Hmm, I guess whites do have privilege after all.
How else to explain a white dude telling a black woman she has forfeited the right to call herself black based on remarks she made that he claims to find offensive.
The cast of characters in this little immorality tale include Fox News contributor Stacey Dash, who is black and conservative, and CNN and MSNBC contributor John Fugelsang, who is white and liberal.
The plot centers on Dash’s public reaction to the announcement by director Spike Lee and actress Jada Pinkett Smith that they would boycott the 2016 Academy Awards ceremony because no black actors were nominated in major categories.
During an interview Wednesday, Dash told “Fox and Friends” host Steve Doocy that Americans should “make up our minds” when it comes to racial diversity, saying that that “either we want to have segregation or integration.”
Dash’s point is well taken. In November, when a group of students calling itself “Black Justice League” occupied a building at Princeton University, one of its demands was that the administration offer an “affinity housing option” for black students who preferred to “live segregated away from the rest of campus.”
The demand would strike any rational being as petulant and self-contadictory. But not John Fugelsang, who is a liberal and, therefore, not rational. In his world, it is possible to have it both ways. As long as you belong to one or another protected class, you are perfectly within your rights to say, “Keep away from me” and, in the same breath, “How dare you turn your back on me.”
So the morning Dash delivered her comment, he tweeted about her:
I don’t doubt for a minute that he believes it within his purview to decide when a black person gets to stay black.
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