Omarosa on Bethenny; she discussed the differences in their experiences because of race, which alludes to White privilege, branding, and making it as a reality star—how it speaks to her intelligence. In the usual external individualism that fosters White supremacy, the media is reporting this as Omarosa calling Bethenny mediocre. *sigh* Once again, no introspection, no institutional/systems view. Only overt, external individualism. Watching this video, anyone can see it was not about picking on Bethenny but about the business of reality TV itself and White privilege. But anyone who ascribes to that rampant, virulent external individualism will think the former is what this about.
1) White privilege exists. No matter how much White women want gender and not race to be the focus, it exists. Sorry audience, you remain wrong.
2) Omarosa is tone policed because she is Black. Bethenny is just as intense and was despicable on her own reality show, and rewarded for that nonetheless. There is no reason why Queen Latifah and Bethenny should have a show in the same time slot Look at Queen’s resume. Now look at Bethenny’s.
3) It is a FACT, not an opinion, that White privilege creates a plethora of advantages. This is why people find nothing illogical in comparing Kim Kardashian (and don’t try to parse away her nationality from White privilege; study what it is instead) to Beyoncé. NO Black woman who was like Kim (who wouldn’t get to her fame or wealth based on what she has done anyway) would be compared to Beyoncé, who has built a career, works as hard as MJ did and has an exquisite track record of creation and accomplishment. Where White women’s sexuality is praised when built on the backs of Black women, Black women carry an albatross.
4) Whites in general, not just White women, are reward for mediocrity. They know it. We know it. The level of success required of Black people to even be considered “comparable” is ridiculous and oppressive. We know damn well the 2X as good for 1/2 as much is not a myth for us. And when Black people do achieve, the resentment is greater for that then when Black people actually fit any White supremacist stereotype about our abilities, though respectability politics is used to shame and oppress the latter. We see this when they have a criminal record and have an easier time getting employment than Black people without one, or when Black women with PhDs are paid like White men with associates degrees. We see it in media representation. We see it in basic stuff like book lists; literally any drivel a White woman writes is held up to our canonical stars like Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, Toni Cade Bambara and the like. We see it in feminism, where the qualification for White women seems to be a pulse while for Black women it’s mirroring bell hooks.
5) I don’t care if people do not like Omarosa’s tone, or appearance or her being a Black woman. It does not invalidate a single word she said. As far as her speaking of her brand, she has one. She plays on the same controlling image of the Sapphire that people use to oppress Black women, and cashes in on it. She makes money on the very same hatred that people hoist at her. If they’re gonna do it anyway, cash the fuck in baby! That’s her brand. People want to see her because it affirms their own anti-Black misogyny. Too bad they are too ignorant and tunnel-visioned to realize their ignorance is the platform she stands on over them all.
Instead of the usual and utterly boring analysis of “angry mean Black woman hurts delicate white flower White woman” actually try thinking about what happened and what frames this. I know the media sure won’t.