The derivation of the term Redskin is muddled. But no matter the origin, today
Ridley Scott has come under fire for his peculiar casting choices in the upcoming movie Exodus. The issue is that white actors are playing all the lead roles while
Shonda Rhimes in which Alessandra Stanley referred to the famed director as such you have undoubtedly heard about it. But however popular that view is it is not entirely accurate. I'll paraphrase what Mrs. Stanley attempted to say and provide context so you may have a somewhat better understanding of the gist of the article. And for lack of a better word let's call this journalism. Mrs. Stanley, in a very clumsy, clueless, and in-artful way was attempting to be complimentary of Shonda Rhimes by detailing how she was excelling in doing things her way in an industry dominated by white males. The fact that Mrs. Rhimes will have three shows airing on the most coveted day and two head lined by women of color buttresses Mrs. Stanley's argument. Fair enough. But here's, the thing; Mrs Stanley is a journalist. Words are her medium. She doesn't get to be in-artful, awkward, or clumsy. If I ask my mechanic to write a piece on Shonda Rhimes HE gets to be in-artful. Not so a famed journalist from the Paper of Record. And the most maddening part of the article was the under handed slight she gave to the first lady by juxtaposing Shonda's success with Mrs. Obama's perceived failure. This article was so bad on so many levels one wonders how it made it through the editing process. But Alessandra is no different then most people in power when it comes to dealing with racial issues. That is she is in-artful, clueless and awkward.
Having money is not everything not having it is. That's a Kayne West lyric and a fairly accurate metaphor of the disparate prisms in which whites and minorities view and experience race. Whites are involved in race while minorities are committed, and like the chicken and pig our rolls are decided at birth. Mr. Scott had tea with Christian Bale when he decided to cast him as Moses. Alessandra Stanley swears up and down that her hit piece on Mrs. Rhimes is actually complimentary if we can just get past the first 140 characters. Mr. Synder confidently speaks of Redskins being a term of honor and respect with no hint of sarcasm. The insular and myopic view of these three individuals are the rule not the exception. And their privileged arrogant responses when challenged are representative of the state of race relations in this country and one reason why I am so sick and tired of being sick and tired.