Wendy Osefo is a Democrat, a professor at a prestigious university at only age 33, a highly sought-after political commentator who’s appeared on CNN, ABC News, and a litany of other programming, and a prolific writer whose works have appeared in the Washington Post, on The Hill, and all over the internet.
But to viewers who have seen her on Fox News, there’s only one defining characteristic about Wendy: She’s black.
That’s enough to turn off most of the Fox audience, although they are quick to insist they’re “not racist, but…”
And what better day to expose the ignorance and racism inherent in Donald Trump’s Fox News base than on the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s death? So that’s exactly what Wendy did, over on her Instagram account, where she posted a message that was sent by someone calling themselves “Col. Rimrose” and pretending to want to book her for an appearance:
When you are one of the few black Democrats that appear on @foxnews and use your voice and platform to speak out against racial and economic injustice, this is what you receive. As we commemorate the legacy of #MLK50, we must remember that the fight for equity and equality continues. We must not fool ourselves to believe we live in a “post racial society” or that the playing field is level because we elected a black president. Now more than ever our lives, black lives are under attack by people and a system that views us as less than. 50 years after the death of Dr. King and we STILL have so far to go. I will always speak for the people. ✊?✊? . . You may shoot me with your words, You may cut me with your eyes, You may kill me with your hatefulness, But still, like air, I’ll rise.
“When you are one of the few black Democrats that appear on Fox News and use your voice and platform to speak out against racial and economic injustice, this is what you receive.”
But Wendy had the last word, answering back the hateful Fox viewer with an excerpt from one of my favorite poems of all time, “Still I Rise,” by Maya Angelou:
You may shoot me with your words
You may cut me with your eyes
You may kill me with your hatefulness
But still, like air, I’ll rise
Thank you, Wendy, for being brave enough to share your experience and wise enough to hear the voices of those who came before you in the struggle.
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