Rhode Island state Representative Patricia Morgan, a white Republican, set off a fire storm on Twitter after posting a tweet stating that a black friend has become “hostile and unpleasant,” and she attributed the change in behavior to the effects of critical race theory.
Morgan introduced a bill last year in the Democrat-controlled General Assembly banning the teaching of “divisive concepts” and making anyone “feel discomfort, guilty, anguish or any distress on account of their race or sex,” the Boston Globe reported. As might be expected, the legislation did not move.
The lawmaker spoke with the Globe and stood by her tweet, which read: “I had a black friend. I liked her and I think she liked me, too. But now she is hostile and unpleasant. I am sure I didn’t do anything to her, except be white. Is that what teachers and our political leaders really want for our society? Divide us because of our skin color?”
The tweet included the hashtag #CRT, which stands for critical race theory, of course.
I had a black friend. I liked her and I think she liked me, too. But now she is hostile and unpleasant. I am sure I didn’t do anything to her, except be white. Is that what teachers and our political leaders really want for our society? Divide us because of our skin color? #CRT
— Patricia Morgan (@repmorgan) December 28, 2021
Morgan told the Globe that the negative reaction to her tweet — which included a lot of emphasize on her saying she had “a black friend” — was more proof of the insidious nature of critical race theory.
“Twitter is a cesspool anyway,” she said, adding, “I have more than one friend who is not white.”
And while she declined to identify the friend she referenced in her tweet, Morgan told the Globe that friend subscribes to critical race theory and she believes that is what turned the friend against her, “and perhaps other white people.”
“I just felt we weren’t friends anymore, because she doesn’t want to be friends anymore,” she said, according to the newspaper. “I’m positive it’s because of my skin color. And that’s a shame.”
The divisive nature of judging one another by the color of one’s skin, with the understanding that white people are inherently racist and seen as oppressors, which is precisely what critical race theory teaches, would certainly bring about such results.
Former Attorney General Eric Holder, a man who looks at life through the prism of color, once said the United States remains “a nation of cowards” on issues involving race, and the reaction to Morgan’s tweet — led by the usual race-baiting suspects — represents a good example why most white people avoid the topic like the plague.
I had a white friend. I liked him and I think he liked me, too. But then Pearl Harbor happened and whites became hostile and unpleasant. I am sure we didn’t do anything but they sent us to camps anyway. And now they don’t want to teach about this because it make kids feel bad. https://t.co/Pgvp9EoIEy
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) December 28, 2021
This comment is offensive and deeply insulting to the Black and Brown community. If @repmorgan truly believed we shouldn’t be divided by our skin color, she wouldn’t have made this divisive of a comment, along with the many other similar comments she has made in the past. (1/5) https://t.co/TlY0EoKJVm
— Black Lives Matter RI PAC (@blmripac) December 28, 2021
The strength of our state is in our diversity. @PatriciaMorgan is the former minority leader of the RI House and her comments are ignorant and embarrassing. Rhode Island deserves leaders who bring people together not recklessly divide us. https://t.co/hh1N8o5amf
— Nellie Gorbea (@NellieGorbea) December 28, 2021
This comment is divisive. Rep Morgan you need to resign and retire from public service. It has nothing to do with her being black or you being white. https://t.co/l461zXSdWC
— Corey Jones (@CoreyJonesPVD) December 28, 2021
In an attempt to paint Morgan as a racist, social media users mischaracterized her tweet to imply that the Republican had one lone black friend. Then again, American cities have burned as a result of such misplaced dramatics — Kenosha, Wisc., being a recent example.
How many times do you think Patricia said, “But you’re one of the good ones” to her friend before she got sick of it?
— Danielle Froom 🏳️🌈 (Sad Girl Solstice Version) (@DawFfraw) December 28, 2021
“I had a black friend”.
Singular. Not multiple. One.
“I liked her, and I think she liked me”.
My intentions were pure. Not so sure about hers.
“Now she’s hostile & unpleasant”
Stereotypes of black ppl being angry & violent.
“I’m sure I didn’t do anything”
I’m the victim here
— Dude_In_The_Desert 🌵 (@t_arnpreeest) December 28, 2021
Sweetie, you might think you claimed her as a friend. She never claimed you. There was something she read in you that said she couldn’t actually have a real conversation with you about race. Know how I know? Been Black in predominantly white spaces all my life. We know you.
— Portia 🧑🏾🎄Vaxxed and Boosted 🧑🏾🎄McGonagal (@PortiaMcGonagal) December 28, 2021
Twitter being what it is, the hashtag #IHadAWhiteFriend soon began trending, permeated with entries by those who see America first and foremost as an irredeemably racist nation:
#IHadAWhiteFriend I grew up with. Went to birthday parties and bar mitzvahs and all that together. When I posted on Facebook about the one year commoration of Hurricane Katrina, he said “oh what are you complaining about you people got your President.” You people?!
— Alicia Garza (@aliciagarza) December 28, 2021
— MountainsMama (@MamaMountains) December 29, 2021
But, alas, there still remains hope for a better tomorrow:
#IHadAWhiteFriend who became a kickass boyfriend & awesome AF play mate to my daughter while she was sick in the hospital, after getting off an 8hr physically grueling work shift. pic.twitter.com/qn3mCP6zCC
— Secret Life of Mom (@SLifeofMom) December 29, 2021
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