These Are Terrible Men

[Content Note: Misogynoir.]

As I mentioned in today's We Resist thread, Fox News' Bill O'Reilly said an appalling racist and misogynist thing about Rep. Maxine Waters: "I didn't hear a word she said; I was looking at the James Brown wig."

Waters, it should be noted, is one of Trump's fiercest critics, while O'Reilly is one of Trump's most shameless water carriers.

O'Reilly was not alone: His Fox colleague Eric Bolling also responded to a clip of Waters criticizing Trump by admonishing her to "step away from the crack pipe."

BOLLING: How's this, Congresswoman? You saw what happened to Whitney Houston. Step away from the crack pipe. [His off-camera colleagues laugh.] Step away from the xanax. Step away from the lorazepam. Because it's gonna get you in trouble. How else does she explain those comments?
Just horrible.

Then, at today's White House Press Briefing, Sean Spicer scolded April Ryan, a Black reporter, for shaking her head in response to his usual disgorgement of nonsense and lies.

SPICER: ...which is the president— I'm sorry, please— Stop shaking your head again.
April Ryan's response on Twitter: "Lawd!!!!"

Lawd indeed. These are terrible men. Terrible men who telegraph in every conceivable way (ahem) that women—and particularly women of color—are not welcome at their table. Black women are not even allowed to express themselves publicly without being audited and shamed.

Black women are indispensably important to Democratic politics, progressive organizing, and social justice. These terrible men are well aware of that (even if a lot of white progressives remain stubbornly resistant to this idea).

I take up space in solidarity with Congresswoman Maxine Waters, reporter April Ryan, and all the Black women who are especially targeted directly and indirectly by the words, deeds, and policies of this administration and its surrogates.

And to these terrible men, I say: I see you.

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