White Privilege, White House

I really need to step away from politics for a while. But there is a part of me that dares not to look away, that needs to see if Clinton is right about the “basket of deplorables” (she is), and that needs to document this moment in time. I have spent weeks collecting screenshots and comments from people claiming to be Trump supporters, talking to them and trying to see if they ever latch on to anything true (they don’t). It’s depressing and exhausting, but the worst part isn’t the time I spend looking into the abyss of social media.

No, what’s worse is when it catches me somewhere I’m not expecting it. Like when I’m watching cartoons with my children.

Watch that video. Think about how many people worked on it, Disney is not a small, fly by night corporation: they are the second largest media entity in the world. They don’t just make children’s shows, they also own ABC and many cable channels.So ask yourself, what did the people making that video say? When they depicted a Black child, imagining careers with photos of real Black astronauts and Black scientists and Black athletes, yet when they bring up being president, they show a picture of the White House, without mentioning or showing a picture of the Black president who is there, right now?Why did they do that? Maybe the people who made that spot were not racist, but they knew that enough of us are, that they couldn’t actually show a picture of the democratically elected Black president. They couldn’t even say his name. This is, by far, the best example of white fragility I have ever seen. A multinational corporation we entrust to report news and interview politicians made a conscious choice not to show a picture of the real Black president we have in the White House RIGHT NOW, on a network that is supposed to be for children.

I would welcome any kind of explanation for this thinking from Disney. Why is it so hard to talk about the president? Why did you make the choice to edit him out of the White House?

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