Zerlina Maxwell raised a great question this week—why are white reporters who don’t have any knowledge of Black culture allowed to cover Black events? Seriously, we need answers.
In case you missed it, a white reporter was shocked and amazed to hear the wave of “skee wees” when Kamala Harris mentioned she’s a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. during a book event in Washington, D.C this past Thursday. The Washington Post reporter, Chelsea Janes, tweeted (and deleted), “Members of her Howard sorority are in the room and screeched when she mentioned her time there. Did not expect to hear screeches here,” BOSSIP reports. Not surprisingly, Black Twitter got in that *ss about her ignorance. SiriusXM Senior Director of Progressive Programming Zerlina Maxwell was also frustrated because, as mentioned earlier, why was Ms. Janes even in attendance?
Maxwell tweeted “The fact that the white reporter sent to cover her didn’t know what Skee Wee was is not a good sign that the media is going to cover her with the cultural competency required. And it IS a requirement!” See below.
Ms. Janes has apologized, thanking those who pointed out her ignorance.
Quite frankly, the constant “I didn’t mean it that way” excuse is becoming annoying.