Eboni Okay. Williams defends feedback on Black males and mediocrity
Eboni K Williams has a crystal clear message for people who criticize her recent comment about “the bigotry of low expectations” among black men: “I said what I said!”
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Williams doesn’t back down: ‘Our culture NEEDS this conversation’
On Thursday, the commentator and Real Housewives of New York City alum appeared at The Breakfast Club to address the situation.
After explaining her comment and engaging in a back and forth with DJ envy On the impact of her statements, Williams spoke about how she prioritizes facts over feelings.
“More than hurt feelings, I care about providing my people with facts and information that say the current way of life for the majority of black Americans is not serving us.”
After reiterating that she “deviates from the facts and figures,” she spoke about “Black America’s current positioning.”
“If you agree with Black America’s current positioning, then we do [have] the lowest income, the lowest home ownership, the lowest educated group, so be it.”
she added “I don’t agree with that, so I’ve said what I said about countering low-expectation bigotry.”
Williams proclaimed that while she understands people’s anger, “someone has to start telling the truth.”
“I’m naming it … I acknowledge the pain, but someone has to start speaking the truth to our people.”
After that interview, Williams continued the conversation on Instagram.
Beneath an upload, Williams admitted that — regardless of people’s attitudes — she knows “our culture NEEDS this conversation.”
“Baby, what I know for sure is that our culture NEEDS this conversation. Regardless of your position or how you feel about this convo, we must reckon with the layers of these issues within the black community now…or deal with the consequences later.”
She finally added, “Please keep the conversation going in the comments.”
Here is the overview of the Eboni K. Williams discussion
The conversation first began during a sit down between Williams and Iyanla Vanzant on TheGrio.
After Williams mentioned how successful black women can feel that available men “don’t make enough money” or “appear in leadership,” Vanzant asked if she would “date a bus driver.”
In return, Williams announced that she would only do this “if he owns the bus.”
When Williams received online backlash to her statements, she stepped in and clarified that rather than slamming working-class people, she is actually “streaming into the rise of black men.”
“I am actually speaking and pouring into the rise of Black men as I said what I said. But no, some of you have been too busy labeling and shaming me personally and black women in general as unwanted gold diggers.”
The commenter unapologetically noted that while many may be used to her “mediocrity” being praised, she personally does not support it “The Bigotry of Low Expectations.”
“Average is and will never be good enough for me. And the gag is, I don’t think it’s good enough for you either.”
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