As pie in the sky as it sounds, one of the greatest aspects of America is that who one is at birth does not define what they may or may not accomplish during their lifetimes.
Valerie Jarrett, who worked under President Obama as a senior adviser is living proof of that concept.
In her new auto-biography, Finding My Voice: My Journey to the West Wing and the Path Forward, Ms. Jarrett tells the story of her life.
Born in 1956 to African-American parents, she spent her early years in Iran because her father was unable to find a job as a doctor in the United States. After the family re-settled in Chicago, Ms. Jarrett came of age during the turbulent 1960’s and 1970’s. In the early 1990’s, she interviewed a young lawyer named Michelle Robinson who was then engaged to the future 44th President of the United States. That interview was the start of a personal and professional relationship that has led her straight to the White House and to become of the most prominent African-Americans in the country.
As auto-biographies go, this book is pretty good. Ms. Jarrett tells her story in a way that it readable, enjoyable and uplifting without being too bogged down with the facts.
I recommend it.
There is not a day that goes by, recently, where some celebrity is in trouble for putting their foot in their mouth.
Earlier this week, despite the massive ratings and profits for the network from the first season of the Roseanne reboot, the show was cancelled. The show’s star and titular actor, Roseanne Barr made a rather nasty and racist comment about Valerie Jarrett, a political adviser to former President Obama on Twitter. This social media faux pas forced the network to cancel the show.
Last night, during her weekly show, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee host Samantha Bee referred to first daughter Ivanka Trump as a c**t.
While both comments are inexcusable, as I see it, there is a difference, which must be observed in context. Roseanne’s social media history is littered with outrageous claims and statements that are far from politically correct.
Samantha Bee is a comedian who uses her show to talk about the issues that we are dealing with. During this specific segment, she was talking about the children who arrive at our borders with their parents seeking asylum. These children are then taken from their parents by the government. The point of the segment was to point out that Ivanka, like the rest of those who work for and cater to you know who, are tone-deaf to the real issues that America is dealing with today.
Ultimately, this scandal will fade into our collective cultural history and another will take its place soon enough. I just wonder, that when these scandals fade into memory, will we be able to come together as a country or will we be torn apart forever?
Comedy is supposed to push boundaries. But at the same time, certain boundaries should never be crossed.
Roseanne was the juggernaut of the Spring 2018 television season. The reboot was a hit, reminding viewers why they kept returning to the Conner family every week.
Then Roseanne Barr, the show’s namesake star, opened her big mouth. Or rather, she let her latest tweet do the talking. Because of that tweet about Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett, Roseanne has been cancelled.
As much as I thoroughly enjoyed the new season, cancellation was the only reaction that made sense. A slap on the wrist would have not been enough. What makes me angry is that everyone who worked on the show, both in front of the camera and behind the camera, is out of a job. They should not be punished for Barr’s mistake.
Like all controversies, this too shall fade from the public conciousness.
But what will not fade is the fact that you know who, who has made both racist and sexist comments in the past still has his job, while others are out of a job.