The Ugly Face of Racism

face of racism.pngThis is the face of racism in the persona of Pamela Ramsey Taylor, former director of the Clay County Development Corp in West Virginia.

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This is the face of racism in the persona of Beverly Whaling, former Mayor of Clay County, West Virginia.

These two persons are no less evil than Mohamed Atta who intentionally flew a plane into the World Trade Center in New York on 11 September 2001.

On a Facebook post (see below), Taylor wrote, “It will be refreshing to have a classy, beautiful, dignified First Lady in the White House. I’m tired of seeing a Ape in heels.” The post was then liked by the mayor of Clay, Beverly Whaling, who wrote, “Just made my day Pam” in the comments section.

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On October 22, I wrote a post titled The Legacy of Michelle Obama – First Lady Extraordinaire, which I began with “All the grace of Jacqueline Kennedy, the intelligence of Eleanor Roosevelt, and a sense of humour unprecedented in a First Lady … that is Michelle Obama.”  I stand by those words today more than ever.

I will not criticize Melania Trump, as she has enough troubles being married to a sociopathic narcissist, but I will make a comparison between Ms. Trump and First Lady Obama.

  • Michelle Obama is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School, and spent her early legal career working at the law firm Sidley Austin, where she met her husband. She subsequently worked as the Associate Dean of Student Services at the University of Chicago and the Vice President for Community and External Affairs of the University of Chicago Medical Center. As First Lady, Obama has become a role model for women, and an advocate for poverty awareness, nutrition, physical activity, and healthy eating.
  • Melania Trump began her career as a semi-nude model, came to the U.S. under questionable circumstances, and is now married to Donald Trump.

It is amazing that Michelle was criticized early in President Obama’s first term for appearing in public in a sleeveless dress, yet some think that former model Melania Trump, who has exposed much more than her arms, has more ‘class’.

Beverly Whaling issued a written ‘apology’ to news media outlets saying that her comment ‘wasn’t intended to be racist.’  Excuse me, but how the Sam Heck does that work?  Ms. Obama has brought nothing but class and intellect to the White House, so … what other excuse is there than that these two ladies dislike Ms. Obama because of her race, the colour of her skin?  What else could they possibly mean by an “ape in heels”? And an apology saying it wasn’t meant to be racist is a non-apology similar to the ones Trump himself has issued.  It was not an apology, it was an excuse, and a pretty lame one at that! One cannot apologize for racism — it is the essence of the person and it is ugly … you cannot apologize away an ugly heart.

You have now seen two of the faces of racism.  These are just two.  There are thousands, nay … millions of them out there. In the wake of last week’s election, Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has received reports of over 200 racist incidents, according to Time.  Who could have predicted this spike?  Oh wait … I have been predicting it for a year or more.  Look once more at the two faces of racism at the top of this post.  Remember them.  Notice that they look like the person you might pass in the canned peas section of your local grocery store, or the woman who takes your money at the gas station.  They look like normal people, but they are not.  They are racists and they are the face of evil.

21 thoughts on “The Ugly Face of Racism

  1. Thank you so much for writing this article. This incident was probably the second or third time I can remember FLOTUS being referred to as an ape (here’s one of them http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/univision-host-fired-planet-the-apes-michelle-obama-remark). Unfortunately, it is a common reference to African Americans, dating all the way back to slavery, through Jim Crow, and now brought out in this day. The insults against her are many, and that is so terrible and undeserved. You are a wonderful person for speaking out against this. Again, thank you. B.A.

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    • Thank you for your inspiring words! You have brought both a smile to my face and tears to my eyes. So much of what we are seeing today is just so ugly, so cruel, and so unjustified … I write about injustices of all kinds, and racism is the one I hate the most. Sometimes I feel that my writing doesn’t make a difference, but then I read a comment like yours and my spirit soars. Thank you!

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  2. Jill, I don’t want to Spam your blog, but this is very important…

    My name is C. Erskine Brown, and I would like to share the most horrifying story you will ever read about modern day racism.

    Consistently garnering five stars, A Cry Among Men – The Novel, is being touted as one of the “Best reads of 2016,”… “brilliantly written fiction adroitly framed around the events of today.” 

    Since its debut, A Cry Among Men has captivated and deeply impacted readers. As a passionate, deep thinker on the subject of racism, I strongly encourage you to read it. Our country must raise the level of discourse on a problem that so many are wide-eyed and vocal about while others have chosen to turn a blind eye.

    Thank you,

    CB
    http://www.amazon.com/author/cerskinebrown 

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    • Thank you, Mr. Brown … I checked out your book, have downloaded the sample to my kindle, which I will definitely read it later tonight. I appreciate your recommendation and will let you know my thoughts after I read the sample. I try to inform and stay abreast of current events regarding social injustice, and am appalled at what I am seeing in today’s environment. Thank you for dropping by my blog … I always appreciate it!

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  3. Clearly, these types have been there all along. But today they have been told to step forth and proclaim themselves. Trump is paying attention to them and giving them the encouragement to speak out. Heaven help us, because we all know there are many more out there!

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  4. Racism has always been there. But even racists knew it was wrong and didn’t express it out in the open. But shameless Trump changed all of that and made it O.K. to do so. Now it’s in vogue!

    People, who I never suspected in my wildest dreams to be Trump supporters, are coming out and admitting that they voted for him. Maybe that’s Trump’s only positive contribution—making us realize that racism is more widespread than we wanted to admit!

    (And I still believe “whom” has a place in our diction!) 😉

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  5. Jill, let me add that the President and First lady have been one of the classiest first families in the White House. There have been no scandals on their watch and they raised two lovely and smart daughters. They are also being very gracious to transition to the Trumps. Class is not handed out, it is earned on a day by day basis. The lack of it is readily apparent in those who write things like the above person did. Keith

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  6. That ugly comment even made it to my Dutch newspaper… I guess that is the trouble with social media: Stupid, mean sayings can reach the world in an instant. But then, so could smart and wise ones. Why does one hear so many of the first, and not enough of the second? Are there really more stupid, mean people in the world, or do we not listen closely enough to the others?

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    • I think that bad news travels at 100x the speed good news does. I also think the wise ones take time to choose their words, and speak more softly, so perhaps they are not heard … drowned out by the trash-talk. And … sigh … people like a good train wreck. 😥

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  7. I have to agree Jill, those two women are racist though I doubt anyone will be able to do anything about it. I just hope their areas are mainly Democrats and make sure they don’t get office next time.
    xxx Gigantic Hugs xxx

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    • Unfortunately, in their county, 70% supported Trump, so they will probably get their jobs back after January 20th. I hope not, but … at that point they may be hailed as heroes … never can tell these days! Hugs back to you, my friend!

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