A Republican mayor in Arkansas was reportedly so upset by African-American girls twerking that she banned them from having future pool parties. The move, recently disclosed as the mayor seeks election to a third term, has stirred controversy and social media conversations about racism.
Mayor Jill Dabbs, of Bryant, Arkansas, made the decision after a video of the girls at a pool party surfaced on the web in July. She referred to the dancing as “crude and nude” and “pornographic.” The young ladies were seen twerking in bikinis in the video, the Arkansas Times reported.
The twerking young women at the party didn’t violate any laws or city ordinances, and no one was involved in any violence. The partygoers, who paid to rent the space at Bishop Park Pool and are believed to be associated with students from Little Rock, also cleaned up after their event. Yet, they were banned from coming back for any future parties.
“There is debate whether this crude and nude dancing was actually in our park or just made to look like it was. But none the less I am demanding we do not rent to these individuals again,” Dabbs said in an email to the Parks Director Chris Treat, who filed a complaint against the mayor about racial discrimination.
“The Mayor refused to allow me to make any positive statement about the event,” Treat said. “She would not allow me to comment on the fact that no policies were violated, no incidents occurred, and that overall it was under control. I felt coerced into making a statement that met the Mayor, Police Chief, and, Staff Attorneys version of the events not my own.”
Treat continued, “In my opinion they over responded to the event because the event was attended by African Americans. The Mayor is working on adding Parks Department Policies to keep these kinds of events from happening again. I’m concerned that her new policies will be discriminatory in nature.”
There are more complaints from other former or current employees against Dabbs. A former alderman, Danny Steele, filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit Tuesday against the mayor for the city’s “failure to fully comply with a request for records concerning employee complaints” about her. Bryant’s fire chief, planning and development directors have also filed complaints against Dabbs.
Megyn Kelly Wonders What's Wrong With Blackface. The Internet Let Her Know
1. Don't forget how NBC treated Tamron Hall and Al Roker
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NBC cancelled the 9am hour of the Today Show hosted by Tamron Hall and Al Roker so Megyn Kelly, who gets paid more than twice their combined salaries, can do this. https://t.co/yINbQ8wptr— jason c. (@netw3rk) October 23, 2018
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I thought this might have been an exaggeration, but no, Megyn Kelly is really doing a “I don’t see what’s so offensive about blackface” https://t.co/xtECr43UMg— b-boy bouiebaisse (@jbouie) October 23, 2018
3. White privilege
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Don't you love how Megyn Kelly:— E. James White (@elonjames) October 23, 2018
1) Thinks Black Face is the same as if a Black person put on make up to look white. Power dynamics? Meh.
2) Says that it was okay to do that when she was a kid.
Megyn? It was never okay. That's your white privilege talking.
4. No one told Megyn Kelly she was wrongSource: 4 of 16
5. Honest thoughtsSource: 5 of 16
6. Religious take
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Megyn Kelly:— Gary (@BlackerTheGary) October 23, 2018
“Santa is white”
“Jesus is white”
“I don’t see what’s so offensive about blackface”
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Great Megyn Kelly costume. pic.twitter.com/dOziMbWzfH— Omicronald McDonald™ (@TimDuffy) October 23, 2018
8. Blame in on Trump
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I think for what is going on with this administration and all of the racist people out there and many incidents that people have encounter due to racism Megyn Kelly just open another can of worms with her comment. pic.twitter.com/ED9asvHPEF— The Atheist Geek (@geek_atheist) October 23, 2018
9. This is par for the course for Megyn Kelly
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1. Going back to her days at Fox News Megyn Kelly has had a history of being racially/culturally incompetent and unaware 2. Keep in mind NBC dumped the 9am hr of The Today show hosted by Tamron Hall and Al Roker in favor Megyn Kelly and this kind of foolishness and ignorance. https://t.co/cURaIxZyPh— BrotherJR aka Brotha Wakanda (@BrotherJR76) October 23, 2018
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11. The apologetic Black person chimes inSource: 11 of 16
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Black people: “When white people wear blackface we find it incredibly hurtful to us. It’s racist and we hope you all can see that.”— Setoiyo-RECORDING HIS DEBUT ALBUM ON FEBURARY 16th (@Setoiyo1) October 23, 2018
Megyn Kelly: https://t.co/B2OXvPO1zN
13. Megyn Kelly: White people are "normal people"
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Megyn Kelly can't understand what's so offensive about blackface then says: "I can't keep up with the number of people we're offending just by being, like, normal people."@megynkelly: 1. You've never been black 2. This isn't "normal," it's white privilege and it's embarrassing. pic.twitter.com/tHPjulPZ1P— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) October 23, 2018
14. Black folks' collective side-eye
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Megyn Kelly: “What’s wrong with blackface?”— JaiHawkFLY (@JaiHawkFly) October 23, 2018
15. A history lessonSource: 15 of 16
16. The ironySource: 16 of 16
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