Yet another controversial "poet" is being honored by the Obama White House.
Jill Scott has not been shy with her opinions on interracial dating. The "three-time Grammy Award-winning artist, writer, actress, philanthropist, mother and all-around Renaissance woman" recently told Essence.com of the "inner pinch" she felt when she found out her African-American friend married a white woman:
When our people were enslaved, "Massa" placed his Caucasian woman on a pedestal. She was spoiled, revered and angelic, while the Black slave woman was overworked, beaten, raped and farmed out like cattle to be mated. She was nothing and neither was our Black man. As slavery died for the greater good of America, and the movement for equality sputtered to life, the White woman was on the cover of every American magazine. She was the dazzling jewel on every movie screen, the glory of every commercial and television show. She was unequivocally the standard of beauty for this country, firmly unattainable to anyone not of her race. We daughters of the dust were seen as ugly, nappy mammies, good for day work and unwanted children, while our men were thought to be thieving, sex-hungry animals with limited brain capacity.
We reflect on this awful past and recall that if a Black man even looked at a White woman, he would have been lynched, beaten, jailed or shot to death. In the midst of this, Black women and Black men struggled together, mourned together, starved together, braved the hoses and vicious police dogs and died untimely on southern back roads together. These harsh truths lead to what we really feel when we see a seemingly together brother with a Caucasian woman and their children. That feeling is betrayed.
In modern society, we're taught that white boys can love black girls, that black boys can love white girls and that girls and boys of all colors she similarly be allowed to love other boys and girls. If conservative who object to the marriage of homosexuals are considered backwards, how exactly can Ms. Scott--and the Obama White House which honors her--be praised for being supposed forward-thinkers?
Despite the rapper Common's hateful lyrics which praise a former Black Panther member and convicted cop-killer, the Obama White House similar defends their decision to welcome him with open arms because he has "spoken very forcefully out against violent and misogynist lyrics." Acknowledging the inappropriate nature of the work, spokesman Jay Carney insisted, "You can oppose some of what he’s done and appreciate some of the other things he’s done."
To say that I'm getting tired of the Left's (and the media's) double standards when it comes to matters of race and politics would be a serious understatement, let alone questions like What if Bush had done that? Do they not recall how Obama was supposed to be the post-racial president? Instead, this president seems to pride himself on creating further divisions in our society, ostensibly for some kind of political benefit. When will enough be enough?