Former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang really felt the need to throw a cape on for Joe Rogan in explaining how he isn’t racist because he *checks notes* interacts with Black people and then taking his audacity a step further by citing Rogan’s supposed “Black friends” to back him up on it.
Et tu, Yang? Et tu?
“I don’t think Joe Rogan is racist,” Yang wrote in a since-deleted tweet. “The man interacts with and works with black people literally all of the time.”
You know who else interacted and worked with Black people all the time? Slave masters, sharecroppers, racist police officers and literally any racist white business owner that wasn’t so racist that they wouldn’t accept and exploit Black labor.
I could write a whole separate essay on all the reasons the idea that one can’t be racist if one works with Black people is absurd, but let’s move on to what Yangs tweeted then deleted next.
“Do I know Black friends of Joe’s who would swear by him? Yes I do,” he posted.
Imagine someone who considers himself to be progressive still being so tone-deaf in 2022 that he still thinks the “but he has a Black friend” excuse will fly.
We don’t have to debate whether or not Rogan is racist because his own words already tell us all we need to know—which brings me to my next point…
Why is nobody talking about Rogan’s racism outside of his use of the n-word?
To be fair, Black people and people on Twitter have been calling Rogan out on all of it, but after India Arie came through with the receipts, people (and by “people,” I mean “white people”), including those on countless media outlets, have chosen to ignore the whole of the issue and focus on the part they can whitesplain the best.
First, let’s just take a look at the part of Rogan’s apology:
Rogan spent a lot of time emphasizing that the clips in Aries reel were “taken out of context” from “12 years of conversations” on his podcast, because when white people get caught being racist, they can’t just say, “I’m sorry for being racist,” they need to clarify that what they said was racist but they themselves are not.
“It looks f****** horrible, even to me,” Rogan said. “I know that to most people there is no context where a white person is ever allowed to say that word, never mind publicly on a podcast. I agree with that now. I haven’t said it in years.”
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