Last week, Megyn Kelly of Fox News decided to inform us that Black Jesus or Santa Claus was not a real thing.
Never mind the fact that as a Middle Eastern Jew, Jesus would have been considerably swarthier than what Megyn thinks “white” is. St. Nicholas being from Lycia may not have been as white as the driven snow either. Indeed many depictions of him show him as considerably swarthier than the modern idea of Santa Claus.
But even after her sudden outbreak of foot in mouth disease, Megyn Kelly decided to do something even more ignorant. And in doing so exposed the general bigotry still pervasive both at Fox and in Conservative Americans.
[warning]Apparently this is a Parody that was posted around the net that I fell for. The price of falling for bad sarcasm.[/warning]
After a discussion about the “Duck Dynasty Malarky”, a Democrat worker called Whitman asked her a question
When the segment concluded Whitman asked Kelly if she thought her erroneous comments about Santa and Jesus would fall under protected speech. That’s when everything went horribly wrong for Kelly. Not realizing her mic was still on and she was being recorded, she announced that she stood by her statements and thought it was ridiculous that she had to apologize. She continued stating, “Look, every significant historical figure has been white.”
To which any sane person would have responded with, “are you serious?” and “maybe a list of names”.
Whitman was understandably shocked and countered with, “What about Gandhi?” Kelley fired back, “He was obviously white. Everyone knows that.” (Arthur) Aidala and (Monica) Crowley agreed with Megyn’s analysis.
Never mind the fact that Gandhi got famous by breaking apartheid based on the colour of his skin and that every photo of Gandhi out there depicts him as being “Indian”.
It isn’t just Megyn it’s a man who works for Fox News and a Conservative commentator effectively whitewashing Gandhi and claiming everything he fought for “White People” without any understanding of what he was fighting against. If Gandhi is a white man then George Washington is a Royalist.
Whitman shot back again with a list of influential figures, “Martin Luther King, Mandela, Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman, Cleopatra.” Her response sent Whitman storming out of the studio. “I said significant. None of those people are significant.”
One small point. Cleopatra was probably not African since she was a Ptolemaic descendent and was a product of super duper incest and the Ptolemaics were an Alexander Successor Kingdom and were Greeks.
But apart from that the rest were not white. The achievements of these individuals changed how the world worked and Megyn Kelly is demonstrating the problem with a large part of American culture. That ignorance of other cultures is not only acceptable but good. That there is nothing worth learning from any other viewpoint. That the entire history of the planet is pointless except for America.
My question is this. Is Fox News seriously hiring someone who is this racist, biased and incapable of understanding that people of colour are influential across the planet? Maybe she doesn’t have to know everything about Gandhi, but Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King are Integral to American History. To regard their achievements as not significant is to completely misunderstand American history and culture.
If you as a newsreader misrepresent that in the country you were not only born in but also working, then what good are you? Why on Earth are you even holding down a job where you have to discuss politics.
Oh then again. It’s Fox News. They are more interested in a “Wag the Dog” War on Christmas rather than any real journalism.
This is pure Lowest Common Denominator TV. Of flag waving and blind patriotism and conservative values. To hire Megyn Kelly shows a lack of journalistic integrity and is par for the course for Faux News. It is one of the few news sources at this point that I trust even less than the Daily Mail.
Which shows how bad it really is.