Danielle Brooks, breakout star of Netflix's Orange Is the New Black, flies first class. That apparently shocked one airport worker who glanced at the black actress' ticket and said, "Lucky you."
"I hate when gate agents look at me like I've never flown first class and say, 'You're in first class, lucky you!'" the actress wrote Thursday in a tweet that she has since deleted.
As of Monday, Brooks had not explained why she deleted the tweet or said whether she thought she was a victim of subtle racism.
It's entirely possible the gate agent was not throwing shade or racial slights at Brooks. But her interpretation of the exchange is likely rooted in grief over a decades-old stereotype. It's a belief that upwardly mobile blacks are an exception to the rule of assumed racial and socioeconomic inferiority to whites. The prejudice is baseless — black people stunt on the regular.
So, don't congratulate black people
they buy luxury goods. They can afford them, too. ...
Many black people achieve
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they get the latest smartphones. They leverage technology in ways unparalleled by other groups. ...
Despite the black-white income gap, brand advertisers
Black use of smartphone technology and social media websites such as Twitter and Facebook helped drive the national Black Lives Matter movement that challenged police brutality and the killing of black people in recent years.
they attend Ivy League schools. Many are admitted to them every year. ...
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they live in nice apartments. And they are still buying homes. ...
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White households had an accumulated wealth that was 13 times the median amount
The aforementioned examples of racial inequality need more solutions, not