Title

Microaggressions Are No Small Matter: Bill O'Reilly and Sean Spicer Demonstrated how Covert Racism Operates in America

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-2017

Abstract

Just hours after Bill O'Reilly was widely criticized for characterizing Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters' hair as a "James Brown wig" on Tuesday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer also found himself subject to condemnation after scolding American Urban Radio Networks correspondent April Ryan in a manner many have likened to how a parent might discipline a child. The fact that both exchanges involved white men criticizing black women who are veterans in their respective fields quickly became a subject of scrutiny.