APRIL RYAN CALLING INTO QUESTION DESIREE ROGERS’ PERFORMANCE?!!??
Over at Bossip, I read about the incident that occurred between Journalist and White House Correspondent, April Ryan (left), and the White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs recently and was really ashamed and disappointed. Basically, it started when April Ryan questioned Desiree Rogers, who happens to be the first black Social Secretary, performance as the Social Secretary prior to the Salahis crashing the White House party a few weeks ago. Rogers has been under scrutiny lately for her office’s role in the security mix-up that allowed the uninvited couple to get into the White House-mind you this is also a secret service problem as well. So once Ryan questioned Roger’s performance, she then proceeded to ask Gibbs if Rogers was trying to outshine Michelle Obama-outshining meaning, doing photo shoots (see last post) and fashion spreads. Some say that Gibbs tried to undermined Ryan, and some are even saying race was a factor, but I disagree completely. I thought her questions were irrelevant and unprofessional. Maybe Gibbs comparing her to his five year-old was over the line, but in all Ryan took it there. This incident disappointed me because I respected April Ryan as a black journalist and her accomplishment she made by being one of a handful of black White House correspondents even given that prestigious title. However, I feel like of all people who would call into question the performance of another black women, she would be the last person to do so. She really made black Journalist and black women look bad.
Also, I started thinking about this incident in general, how one black women is basically trying to tear down the image of another black woman. This type of stuff still occurs, whether in the workplace or in this case, the media and its sad to tell you the truth. Being of a marginalized group, black women have always been given less and expected of doing less, so you would think that in this day in age we wouldn’t be tearing each other down, but instead trying to uplift one another.Have you ever found yourself in a position where another sista was giving you attitude for no reason? Trying to undermine your accomplishments? Put you down? Check the video below, and tell me what you think.
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