How Omarosa’s White House Exit Exposes Liberal Bias

Sellout! Coon! Uncle Tom!

These racially-charged terms are used within the Black community to characterize Black individuals and/or groups who appear to express fealty to the White power structure to the detriment of their own community. These terms are also used to describe Blacks who do not capitulate to a liberal political philosophy. And this is where I would like to begin this conversation. 

Earlier this week, former assistant to President Trump, Omarosé Manigault, resigned. Omarosa’s sudden exit did not go unnoticed within the Black community as many found this nonevent to be cause for celebration. Her departure from the White House inspired a host of memes and jokes, some of which were outright heartless and cruel. Good Morning America’s host, Robin Roberts, who is Black, even chimed in with her own crude remark, “Bye, Felicia.” 

Bye, Felicia” is a pop-culture reference which means “good riddance,” and is often used to express delight at someone’s dismissal. Robert’s use of “Bye, Felicia,” however, is more than a terse and dismissive remark. Her use of the term is tied to a deep-rooted disdain that is found within a large segment of the Black populace as it relates to Blacks whose political affiliation and/or worldview resembles or expresses what is deemed as conservative beliefs. 

That is, whenever a Black individual voices a dissenting opinion or engages in a course of action that goes against the views of the Democratic party, that individual is treated as a pariah and considered to be a “sell-out.” In the minds of many, a true Black is a loyalistone who not only votes Democrat and aligns him or herself with a liberal agenda, but also opposes any idea that reflects politically conservative views. 

Without turning this post into a seventy-thousand word treatise, I offer, for your criticism, the following conclusions. Obeisance to any religious or political movement or party has the potential to create a reality that falls right into the opus of social intolerance and oppression. While there is not anything inherently wrong with been steeped in progressive culture, blind conformity and allegiance to any political party or philosophy has not historically favored disenfranchised groups.

When it comes to matters of social justice, race and race relations, there is a deep-seated and unquestionable skepticism that has besieged the Republican party. The root of this distrust is based not only on the toxic and denigrating rhetoric from party leaders, but also the overt indifference to the experiences of Blacks that harkens back to the Civil Rights era.

As a Black male who lives in America, I understand this palpable social construct and reality. I know what it feels like to be pulled over by white police officers with multiple guns aimed at my torso and head. I also know what it feels like to be arrested and jailed without cause or due process.  

There is sufficient historical evidence to support Blacks’ skepticism of today’s US Grand Old Party. It can also be argued that the Democratic Party has dropped the ball and shifted its focus and message to identity politics, which often benefit those already in power. Even so, intellectual self-respect should encourage an openness to contrasting and divergent viewpoints. 

Casting aspersions and denigrating another human being because of political differences is self-defeating and perpetuates division. In the long term, no people group can effectively achieve its aims, whatever those aims may be, if they lack the capacity or desire to work together. As a collective group, regardless of one’s race or ethnicity, we must unite in a spirit of open-mindedness to confront all forms of injustice and inequity.

Express deference to any political party should never stand in the way of social progress. Yes, we are different, but acknowledging our differences is what makes us compelling, unique and powerful. Our differences, which compliment each other’s humanity, serve as the overarching element of change. 

We have the capacity to create a more peaceful world based on an economy of love, but it requires that you and I choose diversity over division, hope over despair and love over indifference.

FYI: While I do not have a straightforward genetic inheritance, I am of African descent by way of the Caribbean. I grew up in a two-parent household. I lived the first few years of my life in public housing and have intimate knowledge and understanding of the pathology of poverty and crime. I moved to the US mainland at age 19, where I met my wife. I have lived on the US mainland (AL, LA, FL, MI, CA) for the last 23 years. I have traveled to over a dozen countries around the world. I am an academician by training. My political ideology is neither conservative nor liberal. 

 

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22 thoughts on “How Omarosa’s White House Exit Exposes Liberal Bias

  1. I’ve had similar conversations over the last few days with the Republicans in my family and their view of Omarosa is the same–and it is not because of her views or beliefs, which she’s entitled to–but her near idol-worship of her former boss and the implied notion those who didn’t share her beliefs were somehow deficient. The man hasn’t shown the slightest interest (or desire) in doing anything for people who look like Omarosa, yet she endlessly sang his praises… until she was shown the door.

    Yes, the backlash has been brutal, but it’s difficult to find empathy for someone whose only visible character trait is arrogance.

    The Trump/Manigault ‘relationship’ was just a continuation of “The Apprentice” – which I never watched. LOL!

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    1. Felicia, thanks for sharing. In the eyes of many, there is often a sense of entitlement that accompanies a person with access to wealth and power. The bigger picture, however, centers on the pervasive view that Blacks are politically monolithic. Prominent Black individuals who venture outside the domain of the Democratic Party are viewed as sell-outs. Many of them are shunned and not given an opportunity to express their views.

      Economic progress within Black communities has been stagnant for the most part, partly due to political leadership that knows they can garner Black support without being held accountable for any promises made. Blind political allegiance comes at a high cost.

