New York Times left-wing journalist Amanda Hess has a penchant for ridiculous, racist interpretations. On December 23rd, for example, the writer called out whites online for "Digital Blackface," saying, "All across the internet, white people feel empowered to play around with black identity." She was referring to any use of memes which involve black people, with no explanation of why that's racist, how she knew that white people had created them, or how she deduced that white people are "empowered" by them. However, she did manage to note:
"The way that black people are turning into products online is rarely interested in their full humanity."
Again, these are internet memes designed simply for expression and entertainment. Taking her race-based delusion a step further, Hess injected a quote from Slate's Aisha Harris:
"It's difficult to watch these videos and not sense that their popularity has something to do with a persistent if unconscious desire to see black people perform."
Uhhh, only if you read racism into literally everything. What about when blacks make such videos? Is it because blacks have an unconscious desire to see themselves perform?
Hess also referred to the World Wide Web as "the white internet," which presumably means she believes that non-whites aren't smart enough to use it. Regardless, Hess has since moved from her bizarre interpretations of the internet to the triviality of Donald Trump's racist hand. You read that right.
In her introduction to the paper's "Year in Pictures" Sunday, the cultural reporter got off to a bigoted bang with a partisan excoriation of a simple gesture by Republican President Trump:
"When I see the photograph of Donald Trump holding a fist in the air on Inauguration Day, I think first of Twitter. By the time the photo arrived on my feed, it was already encrusted with commentary from people racing to ascribe meaning to the first moments of the Trump presidency. First: Was he doing … the Black Power salute? And if so, what did that mean? Was he clueless? Racist? Or funny? To those who heralded our new president as the ultimate political jester, the pose was a triumph. To others, it was a menacing taunt to his predecessor: Look what my whiteness allows me to get away with."
Hess didn't make clear whether Bill Clinton's perpetually-clenched fist when speaking -- in a slight "thumbs up" position -- signified, "Look at all the sexual harassment my Democratness allows me to get away with," but perhaps that will be in a Times commemorative issue on things they would never suggest. Furthermore, Hess's assertion suggests extreme racist overtones every time a white person makes a fist: in boxing, the letter "S" in sign language, fist bumping, and the involuntary reaction to many of the idiotic things she "reports."