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:
UNREAL. Professor Eisa Nefertari Ulen, a guest on @NewsHour says Will Smith’s slap was triggered by 400 years of black erasure and black silencing: pic.twitter.com/di9EZ4ZWHs
— Libs of Tik Tok (@libsoftiktok) April 2, 2022
How can I make this shit racist: pic.twitter.com/yzvbHRN7pM
— Brett Veach’s love child (@fankc58) April 2, 2022
That’s quite a stretch there.
— seve (@scarletonblack) April 2, 2022
"Black man slaps black man over a mild joke. Whitey somehow to blame."
Did she dislocate her shoulder reaching that hard?
Do these people even hear themselves talking and understand what they're saying?
— Counter-revolutionary Jacob 🇺🇸 (@Digital_Heretic) April 2, 2022
Oppression definitely this pic.twitter.com/eZMcE8vVCJ
— Rabble Rabble Rabble (@Wrecklectic) April 2, 2022
Sooo, a black guy slapped another black guy because he made a joke about his black wife and it’s because of black silencing? And the slapper won an Oscar. And is a millionaire. There are examples of racism/triggering out there, this is not one of them. The professor is reaching.
— HawkeyePilot (@HawkeyePilot) April 2, 2022
Then why “unleash” it on another black man?
— The J-Man is Ready for the Stupendous Mania Sat (@JManOrRiot) April 2, 2022
I honestly can't believe she said that with a straight face
— Oblivion Town Music_01 (@Smelly_Speedrnr) April 2, 2022
How to make an issue about two black men becomes centuries of racism when literally a black man is on the stage of the biggest movie awards in the Earth and the other got an award in that same event.
— Kattobingu Kid (@Bryan_Cooper_10) April 2, 2022
This is why I don't watch @NewsHour. Seriously, this is top level liberal bull crap commentary.
— Granite Pundit (@Granite_Pundit) April 2, 2022
— Perry T (@PerryT09512599) April 2, 2022
Imagine this. She is responsible for TEACHING people. We are in big trouble…
— 🔥 Sir Lord Joel Comm 👑 (@joelcomm) April 2, 2022
The media can always find a professor to give whatever response it is they’re looking for.
MSNBC host thinks it’s ‘utterly ridiculous’ for discussion of Will Smith’s assault to center around white people’s opinions https://t.co/K4rHRUrRSs
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) April 2, 2022
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