by G. Brown
Hilary Rosen is drawing a lot of heat to the Biden campaign after using a racist phrase about Black women while she was apologizing to a Black woman.
Democratic strategist Rosen went head to head Thursday with Bernie Sanders campaign co-chair Nina Turner on CNN in what was supposed to be a talk about strategy as the race narrows down to Biden and Bernie. It turned into a bitter brawl of words.
Turner quoted Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in one of her answers saying, “I must confess that over the past few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate….It’s in the spirit of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who, in his letter to the Birmingham jail, warned us–us being the black community–about white moderates.”
That hit a nerve with Rosen who claimed Turner misquoted King before telling Turner that she didn’t have the right to even invoke the words of King. Wow! That took a lot of nerve and very little sense to tell Black activist Turner that she doesn’t have the right to quote legendary civil rights activist.
Rosen regained her senses after a night’s sleep apparently and apologized. But as you’ll see she didn’t hang on to common sense for long saying…
“…I said my colleague @ninaturner didn’t have standing to use MLK Jr.That was wrong. I am sorry for saying those words.” If only Rosen had ended the post there, she might have gotten away unscathed. But no, she added this little gem… “Pls no need to defend me and attack angry black women.”
Don’t worry girl, nobody is defending you but plenty of people are here to put you in check after that “angry Black women” comment.
The condescension from Rosen is unbelievable but real. Not only did she think she had the right to tell this Black person who she could quote she turns around and makes it worse by using a racist slur again all Black women.
This woman is supposed to represent liberal White America? She doesn’t, but she does represent the problem that many Black women face. No matter how accomplished, no matter intelligent, no matter how rich…let a Black woman step over a line that challenges or makes some Whites uncomfortable and they immediately resort to a master-slave position.
Biden might want to take the advice of some commenters and look at relying on another mouthpiece to speak on his behalf. As for Rosen, she should have taken her own advice and ‘listen more…talk less.’
Since she’s so big on quotes from Black activists, perhaps she should memorize this one from Malcolm X about Black women…
“The most disrespected person in America is the Black woman, the most unprotected person in America is the Black woman, the most neglected person in America is the Black woman.” –Malcolm X