Sit back and relax, I’ve got a steaming cup of tea for y’all tonight.
Okay, so @thecacklingbitch wrote a post called “it’s about to get real” in reference to the various problematic costumes that were around the corner. This was published on 10/26/18, 5 days away from this disgrace…
On October 31st, well…I’ll let you read the post.
Last week I went to a party and a man I’d never met was in black face as “urethra Franklin.” I was wrong because I did not confront him. He is an owner of @ShenandoahBikes and an adjunct professor @JMU. This is not okay and the community should know this happened. pic.twitter.com/7DIqrN7Jsa
— Abigail Thibeault (@amthibeault) November 7, 2018
Needless to say, people were enraged. Pfft, I was enraged. Twitter comments can be read if you follow the link.
However, he made a twitter, just for a really sad apology:
Hello Abigail, I made a huge mistake and I am sorry, it was never intended to be malicious. I am now aware of the magnitude of the situation, thanks for pointing it out. I am really sorry I offended you and others.
— timothy richardson (@timothy27912899) November 9, 2018
Tim, you’re only sorry because you got caught. Lol.
Dr. Tim Miller, the new VP of Student Affairs sent a mass e-mail, confirming JMU has no ties to this man, and has no plans to create any in the future.
JMU VP of Student Affairs Tim Miller sent out an email regarding an individual wearing blackface who was thought to be an adjunct professor at the university. However, the individual is not currently employed by the university and JMU has no plans to employ him in the future.
— Breeze News (@BreezeNewsJMU) November 9, 2018
Dr. Tim Miller responded fairly quickly, and made sure to reiterate that this behavior does not stand with JMU’s policies. Tim told Tim OFF. Beautiful.
ShoutOut! to Dr. Tim Miller, you’re a real one. Thank you.
…That being said; there are so many things wrong with this situation, questions that a LOT of folks have been asking.
- Why did Richardson think this was okay? Ew.
- Also, who’s the other person in this photo and why were they condoning blackface?
Because that’s all this is. Blackface.
What is blackface?
Racism. Race is not a costume. Stop it.
Rooted in minstrel shows, blackface was the peak of a racist history our textbooks forgot about.
And Blackface still exists today with everyday brands:
Even in media, with Megyn Kelly:
This is a much, much bigger problem.
So no, the point here is not about JMU or Shenandoah Bikes. It’s about a culture that’s systemically perpetuating racist ideologies that we’ve grown into, spoon fed since birth. Racism as part of “one’s opinion”, “freedom of speech”, and hell, even “heritage not hate”.
We’re fostering hate speech as an option.
Oppression as a right.
Richardson, you’re disgusting. Aretha Franklin passed this past August; stop telling me you’re sorry, you knew. You just didn’t care.
Are you kidding me right now?
As a black person, at a PWI, naturally you feel silenced. Unseen, a minority; naturally your voice is muffled. I’m black, and I’m so proud to be black.
So when it’s 2018, we’ve gone through Civil Rights, and we’re STILL fighting; and I see blackface in my own backyard? I’m not going to be silent.
It’s no longer enough to be pro-black.
You have to be anti-racist.
Anti-racism isn’t implied.
You have to be anti-racist, anti-homophobia, anti-oppression, etc.
Lifting people up only works when you have a ground to stand on.
This is SJS, signing off~