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  2. I definitely agree with you that there needs to be more respect and acceptance on both sides in order to have intelligent discussions and solve problems. However, my interpretation of the anger towards Omarosé is that it is less about her being affiliated with the Republican party and more about her opportunism and willingness to use those around her to advance her position, then turn around and claim allegiance to the people she disrespected in the first place. I think it is more her disingenuous behavior that has people angry and unwilling to trust her.

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    1. Like any other person, there are many positive qualities and less than affirming ones that can be attributed to Omarosa. Even so, if Omarosa, with her attitude and mindset, carried herself in the same manner, but for a Democratic cabinet, there would hardly be a peep from the Black community. It is okay to be overbearing once you’re “one of us.” That is the hypocrisy to which I am referring. I appreciate your insight.

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      1. uh…I agree wholeheartedly with sabinaespinet and I would caution again making this broad claim. If Omarosa was a Democrat I would still be ready to say “Bye, Felicia.” It’s unfair to assume that just ’cause we’re Black we’ll accept all Black folks’ foolishness. The same claim was made about Blacks’ support of Obama. As if we only supported him because he was Black, not because he was qualified, forgetting that Jessie Jackson also ran for president, but we didn’t blindly vote for him just because he was black! We still have brains! Some Black folks might respond based on color alone, but most of us, especially those of us who are educated, don’t. Give us a little more credit than that, my brother.

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      2. While you might still be ready to say “Bye, Felicia”… even if she were a Democrat, does not negate the reality that there is Liberal bias as it relates to Blacks who espouse conservative views. Black Republicans are hardly given the same benefit of the doubt as their political compeers. What is being offered is not an educated guess, but a fact.

        There are Democrats who like to think of themselves as progressive and open-minded, but they are no more tolerant of people who are unlike them than their conservative counterparts. People act in group membership more often because they are convinced they are doing something ethically or morally upstanding.

        Nonetheless, my thesis remains the same, and that is: Blind political or religious conformity often evolves into social intolerance and oppression, and in order to combat this influence, there must be a willingness to acknowledge each other’s differences, extend compassion and work together.

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  3. There’s also the argument that the Democratic Party has been taking the black vote for granted. Another good reason not to follow them unquestioningly.

    I have a hard time respecting anyone who has been a part of the Trump administration, but this was definitely an interesting new perspective on Omarosa. Thank you for the post!

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    1. I think both parties are guilty of taking their base for granted. It is human nature to want to belong. So I understand why many people might identify with a group that reinforces their sense of identity.

      But everything comes at a cost. Allegiance often asks for more than it is willing to give. Play the game if you like, but know the rules. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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  4. Josiah,
    Your post is an important commentary on today’s political and social climate. Thank you for writing it. Sometimes I wonder if people can hear themselves. They donate financially to charities, bring attention to social injustice around the world, and highlight impossible societal situations that need attention here in the US. I’m sure they fancy themselves “good” people. Nevertheless, down deep, they are cruel and merciless when it comes to others who believe differently. Truly, they don’t realize, that kindness is a verb.
    I may not understand, like, or respect Omarosa, but for a public figure (or any public figure), like Robin Roberts, to denigrate anyone in front of millions of people is disgraceful. Why do they hate her so? It’s not because she left the White House, it’s because she was there in the first place. From where is this callous climate coming? What I find most frustrating from this hurtful phenomenon are, the people that have loudest voices are the most uninformed. All one has to do is pick up an unbiased biography written about Hillary Clinton, the Clintons, the Kennedy’s, or any other political figure (Democrat or Republican), and lean how deceptive they all are. I can assure you, people would be shocked and sickened to learn the truth about their heroes. For example, the behaviors that Hillary Clinton has gotten away with, pale in comparison with Omarosa’s.
    This political climate has taken on a life of its own. Whether you are Republican or Demarcate, you should be allowed to follow your party without fear of retribution. This country was founded on the Bill of Rights. Do we need to add one more Right to the Bill? “Freedom to affiliate with any political party without fear of being called a traitor.”
    I am Jewish. Should be a Demarcate, but have been a conservative Republican for about three years. My ideology has changed for many reasons, but I don’t dare discuss it with anyone besides others who think like me. I hear such biting hatred from people about this Administration; I can’t even have an intellectual dialogue about general politics. To tell you the truth, I’m scared. Not for me, but for the Country. Where Society is headed frightens me, and when/how will this end?
    Renee

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    1. Renee, thanks for adding value to the discussion. To your point about the current administration, the vitriol is coming from all angles mostly due to the President’s lack of compassion, respect, decency and humility. One cannot claim to be the titular head of the party of “family values” yet be the most vulgar person in the room.

      What is more alarming (not to me) is the steadfast and enthusiastic support for Trump coming from Evangelical Christians and other supposedly religious individuals. How does one identify and align him or herself with another whose ethical value goes completely against that person’s religious beliefs and the Gospel of Jesus Christ? History provides an answer to that question. During slavery in the US, some of the stanchest supporters of the status quo were religious people.

      So what’s the common denominator? I would say, indifference, which has its root in pride and the mindset that others are inferior to self. I think it is important to acknowledge diversity of thought and expression. Humanity is at a crossroads and the manner by which we move forward will determine our future.

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