I’m sure you guys all remember Omarosa. Granted, she’s not that easy to forget. The tough cookie and former contestant on Donald Trump’s hit show The Apprentice has made her mark in the entertainment world as… for lack of a better phrase, “Someone you don’t want to f*ck with.”
Omarosa is most people’s worst nightmare. She’s smart, she’s attractive, she’s cunning, she’s ruthless, she’s a woman, and she’s Black. That’s a hell of a combination if you ask me. It’s also a combination that makes a lot of people uncomfortable…including former Real Housewives of New York cast member Bethenny Frankel.
Bethenny and Omarosa have been feuding with each other since 2010, when Frankel dismissed Omarosa as a “Reality TV Villain.” Since then, Omarosa has been on her tail like white on rice.
Speaking of “white”, let’s discuss Omarosa’s sitdown with Frankel on her daytime talk show Bethenny. During that sitdown back in 2013, Omarosa showed up and showed out. She told Bethany that white privilege was the reason why she got to be mediocre, and she (Omarosa) had to work so much harder to be a success. Check it out:
YIKES! I gotta hand it to Omarosa, she calls it how she sees it…and to be frank, she calls it how a lot of people see it, but are just too afraid to say. The truth is, a lot of white women (and men) in this country DO get rewarded for being fairly average, whereas people of color, especially Black folk, have to go above and beyond to really get anything good out of the deal.
For example: Via Mic.com-
1. According to Human Rights Watch, people of color are no more likely to use or sell illegal drugs than whites, but they have much higher rates of arrests. While only 14% of black people use drugs regularly, 37% of those arrested for drugs are black.
2. According to a 2013 report by Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce, elite educational institutions are a “passive agent” in perpetuating white privilege. This report found that white students are overrepresented. Even though many white and minority students are unprepared for college at equal rates, more white students are admitted to universities.
“The higher education system is more and more complicit as a passive agent in the systematic reproduction of white racial privilege across generations,” the Georgetown study noted. “Even among equally qualified white, African-American and Hispanic students, these pathways are not only separate but they bring unequal results.”
3. Having a “Black” name can really stand in your way. In 2012, Yolanda Spivey made the news when she started to receive jobs offers after changing her name on her Monster account. An insurance professional, noticed that Monster.com’s “diversity questionnaire” section seemed to be hurting her chances of employment. After Yolanda changed her name to “Bianca White”, she started getting LOTS of phone calls for BETTER jobs.
“More shocking was that some employers, mostly Caucasian-sounding women, were calling Bianca more than once, desperate to get an interview with her,” Spivey wrote. “All along, my real Monster.com account was open and active; but, despite having the same background as Bianca, I received no phone calls. Two jobs actually did email me and Bianca at the same time. But they were commission only sales positions. Potential positions offering a competitive salary and benefits all went to Bianca.”
The same thing happened to Jose Zamora. After months of job searching, the 32 year old Mexican-American decided to change his name on his applications to “Joe” and begin getting job offers left and right. He is currently employed.
4. White folk are more likely to get adequate housing. The National Fair Housing Alliance reports that as many as 4 million African-Americans and Latinos experience housing discrimination each year.
And George W. Bush went to Yale, so there you have it!
White privilege is why Iggy Azalea thinks the Hip Hop community doesn’t give her enough “credit.” White privilege is why Martha Stewart can be a felon and still have an extremely lucrative business with lots of TV appearances. White privilege is why we let Jennifer Anniston be in movies…
So I completely agree with Omarosa. I too have had to work EXTRA hard and be EXTRA good to be “successful.” And I know the same is true for a lot of people of color. It’s common knowledge in the Black community that you have to be “twice as good” to even get HALF of what your white counterpart gets. And really, who can argue with that?
We have a Black President. Yes, I know. But have you seen his resume? It’s exceptional. Better than half of the white men (more like 75%) who try to tear him down on a daily basis. Essentially, he’s better qualified…than EVERYBODY.
If you don’t believe me, check out this awesome and super honest commentary from Olivia Cole on her white privilege. It’s an eye opener!