince as racist or separatist, but that’s not how I was brought up. I was reared in a Jehovah’s Witness household. I was taught that every man should be judged by his deeds and not his color, and I firmly stand where my grandmother left me. African people worldwide are known to be welcoming and open-minded. We share our culture sometimes to our own peril and most of us love the very notion of love. My position is that for women of color, this very common “wince” has solely to do with the African story in America.
These idiotic freakouts over Common and Jill Scott serve to remind the right wing audience: even if he did get bin Laden, the President is still black.