An Open Letter to Jamie Foxx Explaining Why Black Pride Is Just As Evil As White Pride
From Newsbusters, a transcript of the end of Saturday Night Live's lead monologue this weekend:
JAMIE FOXX: My name is Jamie Foxx. Give it up, give it up, New York City, Saturday Night Live. Come on, make some noise, man. New York City, New York City, Brooklyn, Staten Island, Queens, it’s crazy. I'm black, and I’m dressed all black cause it's good to be black. Black is the new white. I’m telling you, how black is this right here? Nice fly, I’m saying. You know how I know black is in right now? Cause the Nets moved to Brooklyn. How black is that? They got black jerseys, black court. I mean, how black is that? And Jay-z is the owner, a rapper. How black is that? And Jay-z only own about this much of the team. But he act like he own all of New York. How black is that?
And I got a movie coming out, "Django," check it out. Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson. “Django Unchained” I play a slave. How black is that? And in the movie I had to wear chains. How whack is that? But don't be worried about it because I get out the chains, I get free, I save my wife, and I kill all the white people in the movie. How great is that? And how black is that?
But I'm going to tell you right now, speaking of blackness, my President, President Obama is back up in the White House four more years. How black is that? And not only that, he’s so black, he was playing basketball during the Election Day. How black is that? But he was also late for his acceptance speech. Okay, all the white people, this is your turn - how black is that?
But he going to be extra black this next four years. He going to get everything black, and white people, don't get nervous about that because he is mixed. Now the first four years was the white side of him, because I don't know if you saw him on Ellen when he was dancing and everything. I don't know what this is. That wasn't President Obama, that was President Barry Gibb Obama. But the next four years he's even changing his name from to President Barack Dikembe Mutombo Tupac Mandela Hussein Obama X. How black is that? And the next time you see him dancing on Ellen, he gonna be dancing like this.
"Long before quantum mechanics, the German philosopher Husserl said that all perception is gamble. Every type of bigotry, every type of racism, sexism, prejudice, every dogmatic ideology that allows people to kill other people with a clear conscience, every stupid cult, every superstition-ridden religion, every kind of ignorance in the world, are all results from not realizing that our perceptions are gambles. We believe what we see, and then we believe our interpretation of it, but we don't even know we're making an interpretation most of the time."
Dear Jamie Foxx,
For years I've anticipated Quentin Tarantino's upcoming Django Unchained. The story of a Civil War-era bounty hunter teaming with a slave to liberate his wife from a plantation owner reverberated with me at a personal level, as I am a member of a mixed-race family. I couldn't wait to have another fantasy-revenge experience on par with Inglourious Basterds. As the Jews, Americans, and Brits united together to crush Nazi slavery in an over-the-top explosion of cinematic violence, Django Unchained promised to celebrate how blacks and whites united to overcome Confederate slavery and rebuild America together.
But now you've ruined the film. I can no longer go and pay money to see a picture knowing that its own star so thoroughly rejects the film's message of interracial unity.
Of course the anticipated criticism of your opening remarks focuses on the viciousness of the "kill all the white people in the movie" joke. But that was not the truly sinister racial evil you promoted.
Lost in the shuffle? Your racist claim that darker skin and "African" sounding names should correlate with a tough, violent, criminal masculinity.
You told America from Saturday Night Live's platform in no uncertain terms that the Angry Black Man stereotype isn't just real, but the desirable, natural state of blackness -- and something you hoped our president would achieve this term.
When racist whites try and argue that blacks are inherently more primitive and violent, we label them crackpots and dismiss them from civil society. Yet when you want to insist the same thing, we applaud.
It's not the fact of your racism that bothers me. It's the real-world consequences of what happens as your poison filters out into the culture and confused young boys (many lacking fathers in the home to model real masculinity) drink it up.
Who killed Biggie and Tupac? What rap fantasies of black manhood flowed through Trayvon Martin's head as he broke George Zimmerman's nose? How many young black men would still live today if they didn't have people like you preaching to them that to be an authentic black man one must wage a criminal war against a weak, corrupt, irredeemably racist white society?
David Swindle, a future-father one day of sons and daughters who will be neither "black" nor "white" and will look back on this era's racist popular culture with shock and disgust...
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