I’m sure if you’re on Social Media there’s a good chance that you’ve come across the McClure twins. Alexis and Ava are two beautiful girls with big personalities. They share hair tips, their thoughts on the day, and interactions with their parents and baby brother.
Their mother, Ami Dunn McClure, is Nigerian and their father, Justin McClure is White. According to Bossip, Before his daughters became famous, McClure was attempting to have a career as a comedian. His professional Twitter page was changed to his daughters’ page once they became popular.
Apparently daddy didn’t do a very good job cleaning up his Twitter, because recently someone found some old tweets from Justin McClure that suggest that he had stereotypical and racist beliefs. He tried to delete the posts from 2010 and 2011, but of course, people took screenshots.
In them, he wrote things like:
“Black people can’t say ‘ask’ but they have no trouble saying Cadillac Escalade. #IfIWasBlack #blackpeoplecantsayask.”
“Dominican women I know: Ilia, Awilda, Janitsy, Zora. Black women I know: Chandelier, Lasagna, Constellation, Walgreens #whenblackpeoplegetpaid.”
“Mark my word…one day a black woman will name a child Allergies, “My Allergies been acting up lately…daaaaamn.”
[We should note that this one was composed after his daughters were born, to their Black mother.]
“Lately I’ve been under the impression…Impression is this black girl I went out with. She loves being on top. #blackgirls #ghetto.”
As if the tweets, weren’t enough, Justin McClure also authored a blog post where he discussed the hurdles for White men attempting to date Black women.
“White guys are typically more cautious, laid back, and considerate of women. White guys might see a hot black girl at a bar or something, but talk themselves out of approaching because Anderson Cooper comes on in 30 minutes. They have to get home. Black and Spanish men lifting weights on the corner don’t even know who Anderson Cooper is, but they hope he buys their new mix tape. In New York City I’ve seen black and Spanish men sing to women on the street, saw a black man with bags of groceries chase a woman down many blocks (he had ice cream too), and one time I saw a Spanish guy jump the subway tracks to get to the other side in effort to talk to a girl. When he got there the girl wasn’t interested. He came back across the tracks and waited for his train like it never happened. Kid you not.
Black women have never been opposed to dating white men (for the most part) so when they get an email from a cute chalky boy they are like “He’s cute. I’ll definitely go out with him”, but on the street that would have never happen because the white guy would be too busy thinking about TED talks or buying books off Amazon.com to notice the sister. White guys don’t make the moves in person. So Caucasian guys if you want to date a black girl or curvy Spanish chick, get online. Send some emails. Talk about how you love piñatas and Fubu, whatever it takes.”
And in case there’s any confusion about where the racism exists, allow me to spell it out for you.
- He insults Black folks’ intelligence by claiming we can’t pronounce the word “ask.”
- He makes fun of Black names— creating his own outlandish ones like Walgreens. Really, this is an issue of ignorance. As a people who have had our language, culture and customs taken from us, we’ve created our own names. And while there are some people who may regard them as ghetto or classless, they are ours.
- He evokes a Black woman’s sexuality only to describe it as #ghetto. Word to the wise, a White person using the word ghetto to describe Black people is always coded. It’s a demarcation of lack of class, lack of resources, lack of intelligence, still, as a White man he doesn’t mind engaging this type of Black woman for sexual purposes.
- In his blog post on interracial dating, he relies heavily on stereotypes of Black men being unrefined, unintelligent, unconcerned and brutish. While the White man is educated, “considerate” and informed about current events.
The part about the piñatas and FUBU are not racist as much as they are making light of cultural staples or reducing entire communities down to objects and brands. It’s reductionist and ignorant—the type of culture outsiders, read White people can readily see but won’t take the time to learn more about.