It’s been a week since actor Will Smith slapped comedian Chris Rock at the Academy Awards, but we’re still getting hot takes. A lot of those hot takes are coming from blacks who say Smith shouldn’t have resorted to violence, but it was something else — like white supremacy culture — that drove him to slap Rock. Now we have another take, this one saying that we have to take any incident of black pain — we’d say Rock felt more black pain than Smith did — and filter it through a 400-year commitment to black erasure, because as we all know, Smith has practically been erased from society, having just won an Oscar. Not one of these takes seems to care at all about Rock, who was the victim in all this.

Here’s Professor Eisa Nefertari Ulen of Hunter College breaking it down for PBS NewsHour:

The media can always find a professor to give whatever response it is they’re looking for.

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