Hunter College professor Eisa Nefertari Ulen came running to actor Will Smith's defense after he slapped comedian Chris Rock at the Oscars last week.
She claims that Smith slapped Rock because he was triggered by 400 years of “black erasure, black marginalization, black silencing, and the stereotyping of black people.”
“I think that any time we witness violence, we need to understand that from a place where we recognize the emotional and psychological state that’s driving this physical response to a trigger, and Will Smith was definitely triggered that night,” Ulen said during a recent interview with PBS NewsHour.
“But I think in the broader context of American society, we need to understand what was happening there,” she continued. “It’s really rooted and steeped in a 400-year commitment to black erasure, black marginalization, black silencing, and the stereotyping of black people."
“All of that was present in a visceral, felt, and real way in the infamous slap,” Ulen added.
I fail to see how a "400-year commitment to black erasure" had anything to do with Smith getting out of his chair and marching on stage to strike another man for making a joke about his wife. This had nothing to do with the color of their skin. It's a ridiculous stretch to even suggest that it did.
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