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Thoughts On WTAE-TV Anchor Wendy Bell (The “White Privilege Turducken”) Getting Fired Today

When I wrote about WTAE-TV anchor Wendy Bell’s racially problematic Facebook post last week, I began by stating I did not intend for her to get fired. This was true then and is still true now. I wasn’t writing with that aim. And even now, after learning she was let go earlier today, I don’t feel particularly happy about it. Mainly because the process of seeing, being disappointed by, assessing, and writing/tweeting/talking about a powerful and/or prominent media figure doing something like this is exhausting. Too exhausting to mine some legitimate joy from it. Equally exhausting is the process of explaining why what Bell said was wrong to people who either don’t see or choose not to see why it was. I guess the word to describe how I might be feeling is vindicated. But I wouldn’t even say that. I’m just tired of the fatiguing but necessary task of exposing Wendy Bells.

That said, I don’t feel bad for her either. She very much deserved to get fired. She earned this. Her post, the edits, the hysterical deleting of critical comments, her sorry, not-sorry apology — these were all symptoms of a sickness. A specifically American aliment that plagues some of our White brethren and sistren; convincing them that their worldviews and opinions and thoughts and feelings are the only ones that matter. When people allude to “White Privilege” and “White Fragility” (and jokingly refer to it with “White Tears”) this is what they’re talking about. The idea that their Whiteness is omniscient and inherently superseding. Considering America’s history and present, it’s admittedly understandable why they’d believe that. But understandable is a reason. It is not an excuse. Not today. And a person afflicted with this sickness — especially one who seemed not to even realize it existed in her, and scoffed at the suggestion that it did — is not fit to be a journalist.

Damon Young

Damon Young is the editor-in-chief of VSB. He is also a columnist for GQ.com And he's working on a book of essays to be published by Ecco (HarperCollins). Damon is busy. He lives in Pittsburgh, and he really likes pancakes. Reach him at damon@verysmartbrothas.com. Or don't. Whatever.

  • Guest

    I am the mother of four children. With multiple fathers. I work multiple jobs. I have no husband. And my kids are funny, regular, good kids with good grades and the most grief they give me is who is going to do who’s dishes. They aren’t an example of remarkable blackness, they are just normal kids *shrug*. I’m tired of people acting like blackness is inherently evil with a few shining stars while white guys with two parents and a stable household are shooting up elementary schools. We are for the most part regular people. And the criminal minded and mentally challenged are the ones who commit crimes.

    • Kas

      Seriously though, in my opinion, remarkable blackness is just living your life as best you can with minimal bs. Getting up and doing what needs to be done is an impressive feat of which many people are incapable.

    • n24rc

      Amen.

      • Dianne

        Will pray for you. Amen.

    • Dianne

      Unfortunately some white people prefer to believe the negative sterotyoes of “blackness” as it makes them feel superior & gives them an excuse for their racism. I’m white but luckily I figured it out at the age of 5 and rejected racist attitudes. Nevertheless, I think we all have some prejudiced (preconceived) ideas, but if we are aware and fight against them, we can avoid falling into the trap of racism.

      • Alessio Pinna

        You are THE stereotype of blackness, madame. 4 kids from more than one father… maybe four – and you dont even seem to think thats bad in any form. I can only imagine how messed up your kids must be, how unstable they must feel, and how estranged from the idea of what a normal, stable, serene family is you are to think that having 4 half.siblings is completely hunky-dory. And i can easily imagine you one day complaining when some cracker cop kills one of them because he was robbing a home… only for you to say that he was such a nice kid, and it probably was all fault of his friends, and why did the cop had to shoot anyway?

        • Dianne

          Are you talking to me? My husband and I have 3 grown kids. No previous marriages for either of us. I have a Master’s Degree in Education and four teaching credentials.

          • Alessio Pinna

            No, it was aimed at “guest”. Either i addressed it wrongly, or the system somehow moved it. Probably the former.

    • Alessio Pinna

      You are THE stereotype of blackness, madame. 4 kids from more than one
      father… maybe four – and you dont even seem to think thats bad in any
      form. I can only imagine how messed up your kids must be, how unstable
      they must feel, and how estranged from the idea of what a normal,
      stable, serene family is you are to think that having 4 half.siblings is
      completely hunky-dory. And i can easily imagine you one day complaining
      when some cracker cop kills one of them because he was robbing a
      home… only for you to say that he was such a nice kid, and it probably
      was all fault of his friends, and why did the cop had to shoot anyway?

