Fox News recently showcased another example of why white Americans need to check their privilege. In a heated conversation between David Bossie, former deputy campaign manager for Donald Trump, and Democratic strategist Joel Payne, Bossie used a common turn of phrase that has a deep history of racism.
The debate centered around Trump's immigration policies with Payne making the point that Trump uses coded race baiting when addressing his core supporters. Payne said:
You don’t have to be a golden retriever to hear all the dog whistles coming out of the White House these days.
It was then Bossie shot back:
You’re out of your cotton-picking mind.
There are many phrases that are rooted in a racist past, like "selling up the river," "getting gypped," and yes, "cotton picking mind." Several of these terms have become such a part of American language, people often don't know or don't care about their history. This is why it is crucial for people to do their research and understand how hateful these words can be.
One can fully understand why Payne was offended by the term.
Bossie sent out the following apology for the offensive term.
White Americans seriously need to educate themselves, but from the reactions, sadly we don't see that happening.
Age is no excuse to turn a blind eye.
The excuses poured in.
And some simply didn't get that the phrase is racist regardless of who you're talking to. If you call a white person the N word, it doesn't make the N word un-racist.
This Twitter user gets it.
You might not want to throw out the IQ challenge when you haven't done your own research.
Some folks understood completely why the term is offensive.
Ultimately it comes down to this -
If we ever want to heal the racial divide in the United States, we have to go all the way back to the beginning and stop brushing off or making excuses for our history. We can not care more for words, slogans and symbols than we do for other humans.
H/T: Huffington Post
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