We are going to leave the antics of Ms. Aponte, the self-described "colored candidate" for circuit court judge, and deal with some issues emerging Wednesday evening.
Garrett Rolfe, the former Atlanta Officer has been charged with eleven charges including first degree murder, aggravated assault. What we have learned has contributed to our changing opinion on this matter. First: The Taser had previously been discharged twice, and therefore could not be fired again when Rolfe was chasing Rayshard Brooks. This was something Rolfe knew at the time he shot Brooks twice. Second, the video which appears to show Brooks discharging the taser does not in fact show the taser being discharged. Third, Rolfe said "I got him" after shooting Brooks, and then kicked him, and did not render medical assistance. What initially appeared to be a justified shooting is rapidly turning into a first degree murder case.
Corporate America is responding to the social upheaval.
Quaker Oats is retiring the Aunt Jemina brand.
Mars Candy is retiring the brand Uncle Bens rice.
ConAgra Foods is retiring the brand Mrs. Butterworth's syrup.
It is tempting to crack some Rumpolian quip and make fun of the names and what is happening. But along the way to making a humorous remark we began reflecting on the fact that in America in 2020 corporations were selling brands marketed with blatantly racist stereotypes. In other words, it took this last month to get these corporations to listen. How tone deaf they have been to racism. And that leads us to thinking about how tone deaf much of corporate America has been to racism. Does anyone doubt that there is a racial disparity in hiring and pay in corporate America? How many CEOs of Fortune 500 Companies are Black? (Four).
How tone deaf have we been to racism?
Well, we never thought much about Aunt Jemina until now. It didn't matter to us-Vermont Grad B syrup being our preferred topping for Sunday Waffles. What would have caught our eye? A "Drunk Irish Mick's" Oatmeal ? A "schmoolie the rich Jew" seeded rye bread?
At some point, some racial stereotype would have outraged us. But Aunt Jemina didn't. Neither did Uncle Bens or Mrs. Butterworths syrup.
A long time ago in a galaxy far far away there were Sambos Restaurants in Miami Beach with racists pictures of young black children and tigers. These restaurants were open in the 1970s! In 2020 we still had a female black servant pitching syrup.
We have been just as tone deaf as anyone. Shame on us.