In this video you see a fairly typical (for these days) “Town Hall” meeting, this time with Senator Claire McCaskill. Suddenly, there is a disruption and a big scary angry black woman(tm) and her older angry black woman friend(tm) are escorted by police from the auditorium. You then hear Senator McCaskill try to explain what happened, but the crowd does not seem to want to hear it. You never really get the explanation.
And it is left as it is. This is how it is shown on CNN.
So, I, an anti-racist liberal intellectual whatever whatever(tm) see this, and I post it on my blog, and I comment that it is obvious that these women were victims. (See this post.) Those of you who know me probably saw that, and maybe noticed the “troll bait” tag, and knew I was up to something.
Well, I was. Because in truth, I had actually read about the incident, and I had seen the OTHER, video showing what actually happened.
What actually happened was this: These two black women walked into a nearly all or maybe 100% white audience carrying signs showing Rosa Parks. They were obviously making a statement. Apparently they were told to roll up the signs and put them away because signs were not allowed in the room. They complied. We don’t know how many other people at the same forum also brought signs and had to roll them up.
Then, a reporter noticing that this could be interesting went over to the women and asked to see the signs. They let her partly unroll one of the signs to see it. This is done down low on a chair seat. The signs are not being exposed, just peeked at by a reporter.
Then, an white male from across the aisle comes over and (angerly?) grabs the sign and runs away with it. The just-beginning-to-get-angry black woman follows him in an apparent effort to get the sign back, but in about a second the cops are on her and she and her friend are hustled forcibly out of the room.
If you don’t think this is a pretty good example of how racism works … both the event itself and the response on the earlier post, not to mention CNN’s totally botched and biased coverage … then perhaps you need to recalibrate.
Here’s the “other” video showing the incident …
… and here is the web site where you can read about it.
Here’s the ABW’s perspective (Her name is Maxine Johnson)