Valerie Jarrett responds to racist Roseanne Barr tweet targeted at her
Valerie Jarrett responded to Roseanne Barr's infamously racist tweet by saying that it should be used as a 'teaching moment.'
Obama's former Director of the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs appeared in front of an audience at MSNBC's Everyday Racism in America and discussed the concerning issue.
According to Jarrett, she is doing well despite Barr's attack on Twitter, adding that she was lucky enough to have 'a circle of friends and followers' come to her defense.
The 61-year-old revealed that she was happy for being able to make an appearance on Everyday Racism in America in order to tell everyone how loving and supporting one another can be helpful in the long run.
To Jarrett, the major example of love and support should come from the top, or, in other words, from the President of the United States, because he is the one representing the country and should reflect its values.
.@ValerieJarrett responds to Roseanne Barr's tweet, saying Disney’s chairman called her before announcing that ABC was canceling the show: "This should be a teaching moment.” #EverydayRacism pic.twitter.com/b0EvA8WAeY— MSNBC (@MSNBC) May 29, 2018
But, as Jarrett later explained, the government shouldn't have to demonstrate the power of support in the battle against racist on its own, and that everyone should contribute to the cause.
"Our government is only going to be as good as we make it be. And as the reverend always taught me, you have to be — people on the inside have to push hard and people on the outside have to listen.”
Valerie Jarrett, MSNBC, May 30, 2018
During her speech, Jarrett also mentioned Bob Iger, Disney's CEO, and thanked him for calling her and apologizing for Barr's words, guaranteeing that Roseanne would be canceled even before the decision was made public.
Barr apologized for saying that Jarrett was the result of a crossover between the Muslim Brotherhood and the Planet of the Apes franchise, but the actress later deleted the tweets, even though they had already been seen by thousands of people.