This Week in Coonery: SNL Does a Blackface Skit with No Makeup on Shannon Sharpe
by Askia Toure
SNL is back at it again–this time with “actor” Jay Pharoah’s no-makeup-needed Blackface skit, mocking NFL hall-of-famer Shannon Sharpe. It only took me a few seconds of the film to figure out why a friend forwarded SNL’s skit.
During This Week In Coonery, we’re reminded why we can’t have nice things. We’re also reminded why we need alternative media outlets to display constructive images of African peoples. We also need to correctly educate our youth since it may be too late for those suffering from such advanced stages of Post Traumatic Slave Syndome (PTSS). We could start with master teacher Dr. Neely Fuller’s books like The United Independent Compensatory Code System Concept: a Textbook/Workbook For Thought, Speech and/or Action for Victims of Racism (white supremacy). One of Brother Fuller’s rules for combating the system is to never publicly insult or feud with another person of color. This includes over-the-top slave-garb comedy like this SNL skit.
Themes like this and Russell Simmons’ Harriet Tubman sex tape spoof aren’t harmless comedy. There are just certain things you don’t do, especially at the behest of whites [white supremacy]. Predominantly white institutions often get the tokens to do their dirty work, vicariously through Blacks to avoid the backlash they’d receive if they did it themselves. If I was Jay Pharoah, I would’ve immediately rejected the skit and suggested an alternative. This is simply the love, honor and respect I have for Black people, especially my elders/ancestors. Unfortunately, few share this extreme passion with me.
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