Imagine someone giving a speech to a large group of people about something they care about deeply and seriously. They have a long list of credentials, cover serious topics, and deliver the message beautifully.
Would these facts about the eloquence and the delivery of the speech be spoken about throughout the world.
Not if this someone is a black woman. Because this person is a black woman, the only thing that show host Bill O'Reilly can think of is the state of her hair, deeming it a "James Brown" wig.
This is not the first time that O'Reilly has been called racist and sexist, making multiple joke that victimize numerous communities in the past.
O'Reilly's comments were not only seen as sexist, but also racist.
Being a woman in the world is enough of a challenge without the added weight of being black put on top of that.
Women are constantly mocked, taken as a joke, ignored, pushed to the side, demeaned, abused, and seen as inferior by a vast majority of the world. Time after time, the credentials of women are not seen as things to be proud of, but rather afterthoughts after they label women as "emotional" and "immature".
Once a woman is a Person of Color, this type of disrespect increases tenfold. The attack on Maxine Waters' hair was not only a jab at women and the stereotype that all women care about are their looks, but it is also a jab at the stereotype that black women cannot have good hair, and that all of their hair is fake and of low quality.
Sadly, this is not the first, nor the last time this will happen to women who dare to show their face and speak their mind. On the same note, this is not the first time that this has happened to Waters, as well.
Waters, as someone in the black community, has been on the receiving end of many racially-charged jokes, ranging from subtle to completely uncalled for and downright disgusting.
For example, in 2012, TV host Eric Bolling made the remark that Waters should "step away from the crack pipe". This man was unsurprisingly a host on FOX news.
There is absolutely no question that there is a serous problem in the way society views women when they are not judged for the content that they are speaking, but how well they are dressed, if they are showing too much skin, or if their hair is not in pristine condition.
Women deserve the same amount of respect as men receive, and this is a fact that is too often overlooked in the eyes of society today. As it stands now, O'Reilly has many apologists standing by his side, claiming that "nobody knows how to take a joke" and that the world "always wants to pull the race card".
When this whole debacle was covered on a late night TV show, Ben Furguson, a white man, asked the question "When will everyone stop pulling the race card?"
Well, Mr. Ferguson, the answer is simple.
People will stop pulling the race card when it stops applying.