Bette Midler Erases White Women’s Responsibility For 2016 Presidential Election
Stop asking Black women to shoulder your responsibilities. We’re not idle. You are.
White people, even the most well-meaning perpetuate certain archaic sentiments regarding race that, in turn, aids white supremacy. Bette Midler is not one of those well-meaning white people. She missteps without pausing to think.
White people will often tweet out a phrase, idea as though they’ve come up with an insightful game changer. They believe they’re giving us a Gary Oldman ‘Dracula’ moment but they actually throw a Robert Pattinson ‘Edward Cullen’ blip at our unimpressed feet.
So, Bette Midler realized she had to share her ingenious idea for taking on trump with the Twitter masses. That crucial idea was . . .to ask a Black female celebrity, Beyoncé, to invigorate her fans to vote.
This, as stated, is not her first ignorant tweet, just her most recent (not too long ago Bette Midler tweeted that women are the n-words of the world hoping to make a woke impact).
There was a lot of anger and a huge question mark that the Bette Midlers and Alyssa Milanos of the world fail to see.
Why, out of all possible celebrities to ask to use their influence in the US, would Bette think, “let the Black woman shoulder this”?
This is the tragic similarity between the right and left. Meghan McCain complaining about Kamala Harris’s “rehearsed lines” and Bette Midler’s request that Beyoncé “mobilize” her base both lack insight. They both resist answering a simple question. Why do you notice the Black woman, when there are others who are doing the same? White people on the right and left push white supremacy — the only thing that is different is their methods.
Liberal whites will call out a white person on the right who behaves in a way that furthers white supremacy or racism, but will always give the benefit of the doubt to a white person on the left who does the same.
This is when it becomes clear they are pushing an agenda that veers away from what Black women and people of color are fighting for.
Bette Midler’s tweet also ignores the role Black women and white women played in the 2016 presidential election. The majority of Black women who voted did not vote for trump. More than half of white women who voted however, voted for trump.
Why, as Jemele Hill states, is Bette Midler not asking Taylor Swift or Katy Perry to speak with their fans? Bette Midler should realize the Black mammy, as a savior for white people is a tired, racist stereotype employed by white people and it should be retired.
Similar to “not all white people”, her tweet takes the blanket of responsibility off white women’s shoulders and drapes it across Black women’s shoulders. We are doing enough, it’s time Bette Midler and other white celebrities pull their weight and fight white supremacy beyond a tweet.
If a white person harbors resentment and racist ideas toward a Black woman, how is a Black woman going to sway them? How do you get a person to hear you when they see you as lesser?
There were a lot of responses to this ridiculous tweet. Some, like the one below, hit the mark succinctly.
Standing tall in pink pussy hats does not alter reality — no matter how often you want us to “come together”. Stop hiding behind trite responses and fully face the responsibility that white people bear for our current climate. Rather than trying to talk to people you know who elected trump, you’d rather harass Black women to do more.
There were some who came to her defense and felt the backlash was exaggerated.
Perpetuating the belief that Black women need to work harder to combat white supremacy does perpetuate white supremacy, racism, anti-Black sentiments and; therefore, is oppressive to Black people. We do the work. You want to avoid your culpability by claiming we are not doing enough. Black women are called on to rescue everyone, and are the first to be cast aside and ignored once they’ve served their purpose. Far too often the Democratic party ignores their Black women base until they need them for votes.
The problem is white supremacy — and the methods they use to maintain it are racism, anti-Black rhetoric and assimilation through all aspects of society and government.
And white supremacy was here before trump. If you’re planning to go back to your resting racist state — because if you are not actively combatting white supremacy and racism you are being racist and aiding white supremacy — after trump is out of office then we are not on the same page.
You are fighting a white supremacist person.
We are fighting a white supremacist foundation.
We are helping you by calling you out.
Your job is to listen, learn then pay it forward to your fellow white people.
Get on our page.