Tamera Mowry’s “White Man’s Whore” Account Proves We Aren’t Post-Racial

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  • Dionne

    I couldn’t make it through the video without tearing up. It so sad that she has to go through that. I notice that when I lived in a homogeneous neighborhood (LA), and everyone looked like me, I recognized race and racism less. I’m sure my age had a lot to do with my ignorance too. However, when I moved to my current neighborhood (the OC), I notice racism and [you called it] micro-aggressions more. Perhaps when people don’t integrate friendship circles, or if they live in very homogeneous communities, they really don’t have a schema with which to marry experiences with racism. They’re more likely to see Tamera’s experience as unique, or as a deviation.

  • GreenInOC

    Their accounts of what was said make me think that the people who say these things to them are people they know and know well (people who know their parentage, know whom they are married to and then share their lengthy opinions). While hearing those things in any context would be awful, if they are indeed coming from people they know I can only imagine that it amplifies the pain.

    @Dionne, I live in OC and I think you are right on. There is a pervasive attitude that if they don’t see something it isn’t real.

    • Dionne

      @GreenInOC I don’t think the “white man’s whore” comment came from someone Tamera knows. Since both sisters are public figures, I could definitely see something like this appearing in a comment feed of a Twitter/FB/Instagram account.

      • GreenInOC

        @Dionne, I hadn’t even thought about that, I’m sure you’re right. Of course, now I think that’s even worse in the sense that it’s written and can be re-read & re-read and so much harder to try to distance yourself from the pain by trying to assume that someone meant something else but it came out wrong, etc…

        • Dionne

          Agreed. Either way, their both very hurtful scenarios.

  • Shawna

    I saw this interview when it first aired on OWN. It was truly heart-breaking. As a fan of the reality show, Tia & Tamera, and Sister Sister, it wasn’t the first time I’d seen them share candidly about their experiences living the public life their celebrity brings. But, it still hurt to the core to hear the racism they endure, particularly, Tamera, in this case.

    My daughter brought home an assignment last week where we were asked to write down our dreams, as parents, and the students would add their dreams, in honor and celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I wrote that I dream of a world where people treat everyone well and where people don’t hurt each other with their thoughts, words, or actions…I am dreaming that for Tamera and all of us in the struggle.

  • Law Wanxi

    Wake me up when that whole “post-racial” thing happens. Meanwhile, so not holding my breath.