Did we miss the memo that today is “National Disrespect a Black Woman Day?”
In a White House press briefing on Tuesday, American Urban Radio Correspondent April Ryan asked Press Secretary Sean Spicer a question about how the Trump administration planned to move past the ongoing investigation into Russia’s interference in the U.S. election. Of course, Spicer blamed the media for not letting the story go and refusing to focus on more important issues.
“I’ve said it from the day that I got here until whatever that there is no connection,” Spicer responded. “You’ve got Russia. If the president puts Russian salad dressing on his salad tonight, somehow that’s a Russian connection.” He proceeded to interrupt Ryan several times as she tried to clarify her stance and her question.
“At some point, report the facts,” he added. “Every single person who’s been briefed on this subject has come to the same conclusion — Republican, Democrat — so I’m sorry that that disgusts you…. At some point, the facts are what they are.”
This ridiculous response prompted Ryan to visibly show her disgust—which led Spicer to have the audacity to tell the veteran journalist to “stop shaking her head.”
Soon after the press conference, Ryan appeared on MSNBC and said that she felt like “roadkill,” Raw Story wrote.
“I don’t have an agenda,” Ryan said. “We’ve never seen anything like this before and my question was simple, how do you change the perception problem?”
“And it went off into this Russian dressing, no shaking my head or whatever,” she recalled. “You cannot ignore, as a reporter, there are issues on Capitol Hill. You have investigations going. You have the head of the intel committee coming here to the White House briefing people, the president himself.”
She concluded: “I understand what Sean is doing… trying to make this administration look better than what it does right now. And unfortunately, I was roadkill today.”
This isn’t the first time this new administration has treated Ryan less than the coveted writer her resume proves she is.
Earlier this year, Ryan asked #45 if he was planning on meeting with the Congressional Black Congress to which he replied, “Well, I would. I tell you what, do you want to set up the meeting? Do you want to set up the meeting?”
Sadly, the testy exchange between Spicer and Ryan happened not too long after Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly boasted that he couldn’t hear past Waters’ repeated condemnation of President Trump because he was distracted by her hairstyle.
“I didn’t hear a word [Waters] said. I was looking at the James Brown wig. If we have a picture of James, it’s the same wig,” he said.
What I do know is that these white men better learn to put some “respeck” on these amazing Black women’s names, like STAT!