Melissa Harris-Perry | March 03, 2013
>>> the backlash from feminists on twitter to "the onion" tweet was fast and furious but not all united at "clutch" magazine editor noted recently. the arc of white feminist dialogue on social media in the wake of a barbaric mysogenous tweet evoked tepid awareness. there's racism before curving towards the indefensively position of the whitetown the parts before coming to rest at dismiss a. again, not the first time we've seen. this one of the one that broke my hearts is the one from "hunger games" and when you heard folks -- saw folks tweeting that they just couldn't feel the same way about rue because she was black and why does rue have to be black, kind of ruined the movie for me. rue is black, i'm not watching. call me a racist but i didn't find her death to be so sad. it's not just a one-off, right? this makes you feel like you're constantly being bombarded.
>> when you take away, the interesting thing for me is if people could look at each other as human beings or someone has died or someone has been offended and i should feel empathy and support you, and i think that's what i think in taking this over to feminists as the larger community. a daughter has been offend and a young woman offended and let's all band together and protect her. opposite of race and trying and help us understand what satire means. someone has been fefnded, i may not see it personally because i don't have the historical context, i don't have the race context, but my sister is upset because someone has been offend so i'm going to support you. we don't get the same benefit in the feminist movement sometimes.
>> isn't the tragedy of this whole event with kwaufnz y quvenzhane is that it was not only this moment but imagine the rest of her life, that she will carry this around with her. we all know african women in this country face enormous obstacles in everything. that is the sad part about this. this is just the beginning of her life.
>> and i'd love to say it's going to be a lot different when she gets older. obviously worse that she's a young -- this young beautiful young woman but it's going to be tough all the way.
>> people who have said that we are now the problem, that we would just shut up about it she might never know. they can have every seat in the ikea catalog because that is prepostous. the technology exists, screen shots. the internet is forever. internet stays with you but i'm a grown woman. i deal with that. don't put that on a 9-year-old
>> there's ways to joke about kids and even ways to joke about kids and work. i love louis cd on leno doing this joke about his own kids and race.
>> high kids are good.
>> they are on paper they are great, two little white girls in america. i'm not trying to say that if you're white you can't complain.
>> i'm just saying that if you're black you get to complain more.
>> so it's not that kids are totally off the board, one of my -- i will watch bernie mack in kings of comedy and does this riff where he pretends to have a fight with a 5-year-old.
>> she gonna look at me like i'm short, you know. no, no, no. everybody in this room knows what that look means. that look means you wanna do something to me. so i backed up. and i told her bust a move .
>> right, so child abuse is not funny, but it's not an actual kid there, right? he's riffing in this way that allows us to know what satire is. not sitting here seth setting rules, just trying to reflect how ugly this was and how bad this was.
>> and hopefully the conversation will continue. i'm not trying to shut down "the onion," that would be ridiculous but this is foolish. i know some of my comedy brothers are very angry with me right now, and it's a risk that i take being here, you know. this is my job, but it's enough. these are our people. this is me, and it cannot continue, and i tell you with all seriousnous, if they make me choose between being comedy and a black woman , there's only one of those i can stop, and it would break my heart but that's the truth.
>> yeah, joy.
>> the other point in seeing some of the defenders in twitter and other conversations is when is it okay to use the word, the "c" word, right, and we see the "c" word and then "the en"word. why can't i say it? why sante i say it when i feel like saying it as opposed to just evolving as a human being and realizing i will just not use it.
>> okay, when is it that you wanted to use it? when people say can i use that. let me know and then i'll let you know whether or not i thought that was a good time to use the "n" word because maybe there are good times to use it but i'm just going to go with 9-year-old oscar nominee, not the right time. thank you for all your fire, pia glenn out in los angeles . if they make you choose be a black girl at table any time they want to and next, congress gwen moore say even how sometimes house republicans have to sometimes give in to common