Opinion: The real racist

POSTED: 02/4/13 2:36 PM

That some people are dumb as a brick is probably not their fault. They were simply not in the front row when God distributed brains. Such is the case with gossip web site writer Bibi Shaw who exposed her own incompetencies when she was thrown out of the courthouse on Wednesday.
Incompetency means according to the Legal Dictionary “The lack of ability, knowledge, legal qualification, or fitness to discharge a required duty or professional obligation.”

The term incompetency has several meanings in the law. When it is used to describe the mental condition of a person subject to legal proceedings, it means the person is neither able to comprehend the nature and consequences of the proceedings nor adequately able to help an attorney with his defense. When it is used to describe the legal qualification of a person, it means the person does not have the legal capacity to enter a contract. When it is employed to describe a professional duty or obligation, it means that the person has demonstrated a lack of ability to perform professional functions.

Whichever part of the definition applies, it remains a fact that Shaw violated courtroom rules when she was blabbing on the phone while court was in session. Another violation was that she had a camera hanging around her neck – also a no no.

But when a prosecutor who attended the hearing professionally pointed this out to the rather obnoxious gossip-writer, Shaw did not want to listen and in the end a policeman removed her from the court room.

End of story?

Hm. Shaw drew her own conclusions. But first, let’s have a look at how she sees herself. On her Facebook page, Shaw describes herself like this: “I am an easy going person, straight forward and honest. I love to help people in need. Please I don’t want messages from lesbians.”

Back to the courtroom-story. The actions of the prosecutor “clearly portrayed racism” she managed to utter on her site.


Apparently, Shaw has trouble understanding the true meaning of racism. Let’s see what the respectable Merriam-Webster dictionary has to say about this term: “A belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race.”

The dictionary gives a couple of examples to clarify the term.

“Hitler’s declaration of his belief in a “master race” was an indication of the inherent racism of the Nazi movement.”

“The recording career of the Henderson band was brief … due partly to the racism of booking agencies that didn’t take on black acts until the mid-’30s, when Henderson’s career was on the downswing. —Greg Tate, Vibe, April 1995.”

“Today, Hawaii has one of the most diverse populations anywhere. Each group has its own stories of prejudice and opportunities limited by racism. —Jill Center, San Francisco Chronicle, March 16, 1995.”

These examples make clear that when a white prosecutor calls a black or colored gossip writer on her behavior this has nothing to do with racism.

But there is of course racism involved in this story. People who cry racism usually have no real arguments to bring to the party. They wallow in the black and white issue, take the role of the underdog and cry foul to hide their shortcomings. That’s what Shaw did. So in fact, by making the incident a racial matter – while racism was nowhere to be seen – the real racist in this story is none other than Bibi Shaw herself.

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