In Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport over the weekend, 2005 American Idol runner-up Bo Bice's feelings were mortally wounded by the "RACIST EMPLOYEES" at Popeyes Chicken. "He's already got his, that white boy over there," the 41-year-old Alabama native says an employee said in reference to him. In a post deleted by Facebook, Bice said the remark was "condescending" and the employee in question was "laughing at and mocking my name (Bow-Bow, Boo-Boo, Bo-Bo) for 5 minutes straight with other employees."
He even got to go on Fox 5 Atlanta to talk about his harrowing experience with the nonexistent system that is #reverseracism, where he wept. "The fact that I've got to sit on TV and come down a notch and look like a petty little brat by tweeting and Facebooking this, just to open up dialogue so we can have an adult conversation, is ridiculous. And America," he said, staring down the camera, tears still shimmering on his cheeks, "you should be ashamed."
Fox 5 reported that the employee had been suspended; Bice told his 31,500 FB followers that she only kept her job because he was benevolent enough to allow it:
"Shawana wasn't fired, and the reason she wasn't fired is because I asked Edith Hunter her manager not to do so. I told her that she needs some sensitivity training and the behavior pattern of these employees needs to stop. You're welcome Shawan, I hope you get you attitude under control and that the training your team receives helps to stop this from happening to other. I hope you get back to work soon!"
Good god is that some self-important white savior shit.
When his original Facebook post was deleted, Bice wrote, "All I wanted was an apology... Now, Popeyess will be hearing from my attorney, and to all you FB fans of mine, I'll be deleting this communist media platform from my devices and life." About the crying on TV, he explained:
"I began to cry and got emotional because I told a story of buying a build-a-bear for a young girl for Christmas this year in Birmingham who was black. Her Father/Grandfather was a Veteran and I wanted to secretly do something nice for them for the holidays. He sacrificed so much for our country and I wanted to do something small to thanks him. I got emotional telling that story because I never looked at the color of their skin, I saw a little girl who was getting her 1st build-a-bear, that's special, I wanted to treat her to something for Christmas. I got emotional over telling that story, not crying because I was called 'White Boy.'"
Here are some primers on the racism of "I don't see color." Also, Bice several times asked people to consider what would have happened if the tables were turned and he had made a remark about someone "of ethnicity." He wrote "of ethnicity" more than one time.
Here's the statement Mack II, the company that owns the airport Popeyes, should never have been strong-armed into writing:
“Mack II Inc. is very sorry that the incident occurred and for any pain or embarrassment that Mr. Bice experienced. The company does not condone the behavior of one of our associates and we took corrective action as soon as we were made aware of the incident. Also, we will require re-training of our associates to ensure this isolated incident does not occur again. In addition, Mr. Bice has been issued an apology by the General Manager. We value all of our customers regardless of race, religion, age, disability, gender, etc.”
Here's Bo Bice crying:
And here are some tweets; goodbye:
Whenever white people feel threatened in the presence of Black/Brown it's never good. White feelings trump all else it seems.— Shay Stewart Bouley (@blackgirlinmain) March 25, 2016
nothing i hate more than the silencing of black women... especially when it comes for the purpose of sheltering white feelings.— brown sugar (@svharla) December 23, 2016
it shouldn't surprise me anymore but every other a day a white person astounds me with their capacity to always center their white feelings— Follow the Shen Way (@theshenners) December 24, 2016
Imagine thinking PoC care about your white feelings— andromeda (@andromeera) December 18, 2016