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    TV Anchor Apologizes After Comparing Black Cohost To a Gorilla



    Source: CNN.com

    A morning TV anchor in Oklahoma apologized a day after likening her black cohost to a gorilla.

    Alex Housden said a gorilla at the Oklahoma City Zoo "kind of looks like you" to her colleague, Jason Hackett, at the end of a feature on KOCO-TV, a CNN affiliate, on Thursday.
    She addressed what she called hurtful comments on the next day's show.

    "I said something yesterday that was inconsiderate, it was inappropriate, and I hurt people," a tearful Housden said to the audience and Hackett.

    "And I want you to know, I understand how much I hurt you out there and how much I've hurt you. I love you so much, and you have been one of my best friends for the past year and a half. And I would never do anything on purpose to hurt you. And I love our community and I want you all to know, from the bottom of my heart, I apologize for what I said. I know it was wrong and I am so sorry."

    Housden did not address the racism implicit in her comparing an African American to an ape. Hackett accepted the apology on air and acknowledged the pain caused.
    "It cut deep for me and it cut deep for a lot of you in the community," he said.

    Housden and Hackett each reached out to the other as they spoke. Hackett agreed Housden was one of his best friends.

    Hackett said he hoped the episode could serve as a wake-up call and a "teachable moment" that "words matter," especially during a time of changing demographics in America.

    "We have to understand the stereotypes," he said. "We have to understand each other's backgrounds and the words that hurt, the words that cut deep."
    "If we were going to stand in darkness, best we stand in a darkness we had made ourselves.” ― Douglas Coupland, Shampoo Planet

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    Well, he did.
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    Some animals look like people, some the other way around. There is a dog meme that I see every now and then that its face looks like a former co-worker's face. It doesn't mean that I think he is a dog or that all people like him are dogs.

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    Racial tensions and the aftermath aside, I'm not amused by shamelessly rude stuff like this and it plays into stereotypes about white people having an inclination toward dehumanization. Would you compare your co-host to a rat/dog/hippo/whale on live television? Wth? I remember when hordes of double-digit IQ conservatives were ridiculing Michelle Obama like this constantly - it was embarrassing and self-defeating.

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    Negroids do resemble apes very closely and it is for an obvious reason. I also like these occurrences as it keeps racial tension and hostility active. The more polarizing the better. If you think removing foreign races from your society will happen with friendly handshakes and singing kumbaya then you are very mistaken. Repatriation will have to be forced in many cases, though some may willingly leave.

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    My first encounter with a negro was in 1945 as American troops settled in my home town. Many black GI's were truck drivers. I did not see them mingling much with white ones.
    The explanation I got being black is that Negroes liked to color themselves with black shoe polish. How ridiculous was that? I remember shaking my hand with a negro. I looked at my hand to see if some of that shoe polish got on my hand. The guy just laughed his head off.
    So, here in America we have many black people. Whose fault is it? Who brought them here? They are here to stay, nothing is going to change. Racism will never vanish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fjaran View Post
    I also like these occurrences as it keeps racial tension and hostility active.
    They already hate us for the experience of being a minority, there is already an endless supply of grievances...why? This kind of stuff doesn't change hearts and minds on our side, it can prejudice people against ever listening to "our side" though.

    If you think removing foreign races from your society will happen with friendly handshakes and singing kumbaya then you are very mistaken. Repatriation will have to be forced in many cases, though some may willingly leave.
    Total strawman.

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    I doubt the host meant it the way the media present this issue and race probably didn't enter her mind - it was likely a harmless joke. It doesn't make sense for her to insult her co-host this way. If she had compared an Anglo to a gorilla nobody would've cared.
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