These white men are on a roll this week!
From Bill O’Rielly and his sexist/racist comments towards Rep. Maxine Waters on live TV about her hair to Press Secretary Sean Spicer who demeaned and scolded April Ryan, a longtime White House correspondent during a briefing for shaking her head.
When Ryan tried to ask a question about Russia, Spicer constantly interrupted her to avoid having to answer her question.
Diverting the question is a trait all too familiar with these white men who feel they are ‘entitled’.
According to people.com, Ryan asked Spicer how the administration will “revamp its image” in regard to a variety of issues from the president’s first two months in office – including Trump’s connection to Russia.
Interrupting Ryan, Spicer firmly asserted,
“I’ve said it from the day that I got here until whatever that there is no connection. You’ve got Russia. If the President puts Russian salad dressing on his salad tonight, somehow that’s a Russian connection.”
She tried to follow up with a question about Trump making amends with Condoleezza Rice when Spicer stated how Ryan is ‘hell-bent’ on trying to paint the White House in a bag image.
Who would have thought that doing your job would cause such controversy?
Spicer then spewed the phrase that was met with shock and fury from viewers on and off social media.
“I’m sorry, please stop shaking your head again”.
This is an act of dominance. Telling a grown woman to stop making a gesture because you don’t agree with her stance?
After the altercation between these two women in the workforce, twitter user Brittany Packnett started the #BlackWomenAtWork hashtag, which quickly started trending. With the hashtag, various black women tweeted out the many macro-aggression's they’ve experienced in the workplace.
According to the Baltimoresun, even Hillary Clinton chimed in on the issues that minority women have to face in the workforce.
“Now, too many women, especially women of color, have had a lifetime of practice taking precisely these kinds of indignities in stride. But why should we have to? And any woman that thinks these couldn’t be directed at her is living in a dream world.”
She mentioned the altercation, during a speech for a Professional Business Women of California conference in San Francisco Tuesday.
This is the year of the women, we need to continue to stand up and speak out against injustices until we win the fight towards equality.