Is there more racism today than there was a decade ago?
May 29th 2018 Roseanne Barr (left) said “Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj” referring to Valerie Jarrett (right), who is African-American and was born in Iran, was one of Obama's longest- serving advisers.
In response, her show was canceled and her agency dropped her. This is where things get a bit weird. Barr. She apologized… but also retweeted a bunch of tweets supporting her statement. Then blamed Ambien for the tweets.
In response, Trump tweeted “Bob Iger of ABC called Valerie Jarrett to let her know that ‘ABC does not tolerate comments like those’ made by Roseanne Barr. Gee, he never called President Donald J. Trump to apologize for the HORRIBLE statements made and said about me on ABC. Maybe I just didn’t get the call?”
In the press briefing, Sanders said “Where was Bob Iger’s apology to the White House staff for Jemele Hill calling the president and anyone associated with him a white supremacist, to Christians around the world for Joy Behar calling Christianity a mental illness? Where was the apology for Kathy Griffin going on a profane rant against the president on ‘The View’ after a photo showed her holding the president Trump’s decapitated head? And where was the apology from Bob Iger for ESPN hiring Keith Olbermann after his numerous expletive-laced tweets attacking the president as a Nazi and even expanding Olbermann’s role after that attack against the president’s family? This is a double standard that the president is speaking out. Nobody is defending her comments, they are inappropriate, but that’s the point the president was making.”
Aaron Blake from the Washington Post said that equating Sanders list of grievances “you can't make the BIAS argument unless you're suggesting these other, non-racist things were as bad as Roseanne's racist thing. That's implicitly downplaying her racist thing.”
Hate crimes increased 5,850 (2,200%) to a total of 6,121 in 2016. (2017 data hasn’t been released yet)
Do you believe racism was/is being downplayed? Do you think racist just feel emboldened?
Do you think there is more racism today than there was a decade ago?