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Jamie Foxx 'Racist' Comments Draw Fire from Conservatives

Jamie Foxx NAACP remarks draw controversyJamie Foxx is drawing fire after his comments at the NAACP Image Awards, saying: “Black people are the most talented people in the world.” To some conservatives, that remark was more than just prideful boasting. To them, it was racism.

‘Black people are the most talented people in the world. I, it’s, I can’t explain it,’ Foxx said. ‘You can’t sit in this room and not watch Gladys Knight sing and go like, “Golly, what in the world?”’

Perhaps Jamie got a bit carried away in his acceptance speech. The Academy Awarding winning actor made that statement as he received the NAACP Award for Entertainer of the Year. Of course, having won several other major awards in his career, including a Grammy for his song ‘Blame It’ in 2010, Foxx should be well-versed in delivering politically correct acceptance speeches. However, for his Entertainer of the Year speech it’s clear he decided to throw caution to the wind and say whatever came to mind.

The NAACP Award aired almost two weeks ago on Feb 1., but conservative news outlets like NewsBusters picked up on the story after writer Noel Sheppard wrote a piece criticizing the actor for what he called a “really stupid” remark. In his criticism, Sheppard wrote, “Can you imagine the heat a white actor would get if he said at a nationally televised awards ceremony, “White people are the most talented people in the world?” Sheppard wrote. ‘Probably be the end of his or her career.”

This is an interesting point. If you watched Vh1’s debacle ‘Love and Hip Hop’ recently then you know that reality TV star ‘Jen the Pen’ ended an argument with her non-White co-star saying, “I’m White…it’ll get done.” Some viewers were outraged by what they Jamie Foxx talks about raceviewed as the “racist” statement Jen made.

In both cases, both comments can be seen in poor taste, most definitely. However, when does the idea of being politically correct go out of the window in favor of people being honest with how they see the world they live in? It is okay for someone to ever praise their own race as superior in any regard? Or has race become so ingrained in our consciousness that we will do anything to be seen as “politically correct;” even at the expense of productive dialogue?

Can we as a nation push the envelope of race relations if we never openly discuss the wounds caused by issues such as slavery, Jim Crow and segregation? One thing is for certain: Keeping the blinders on regarding White privilege and Black cultural issues that exist as a result of the sorted history of this country is not the way to move the discussion forward. If anything, that silence helps reinforces the status quo and allows the uncomfortable separation among the races to continue.

Do you think Jamie Foxx’s or Jen the Pen’s comments were disrespectful and racist? Or were they just saying what’s on their mind?

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28 thoughts on “Jamie Foxx 'Racist' Comments Draw Fire from Conservatives

  1. Man, this is exactly why Americans NEED to discuss RACE in this country. Sweeping shit under the rug, just makes a lumpy-ass rug.

  2. White folks kill me…they get upset at the least lil thing…when they slaughtered almost an entire race (Native Amerikkkans ) to steal their land..then they kidnapped another peoples to make the slaves…and then they have the nerve to be sensitive…wow.

  3. Fuck them, cuz if he would've said white people were they would've praised him on the low, plus he's telling the truth Black people are the most hated,coveted,demonized,idolized, Talented force on this earth. Plus he said that shit at a pro black event that they don't even attend. I would've said the shit on Fox News.

  4. wtf they so mad about

  5. its true.. they were calling us nigger throughout the movie and he can't say black folks are the most talented in the world, fuk kinda bullshit is that

  6. go ahead Jamie! Speak your mind!!

  7. At what? Shining shoes 🙂 Looooooooooooooooooooooooool.

  8. He didn't say others were not talented. Sheesh, latinos do it all the time. In reggeaton you hear "Latino's put em up" even though all people are listening to the same song. I didn't hear anything about that because IT DOESNT MATTER. Earth to everybody else, Black People has been giving man-kind their talents eversince they birth ALL other races. Get over it. Jamie can say whatever the hell he wants. SMH

  9. Demarcos Lorenzo says:

    He's right because they were breed that way by whites(duh).

