Here’s what I have to say to that.
The comment that Justine Sacco tweeted was hateful and racist on multiple levels. Notice how IAC didn’t use the word racist (in the article I linked in the quote below) to describe Sacco’s comment…despite the fact that it is, in fact, racist. On multiple levels.
I’m afraid this situation is going to be treated the same as the crap with Paula Dean’s racist white ass. (For being a sorry ass white racist, apparently you get a ten-minute standing ovation back to television.)
Now people are just being anti-Black/racist to get attention. There’s no such thing as bad publicity, right? You can always rely on the support of other racists and apologists to help you get by. As long as you’re taking shots at Black people’s humanity, or anybody from the continent of Africa, then its okay, right? That doesn’t make you a bad person at your “core”, you’re just a little bit bad on the outside 🙂 . Right?
There is no excuse for the hateful statements that have been made and we condemn them unequivocally. We hope, however, that time and action, and the forgiving human spirit, will not result in the wholesale condemnation of an individual who we have otherwise known to be a decent person at core.
With this qualifier, with this ridiculous and offensive plea, IAC is in effect condoning open racism even if they fired her. I don’t care if she is a good person somewhere deep inside–
I need people like her to be good people ON THE OUTSIDE too. Its the same excuse that gets thrown around when white racists and their apologists beg us to consider the racist individual’s “intention” and their feelings. This has always been part of the problem. When you forgive trespasses on people’s humanity without any expectations and demands for change and justice, you set yourself and everybody else up for repetitions of injustice.
There is no fucking “however”. InterActiveCorp is not condemning Sacco’s actions “unequivocally” by asking us to forgive her.
What IAC saying is that if you don’t forgive her, you are lacking in “human spirit”. What IAC is saying is that Sacco is not required to be a “decent person” anyplace other than at her “core”. IAC is saying that representatives of their corporation are not expected to practice anti-racism/practice against anti-Black racism. IAC is sending the message, like many individuals, celebrities, and corporations before them, that you are still a good person “inside” even if you’re a flaming racist against Black people and people of African descent and origin.
“Wholesale condemnation” is the least of the problems Sacco and the folks at IAC who wrote and agree with this corporate statement face if they think that this is acceptable.
We’d like to see the good and decency on the outside of all people, because its hard to see the inside or the “core” to make a proper assessment, thank you.
Stop asking the peoples of Africa and Black people all around the world to forgive white racism and make an effort to act against [anti-Black] racism without asking those affected to cater to the selfish and immature feelings of their oppressors.