To summarize Brand’s bigoted smear:
Because Riley’s perspective didn’t conform to Brand’s stereotype of a black man, he called Riley a traitor to his own race. Maybe in Brand’s world, all blacks wear saggy pants and break windows. He has yet to rescind these cartoonish beliefs, so I take him at his word.
Because Riley didn’t sound like Brand’s stereotypical black man, Brand mocked him for sounding like a white man. This kind of smear goes beyond flippant joking -- it’s a common weapon used against young blacks embracing any form of education. For some, advancing yourself in a classroom is viewed as white, not “ghetto” -- and so to defy such assumptions -- you risk celebrities like Brand humiliating you from the back of a limo, to the seal-like acceptance of his fans who find such racism “edgy.”
Brand reflects a larger phenomenon that paints “authentic” blackness as antithetical to education. Brand knows telling a young black American that he looks or sounds too white is an insult.
By his standards, our president isn’t black enough. I wonder who is black enough for this white British socialist.
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