Today was a great day for fuckery.
Let’s begin with Denver, Colorado, near where a 40-year-old white man placed a bomb outside of a local NAACP chapter. Reminiscent of the 1950s and 1960s, the bombing is certainly related to the increased racial tensions following the non-indictments of police officers who blatantly killed Mike Brown, John Crawford, and Eric Garner.
There has been little national media attention surrounding the bombing, but social media was quick to take up the charge for journalistic integrity. With the hashtag #NAACPBombing trending, many across the Twittersphere highlighted the glaring disparities and inequalities that come with race-related news coverage.
The FBI is reportedly investigating the domestic terrorist attack. With little national coverage, the onus falls on the Black community (yet again) and allies within the pro-Black struggle to educate an entire populace about the deadly and dangerous underbelly of white supremacy.
But let’s move on with the fuckery, shall we?
We turn our attention to the highly acclaimed Phylicia Rashad. The actress, known for her elegance, poise, strength, and grace shocked a nation when she spoke in support of her co-star and longtime friend Bill Cosby. Cosby, of course, has been in the subject of extreme controversy following the allegations of multiple women who claimed that he’s sexually assaulted, raped, and drugged them in the past.
Rashad—the same woman who played the fierce Claire Huxtable—spoke at a luncheon for Selma imploring Cosby to “forget these women.” She also asserted that the controversy is merely an “orchestrated” rape ploy to tarnish a cherished legacy.
Many Black female celebrities have also come forward in support of him. From longtime collaborator Debbie Allen, to Jill Scott, Whoopi Goldberg and fellow Cosby Show costar, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Bill Cosby’s penis has essentially divided a community along pervasive intersectional lines.
God help us.
In final fuckery, we look to Congress. Always a trusted source for fuckery, Republican lawmakers held no punches when they introduced national legislation to ban abortion on their first day back to work. Need I say more? Need I detail how politically infeasible such measures are? Need I detail why old white men have no right to tell a country of women what they can or cannot do with their bodies? Need I detail the moral, social, and economic benefits that come with comprehensive reproductive rights?
Today’s fuckery is redolent of 1950s America. From racist hate crimes, rape shaming and victim blaming, all the way to Christian fundamentalism from which the other two failures are based, the American democracy that we all hail and praise as perfect, is crumbling under the weight of outdated cultural norms.
America, do better.
Suggested Reading: “Claire Huxtable is Dead: On Slaying the Cosbys and Making Space for Live, Analise, and Mary Jane“—Crunk Feminist Collective