I was accused of a hate crime and arrested because of how I look.
Outspoken celebrities, political pundits, and YouTube bloggers have built profitable public personas which create a perception that Caucasian blonde women are likely to be racist.
A few highlights (or lowlights) include:
Ann Coulter, an outspoken pundit, “regularly calls for the mass expulsion and even murder of immigrants.” https://www.mediamatters.org/ann-coulter
Tommi Lahren has over 1.4 million followers on Twitter and a daily public forum as a host on Fox Nation’s regular programs. Tommi recently sparked outrage by claiming that Beyonce’s Super Bowl performance was “trying to advance the notion that black lives matter more” and the Black Lives Matter movement to the Klu Klux Klan.
Paula Deen, a once-beloved television personality, repeatedly and shamelessly made racist gaffes and was caught on video using the n-word in 2013.
Let us not forget the blondest, and most orange of them all, President Donald Trump. Trump has made no secret of his anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim views. It seemed he had crossed a bridge too far in July 2019, when he tweeted:
“‘Progressive’ Democratic Congresswomen” should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came,”
However, last I checked he is still Leader is the Free World.
These celebrities use their public platform and millions of social media followers to normalize and encourage (implicitly or not) racism and religious basis.
This creates a vicious cycle, as bias works both ways.
I am also a blonde Caucasian, although unlike the aforementioned public figures I have considered myself a Liberal since I was old enough to comprehend American politics.
I am well aware that being born a white, middle-class female to college-educated parents has given me a relative leg up in life, and I do not take this for granted. This “privileged” status is simply an accident caused by the co-mingling of my parent’s DNA and does not give me the right to discriminate against or look down upon other human beings.