Thank you all for your comments yesterday. As some of you well know, Friday was a horrible day. And it was a day that I felt beleaguered and
overwhelmed by all the insensitive remarks rampant about different news stories. I admit that some of my comments must have taken you off guard
because I have always tried to be polite, respectful and rather precise in my previous postings.
But, when you see the way that others act about the downtrodden--no matter who they might be--it is a price to pay when you care and have a conscience
about the dignity of others. And yesterday, I did not show a lot of dignity. In fact, I let my indignities be my shield in masking my horror at how
cruel humanity can be.
Now, it doesn't mean that Tony Snow is one of the worst people in the world. He's not an angel. But definitely, not a devil either. I think that
he suffered on Thursday, "foot in mouth" disease. As as I think about myself, I also have the same affliction from time to time. I always stick my
foot in my mouth and say the wrong things. And then, I have to apologize later because I know that I must have said something to offend someone
And my question about Tony Snow lies on the fact that even though he might have said something stupid, he also said something insensitive
sometimes, for all the lip service that language is paid during the last two days, words reveal a lot about people. They reveal culture. They reveal
intelligence. They also reveal astuteness and tact.
Snow had no tact when he said his remark. And being that he is part of "white male privilege", he probably will never think that his words had any
impact. They just roll off his back and he moves on. But to any other person who is not afforded this privilege, those words sting. They char and
deconstruct the very history of the culture referred to. It is as if to say, that he didn't care about the dignity of Black people when he made
those statements. And even if he truly liked Dr. Rice--one of the most powerful Black women in government--he didn't think those words would hurt
her as well.
But of course, some would argue that this is not the "race card" being played. But oh yes. Tony Snow played the race card, all right. He played a
spade. And by expressing no remorse for his actions, he gets away with it. It just makes one wonder whether he uses more racially volatile words
privately and finds them funny. But we'll never know. Because no one publically has corrected him. And he is ignoring his critics about the use of
In fact, Katie Couric did not question him about it
. So much for the future anchorwoman of CBS
So here's the inquiry I know I'm going to get: Why should anybody care?
All I can say is just because you think a figure of speech is okay, doesn't make it right. It doesn't have anything to do with Political
Correctness. It has to do with a basic respect of people. And I find that Mr. Snow doesn't have respect for people of color if he uses that word.
But then again, he simply just doesn't have respect at all.