Stacy: Ann Coulter, Ann Coulter, Ann Coulter…
So before I begin this rant, I’ll start off by telling a little known truth: I actually like Ann Coulter. I also am regularly incensed at her for making what appear to be inane and insensitive comments about everything and anything having to do with race. As a recovering liberal (because vestiges of my old race-card-tossing-self have not been completely eradicated), I feel my ire rise whenever Ann goes to that place.
Her most recent foray into the garden of my angst began with a visit to Fox News to chat up Steve Doocy about her latest book, “Mugged: Racial Demagoguery From the 70′s to Obama.” In it, she catalogs the Left’s penchant for making everything about race, especially the stuff that clearly isn’t, and the inherently horrific effect that this has had on the Black community.
As is her way, Ann is filled to the brim with salient facts that beautifully prove her thesis. And I loved the bit where Doocy called out simple statements and Ann viciously declared them “RACIST.” That was so accurate and funny. Yet somehow when Ann discusses black people, something invariably goes wrong, even though she’s coming from a very honest place. Lets unpack the situation with care:
Now that you’ve taken that bit in for yourself, let’s get real. She had me all the way up until she said that O’Donnel and Maher “date black gals, so they think they’re freedom riders.” This may be the way that some whites that date women of color see themselves, as taking one for the team or some such nonsense, but I find it hard to believe that a woman wouldn’t see that and remove herself from a person that was using her in that way.
Should I go into how telling it is that Ann thinks the act of dating a black woman is so abhorrent that it makes a white man a pioneer of courage? I won’t. But I will say this. I’m seeing more and more interracial couples of the opposite variety than ever before. Black women, with white men and little biracial children happily in tow. More power to them.
As for Ann: we must not get bogged down discussing something so trivial. And we black chicks like to be referred to as women, not gals. I was honored last week, when Ann retweeted one of my tweets on Twitter, briefly elevating my timeline to a cause celeb. So, in return I offer my time to update Ann on current language practice for referring to blacks. It’s because I like her and that’s the truth.