Here we go again.
If you thought it was dangerous when Elisabeth Hasselwhocares was armed with an Emmy and an opinion, you better watch out, because…
Whoopi Goldberg is now armed with an Emmy, a Tony, a Grammy, an Oscar, and an opinion – which she touts as fact.
(Geez, I’ve got to start watching C-Span or the Business News Network instead of The View whilst at the gym.)
Now, I must apologize in advance, as I’m (briefly) about to bring up some of the Melvin Gibson story (both figuratively and literally), but I promise, this goes far beyond that chunk of overused Kitty Litter.
At issue here, it is not so much the allegations of abuse, violence, and racism against Melvin.
First, we already know enough about Mel Goebbels, in part from his anti-Semitic tirade.
Second, of greater concern is that Whoopi Goldberg has now asserted herself as the authority on racism - because she is black - and by virtue of the extra melanin in her skin she has concluded that her friend, Mel Gibson, is not a racist.
"I don't like what he did here. But, I know Mel and I know he's not a racist," Goldberg said.
“Now being a black woman, you’d think you would give me a little bit of, you know, leeway, to have some feel, you know, if I was around a racist…”
Ms. United Nations went on to explain that Melvin had been in her house. Played with her children! He couldn’t be racist.
Apparently, anyone who is friends with a black person is clearly not a racist. And, come on, he played with her kids.
Awww… Look at the picture of Hitler embracing those children. He probably really wasn’t a racist either.
Racist doesn’t mean “hates black people.”
Racist is as racist does.
And as a Jewish person, with a rainbow of races streaming through my DNA, I can’t sit back and listen to Goldberg rant about her superiority. For, if anything, as a black person, she should understand the problems that stem from superiority complexes.
Unfortunately, my words don't mean much to Whoopi. She thinks I’m a coward who shelters myself behind my computer screen, and thus someone who really doesn’t understand what is going on.
She said so on The View.
The other day Whoopi addressed bloggers and her naysayers, “Don’t be a coward. I can sit up here with my [censored expletive] and say this is what I believe… And you see me face to face…”
Though her word may be broadcast to millions, I couldn’t let her word be the last.
So here’s my rant, Ms. Goldberg, right next to my name, my face, and my contact information:
Sitting in front of my laptop, typing carefully chosen, calculated words into my keyboard does not make me a coward – it makes me a courageous and informed person.
It makes me someone who won’t bow to bullies.
It makes me someone who uses my resources to the best of my abilities, to perhaps help others’ abilities and opinions flourish.
It makes me a person who fights injustices for herself and others.
It makes me a Jew and a woman who has been forced to fight racism, terrorism, and discrimination, and a person who wants to do everything in her power to stop it from happening again – to anybody.
It makes me someone who hasn’t been afforded the opportunity to broadcast her voice to millions of people; nonetheless, someone who will not allow a richer voice to silence that of her own.
The way you deemed, Ms. Goldberg, that anyone keying his or her thoughts into cyberspace, or anyone with an opinion contrary to your “fact” is incapable or cowardly, well that runs counter to every argument you use to validate yourself.
That is stereotypical. That is discriminatory. That is dangerous.
Go ahead. Defend your friend with whatever convoluted logic you wish to use. But your actions and choices go beyond racism; they are as clear as black and white.
It is terribly sad that so many of us judge each other based on skin colour – that never reflects who we truly are. And, congratulations, because you have just proven that point by showing us your true colours.