Why White People Should Not Apologize For Their Racist Ways (Opinion)

Can someone please explain to me why do racist white people keep apologizing and then disappear off of the World Wide Web after receiving severe backlash for their racist statement or posting a racist photo of themselves in blackface? They clearly knew what they were getting themselves into when they did it. So why are they reneging their racist rhetorics, especially when it's apparent that their lives have been ruined after their lack of education on minstrel shows and Jim Crow laws went viral? Why apologize when it was clearly their intention in the first place?

Megyn Kelly defended blackface on her now canceled NBC talk show, Megyn Kelly Today. On the October 23rd segment, with a panel of all white participants, including Melissa Rivers and NBC News Correspondents, Jacob Soboroff and Jenna Bush Hager, Kelly says in a video below:

Later in the day, she apologized to her colleagues in an e-mail. The day after, Kelly's Today colleague, Al Roker, called her out on the show saying:
"The fact is while she apologized to the staff, she owes a bigger apology to folks of color around the country."

A little later that morning on her show, she said:
"I’m Megyn Kelly and I want to begin with two words: I’m sorry. I learned that given the history of blackface being used in awful ways by racists in this country, it is not OK for that to be part of any costume, Halloween or otherwise."

Her NBC career met its Maker not too long after she offered her apology on air the same way Roseanne Barr's ABC career met the same fate after her deleted-tweet comparing former Obama advisor, Valerie Jarrett, to an ape:


The following days after the Megyn Kelly's debacle, two of J.B. Pritzker staffers were fired for their involvement in a blackface posting. A staffer donned on a charcoal face mask which resembles blackface while another staffer posted on their instagram story.

A social media post of Shelbi Elliott-Heenan and her husband, Jasmond Heenan , dressed up as Beyoncé and Jay-Z while flaunting in blackface, garnered adverse reactions online leading up to a dismissal from her employer at Saint Luke's Health System. Here is their full statement:
"On Monday afternoon, Saint Luke’s Health System became aware of a Saint Luke’s East Hospital employee who posted photos on personal social media accounts of her and another individual dressed in blackface for what appears to be a Halloween event. This information was shared with appropriate health system personnel and an investigation was initiated immediately. While it is against Saint Luke’s policy to comment on specific personnel matters, we can confirm that this individual is no longer a Saint Luke’s employee. Saint Luke’s is deeply committed to our culture of diversity and inclusion. It is fundamental to who we are as an organization and we vigorously protect it on behalf of all our patients and employees and expect those who represent us to do the same."

In both cases, their social media accounts, including their LinkedIn accounts, were deactivated.

A Brigham Young University student showed up in blackface as a part of his football player costume at a Halloween contest held in the BYU Adlab. The offending student posted his apology on a social networking app:
“To the awesome men and women of this great Adlab family, I want to openly apologize for what I did today. I realize it was offensive and not appropriate at any level and especially here where we have such an open and inviting culture. I hope everyone can believe that what I did was purely unintentional, but I do realize it was unprofessional.”

Edward L. Carter, director of the communications school, says he and others would be working with the student who wore the costume. He also says:
"While I am reserving judgment on the outcome, I will say that this kind of behavior appears to be out of line with the School's Professionalism Statement and that repercussions could include warning, suspension or removal from the communications major."

Recently. a UPS employee dressed in blackface as a Mammy in Sharonville, Ohio was terminated. Kim Krebs, a UPS media relations manager made a statement by email:
"The company has strict policies against harassment and discrimination, and has terminated this individual’s employment with the company. UPS has no tolerance for hate, bigotry or prejudice."

Al Roker, Today show co-host and meteorologist, dressed up as Dr. Emmett 'Doc' Brown, Christopher Lloyd's character in the movie trilogy, Back To The Future, with Dylan Dreyer as Marty McFly on Wednesday's show. The clear difference between his get up unlike what Kelly described on her talk show, and the horde of white people in blackface, was that Roker did not need to paint himself white to cosplay a character for halloween. Roker stated in a tweet:

Racist white people should stop apologizing for their racist behavior, because it is always in their true nature to diminish African-Americans, or any race for that matter, on so many levels. It was always on Megyn Kelly's constant to-do list since her time at Fox News until her show's cancellation at NBC and like Kelly, there are way too many uneducated and uninformed white people today that still do not understand it year after year after year. They should continue to stay focused on the road to racial missteps, ignorance and stupidity, because those, who are against racism, honestly do not want to hear any remorse when things fall apart in their career, especially when they arrive at their eventual termination and unemployment. The people have had enough of the racists reaching out for forgiveness and/ or for support in their most difficult time when they wholeheartedly deserve the outcome.

Please just do all of us a favor: Stop with the apologizing, the hocus pocus disappearing act and be proud to continue to leave an everlasting imprint of complete foolishness for generations to come. We like to keep laughing at your expense.

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