Society is so dismissive of black people’s opinion that often the way the message was delivered overshadows the actual message. This is what happened to Snoop Dogg and others who had every right to be critical of Gayle King for her handling of the Lisa Leslie interview about Kobe but went too far with the threats.
One thing that bothers me and isn’t talked about enough is black people often get lumped into negativity when far more are handling the situation maturely.
What I mean by that is that if a white person robs a store, it doesn’t affect the next white person that walks into that store. People assume it was one bad apple, and the next white person won’t rob them. If a black person robs a store, the assumption is all black people are criminals, and the next black that walks in will be looked at a certain way.
Far more black people, specifically black men, were very articulate in their thoughts about Gayle King that didn’t resort to name-calling or threats. Because Snoop did and others, it became an indictment on black men in general and their treatment of black women. That happens far too often in our society.
Blanket assessments because of race and gender happen far more frequently to black people. Snoop apologized because it was probably affecting his pockets, but he should have also been cognizant of how his words would take away from his message and, in turn, make all of us look bad.
Just because a black man or woman for that matter disagrees with Gayle King doesn’t mean they hate black women, have toxic masculinity, or any of those blanket phrases people like to throw around. It just means they disagree, and when we can get to that moment of civility them maybe we can have some real conversations about these topics.
Flip the page for Snoop’s apology.