Track star Lolo Jones mocked Trayvon Martin’s friend, Rachel Jeantel, on Twitter by comparing her to Tyler Perry’s alter-ego ‘Madea.’
Jeantel, 19, was the last person to speak with Martin on the night of February 26, 2012, 5 minutes before he was gunned down by George Zimmerman, 29.
In addition to the usual racists, some classist, elitist, colorist, Talented Tenth and miseducated Black people have taken to social media to voice disgust at her inability to code-switch and her “ghetto” demeanor. They have also ridiculed her skin color and weight, in addition to laughing at her inability to read and write cursive English — even though Creole and Spanish are her first languages.
The conditioned hatred is pronounced.
Now Lolo Jones, who went on an extended “poor little pretty girl I don’t know why my teammates hate me’ routine last year after Dawn Harper and Kellie Wells couldn’t hide their disgust with her attention-grabbing antics, has joined Jeantel’s petty critics.
Wallowing in light-skin, attractive and thin privilege, she used her platform to compare a young woman to an overweight, stereotypically ignorant and “sassy” Black woman — at the height of an intense murder trial.
Keep it classy, Lolo – if you can.
Then we have Jones, who by tearing a page from the ‘Miseducation of the (House) Negro,’ managed to, in 140-characters or less, alienate and offend people who previously supported her.
Note to Ms. Jones: Rachel Jeantel is not the stereotype; you are. From now on, when people make assumptions about light-skinned privilege and lack of empathy for women who don’t meet the standard acceptability criteria, you will be pointed to as the perfect example.
Perhaps you should focus on solidifying your position in the track world, instead of as an unfortunate cliche.