Flag on the play. Baldwin needs a clue.
What is that we mean when we say things like “White people be white people-ing”? It’s whenever white folks centered themselves as the most important factor any paradigm and any circumstance.
If the question is about the LGBTQ community, white folks will make it about bathrooms, if the question is about black safety from discriminatory law enforcement, white folks make it about more “safe streets” and “supporting our boys in blue”. However, “white people-ing” doesn’t just take place in politics or talk of human rights for people of African descent.
“White people-ing” can happen anywhere and at any time.
For as long as there has been cinema, black people have longed to see themselves represented in a respectable manner on the big screen. For decades, every organization that has fought for human rights for black people has cried out for the need for such a thing.
You see, “white people-ing” is when white folks assume their position is the default position thus automatically of more importance than that of others. Right now the Twitterverse is breathing more fire than Godzilla on a tear in Tokyo. In a Hollywood Reporter interview published on Wednesday, the 60-year-old Baldwin made a wild assumption regarding black folks affinity.
“(E)ver since I played Trump, black people love me.”
I need evidence of this. There are a lot of innocent black people you’re calling out and you shouldn’t be able to do it without receipts. https://t.co/eAQcyLWX2Z
The actor continued: “I think it’s because they’re most afraid of Trump. I’m not going to paint every African-American person with the same brush, but a significant number of them are sitting there going, ‘This is going to be bad for black folks.'”
Receipts. My mother started asking for them from me the very first time I spent a dollar on candy. When I every cent was meant for a box of cereal, you come home with an off-brand, a sacred trust has been broken. One has to show and prove from there on in. For black folk, trust is secured or broken by the presence or lack of said receipts.
@THR @AlecBaldwin This is the Trumpiest thing ever uttered by someone who isn’t Trump.
One thing that Baldwin was right about was Black people aren’t a monolith, and that he should have resisted the temptation to make a broad sweeping assumption. Like, does he think black people are sheep to be comforted and coddled at the mere thought of Big bad Trump?
i for real don’t think i’ve ever talked to another black person about alec baldwin. https://t.co/b6UC5LeMoR
We knew Donald Trump wasn’t sh*t back in the late 80s, when Trump and the Baldwins floated in the same circles. Now Baldwin thinks we need “HIM” to make us feel better?
Black people have outlasted far worse and Donald Trump will not be the end of us. I mean, I like SNL, but I know damn sure it doesn’t make or break my life in any meaningful way.
And I’d bet Black Twitter wholeheartedly agrees with that assessment.