  10. THIS IS WHY WE CAN SAY WE HATE WHITE PPL..THEY SO DAMN ARROGANT. IF ANY BLACK PERSON IN HOLLYWOOD SAY ANYTHING POSITIVE AND TRUE I MIGHT SAY THEY ALWAYS COME WITH SOME GOOFY SHIT..FUCK THEM..

  11. Oh please!! Thanks Jamie for speaking for all of us. We need more Black people, with a voice, and access to reach the nations speak highly of our race. White America own the airwaves, but more of us need to speak on our behalf when we have the opportunity. Enuff is enuff!!! We deal with the racist remarks and racist opinions everyday on television. Kudos to you Jamie!!!

  12. Beatrice Talley says:

    Love Jamie ….he is courageous, he is amazing and we should never forget our History …………….and he's a Talley lmao …..

  13. Shawntay Taylor says:

    Hell we are that's why we dominate every sport we do, we sing better m, we dance better… If we were not the best they wouldn't copy everything we do

  14. Serena Lenore says:

    Jaime! DON'T BACK PEDDLE!!!YOU SAID WHAT YOU MEANT TO SAY!

  15. people need to them self's and who cares what both people says if you don't like what a person says turn them off. I wasn't even made that baseball player said years back.

  16. Teklai Kalaty very true sir they havent spoke out about that

  17. for real shawwntay what ever sport we enter … look at the Williams sisters

  18. the quy who wrote this is full of it.

  19. Ra Khush Ahkem says:

    Inner Truth: Reverse psychology. Until White America come to reality that they are the racists on this planet to every nonwhite race on this planet they will continue to be instrument of their own self deception and demise. We are not the owners of the systematic white supremacy. It is the fear of White America for Black America to embrace self pride in our race and cultural heritage. I see it in there eyes when I wear my culture visibly. They called out Jamie Foxx for speaking truth. Their rock and country music we created. Their classical music we we created. Their art,science, philosophy and medicine created by us. In other words they plagiarized and stole everything they got from the oldest and talented race on the planet……black people. So yes we are the most talented people on the planet! Peace

  20. for real ….if you ever saw the movie be cool Cedric the entertainer breaks it down about black people the reason why everybody has style

  21. Emma TitsMagee Smith says:

    all learn to spell.

  22. Jay Knucklez says:

    Grammar Nazi…

  23. Born King says:

    BE AWARE THAT WHITE PEOPLE ARE SEEKING CONTROL OF THE WORD RACIST. SOMEHOW NOW A BLACK MAN SAYING BLACK PEOPLE ARE THE MOST TALENTED PEOPLE IN THE WORLD IS RACIST? THAT ASSERTATION IN AND OF ITSELF IS RIDICULOUS! WE KNOW AS BLACK PEOPLE WHO AND WHAT IS REALLY RACIST. A BLACK SAYING BLACKS ARE THE BEST AT SOMETHING IS AN OPINION THAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH RACISM. WE ARE NOT SLAVES WHO CAN BE TOLD HOW TO TALK. ACCORDING TO WHOM IS JAMIE'S STATEMENT RACIST. WHITE PEOPLE? OR A MIXED UP BLACK PERSON? EITHER WAY THEY SOUND REAL STUPID AND JAMIE SHOULD HAVE NO PROBLEM STANDING UP AND SHUTTING DOWN ANY CRITICISM FOR SAYING BLACKS ARE THE MOST TALENTED PEOPLE IN THE WORLD.

  24. Elena Rivera says:

    He is an idiot plain and simple. He was correct snout one thing Sidney Poitier and Harry Belafonte are both class personified. Oh the gift of saying so much by letting their lives speak for them. Learn from them the true meaning of humility and grace, Jamie.

  25. Suzanne Beaudin says:

    Both comments are racist. Just take his speech and insert another race whenever he says black. How about Chinese, Mexican, or heaven forbid a white person declare white race, or even a Jewish comedian. And obviously Jen was implying another race might not get it done. But she was white so it would.

  26. Suzanne Beaudin says:

    Remember he didn't say they were "talented". He said they were the "most talented" implying all other races did not compare and were not as talented.

  27. Rod Larson says:

    Make no mistake, Jamie Foxx just like Red Foxx, hates whitey!

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