This is in response to the horrifying choice of the Portland Eagle to book Chuck Knipp, a racist who tucks his bigotry and sexism into the alter-ego “Shirley Q. Liquor,” who is a slanderous caricature of Black women.
The Eagle posted the announcement on Facebook. There were ,of course, people with intelligence, wisdom, empathy and common damn sense who protested. Troublingly, the Eagle’s first response was to defend it as “comedy.” The second response was to invite people to see the show for themselves and “dialogue about the different opinions” thereafter. Thank you for inviting me to be humiliated so you can further erase me by telling me how I should feel about your fucking racist bullshit. Can you also just cut to the chase and spit in my face?
Most troubling was the flagrant and grotesque commentary from people who saw fit to negate the experience of Black Women and tell me how I should feel.
The show has been canceled.
And the damage has been done.
And blackface is racist.
And if you think it is funny, guess what?
You are engaging in racism.