Let’s review, shall we? In no particular order, African-Americans have recently had to stomach the following entirely incomplete list of delights:
- Comedian/Writer/Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane and Living Legend William Shatner made “you all look alike” jokes at the Academy Awards.
- Comedian Lisa Lampanelli used the word “nigga” to mean “person I like who happens to be white” on Twitter and then defended her use of said term.
- New York Assemblyman (and Democrat) Dov Hikind wore blackface on the Jewish costume holiday of Purim and then defended his use of said costume.
- Todd Kincannon, former executive director of the South Carolina GOP, joked via Twitter that had murdered black teenager Trayvon Martin grown into adulthood, he would have become a drug-abusing prostitute. (Yes, really). And defended his tweets.
- A white airplane passenger made the news when he called a crying, two-year-old black boy a “nigger baby” and slapped him.
- High fashion magazine Numéro ran an editorial called “African Queen” featuring a white model slathered in bronzer. (Ok, this was in France, but thanks to the magic of the Internet, we got to read about it and see the pictures over here).
- Tea Party/Fox News favorite Ted Nugent opined that it might have been better if the Confederacy had won the Civil War.
- A Michigan hospital was sued for agreeing to a father’s demand that no African-American nurses tend to his baby.
- CNN reported just today that “The wealth gap between blacks and whites has nearly tripled over the past 25 years, due largely to inequality in home ownership, income, education and inheritances.”
- At the Supreme Court, also today, Justice Scalia likened Congressional support for the Voting Rights Act “to a ‘perpetuation of racial entitlement’.”
Yup. The times — they sure are post-racial.