It is much easier to condone blackface when you have no black neighbors.
Kelly grew up in a world without diversity and she still employs the lessons from her youth as a guide within an increasingly diverse and racially equitable America. Kelly tacitly yearns for the simplicity of her homogenous white upbringing as a panacea against the complexity of an America with a growing chorus of non-white voices.
This inclination makes her wholly inadequate to progressives, yet her conservative appeal has also fallen since she left Fox News. Kelly exists within a cultural, political, and journalistic no man’s land.
Lack brought Kelly to NBC to bridge the partisan divide, yet despite her evident disdain for Trump she unintentionally espouses his divisive philosophy albeit with a slightly more palatable façade.
While it would be unfair to describe Kelly as a racist, the logical and emotional foundations of her stance on blackface bear greater resemblance to Trump’s “Make America Great Again” rhetoric than any other current political message. They both ache for a white dominated yesteryear where overt racism was not considered racism because America’s systemic racism had effectively silenced the voices, ignored the history, and marginalized the existence of the non-white Americans negatively impacted by these actions. One side thirsts for white supremacy and the other remains cosseted in the ignorance of non-white people and the systemic racism that buttresses their white homogeneity. Kelly is obviously the latter.
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Megyn Kelly is about my age, as is Brett Kavanaugh. In my childhood, blackface was not acceptable, nor was sexual assault. Kelly and Kavanaugh probably went to some off-the-hook Frat/Sorority parties where both blackface and sexual assault occurred.