Here is the one statement I want to dive into on the story about Omarosa getting fired/departing the White House.
“When I have a chance to tell my story, Michael, quite a story to tell. As the only African-American woman in this White House, as a senior staff and assistant to the President, I have seen things that have made me uncomfortable, that have upset me, that have affected me deeply and emotionally, that has affected my community and my people. And when I can tell my story, it is a profound story that I know the world will want to hear.”
Robin Roberts, one of the anchors on Good Morning America, responded to Omarosa’s statement with the statement, “Bye, Felicia.” So, I’m going to circle back to illustrate something that many people have heard but may not understand the full meaning of.
Many times, especially when used in racial charged statement, many people will talk about “dog-whistle” statement, and I believe there’s not a real understanding of the statement because of a real factor. The message is usually used on a majority audience who might dismiss or inaccurately interpret the meaning of the statement. They may say the minority who understands the meaning as being overly sensitive or they cannot understand why it cannot be interpreted as a literal rather than an implied and dog whistle statement.
I know Roberts knew exactly whom she was talking to when she made the statement, and the fact that the internet, especially Black people on the internet, knew and understood exactly what she means and that is flew over the heads of most is such a funny turn of events.
It’s interesting that a major network morning star had to bring the phrase from the backroom to the front room, and did it in a way where it went over a lot of people’s heads. When it was explained to the non-minority audience, through websites and social media, people got what Robin Roberts meant.
I think a lot of people realized, after hearing the explanation, how simple the phrase was, because it perfectly fit the person who was being talked about. People don’t care about Omarosa’s version of the White House. They don’t care, other than a sick curiosity, about how things upset her in the White House. What she may say will be taken as a self-serving lie.
Look, I can’t hate that she was given an opportunity to grab the brass ring and get into the White House. That was an Olivia Pope style move, to be sure, but Omarosa was never a likable person and some of the things she did and said was done for her, not her community or her people. I’m sure when the real truth about Omarosa’s time in the White House is disclosed, instead of a maverick or a trailblazer she will be seen as a self-centered egotist who cared about herself more than her community or her people.