“These [Chris Matthews & Rachel Maddow] are not people who have Black friends, who know Black people…Oh, sorry, except, you know, Lawrence O’Donnell and Bill Maher, who date Black gals. So they think they’re freedom riders.”
- Ann Coulter discussing White liberals during a Fox & Friends appearance
I had no idea that my white boyfriend was a civil rights activist. Here I was thinking my interracial relationship was like any other: hanging out, watching Netflix, and gaining “I’m in love” weight. Nope, sorry. Apparently, Coulter believes that just like Fight Club, there are very important rules when it comes to a white man/black woman coupling. Like perhaps that the first rule of dating a black woman must be to crash a historical reenactment in Colonial Williamsburg and rub your United Colors of Benetton clad Jungle Fever love in the faces of all these powdered wig wearing White folk. Okay, okay, so maybe she doesn’t believe all that; however, her implying that an interracial couple such as mine is rooted in him singing to me We Shall Overcome every night before we go to bed is not only ludicrous but also reduces our relationship to nothing more than a reaction against racism, and more importantly, a reaction against Whiteness. Look, I understand that she’s in the business of provocation as means of selling books so she she might not care about how her comments come across however, I think it’s time that she heeds the advice every Black mom gives her children when she takes them to the hair salon: “Sit your Black behind down and act like you got some sense.” True, Ms. Coulter isn’t Black, but the sentiment still applies.
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