      • Guest

        She is not the stereotype of blackness. People of all ethnic and racial backgrounds have children in outside of marriage. Society just chooses to police Black people for doing so. Marriage does not equate to children having more stable, healthy, or emotionally nurturing homes.

        And even if someone’s child engages in criminal behavior, we have a criminal justice system (though deeply flawed) to address that. Cops manage to apprehend White people who commit a crime without incident every damn day.

        • Alessio Pinna

          Society “racially profiles” blacks because they commit VASTLY more crimes than other ethinicties: and there are official statistics that proves that. Marriage… well, we dont have stats on that. We DO have stats that prove how single motherhood, though, exposes kids to much higher risks of a lot of negatives (lower school results, higher drug uses, higher crime rates etc); and single motherhood is particularly high in black families.

          • lissa_the_cocoa

            That’s because of poverty, not race. There’s nothing inherently criminal about being black. Middle-class and upper-class black people are not more likely to be criminals than white people. Single motherhood is also tied up with other disadvantages (race, class, neighborhood, etc.) so there’s no easy way to disentangle whether it’s single motherhood or other systemic disadvantage that leads to these problems.

            • Alessio Pinna

              That poverty helps crime, it is undeniable. That blacks are not the only poor race in the USA, and still commits huge amount of crimes, its true too. Plus, poverty does not explain BS like no snitching, gangsta culture, single motherhood (is that part of poverty too? I wonder why it didnt explode during the great depression, then), or the canonization of thugs like michael brown, tryvon martin or that heroine dealer whose name i forgot only because they got killed by the police.

              • Guest

                If you want to say n*gger say n*gger. Don’t be a coward and say thug.

          • Guest

            Higher rates still isn’t synonymous with majority or epidemic. It’s just higher than white rates. White rate are just the *acceptable* rates. It’s what we call normal, accept to the alot of developed countries in the world, white Americans are violent in comparison. Asians have lower rates than whites, but because white people are the standard of normality, the 6 million white people who get arrested a year, well….that’s normal. That’s okay….there’s no need to do anything about white crime. Case in point, black women kill twice as many people as white women kill a year. Sounds frightening right? But if you look at the actual numbers, my daughters are four of 23,000,000 women in America, only about 300 black women kill a year. Mathmatically, 0.001% of black women kill a year. So is it okay to treat all black women like potential murderers because they are twice as likely to kill, when in actuality the teeny weenyest amount of us do?

  • Me

    That last paragraph was concision gold! I’m here for it. Brief and effective.

    • Davemate

      Well when they or if they ever catch the people responsible for the murders I garuntee she is correct. No one can debate this. There are profiles for every crime. If this was a serial killer he would be white middle aged. Is that racist, no because that’s the typical serial killer. Stop crying racism all the time and start looking at things for what they are.

      • Reemo

        Take this with a grain assault but I would not make garuntees if I were you.

        • MALynn

          Hahahaha! I was giving you the side-eye, but then I was like “There’s no way someone is this dumb”. And then I re-read ^ comment. You win!

          • AnswerMe

            Trying to figure out if they really think guarantee is spelled that way or…

        • GirlMelanie86

          This is brilliance.

        • Davemate

          You mean ” a grain of salt” and ” I wouldn’t make garuntees”. Communication skills are key when speaking and comprehending. So your point is that you think that the murderers are a group of whites when 90 percent of black murders are commited by blacks. I would love to know your rational here.

          • AnswerMe

            But you spelled guarantee “garuntee” so…

          • GirlMelanie86

            They’re actually making fun of you, dude.

            • Davemate

              They being exactly what we are talking about here. If you think this is a black white thing you need to think again because I’m black and embarrassed that anyone of my race thinks that what Wendy bell said was less than accurate

              • GirlMelanie86

                No, they’re literally making fun of your misspelling of words… why does this need to be explained?

                • Davemate

                  I’m not concerned with misspelling of words. This is a forum about an actual issue not a spelling bee.

            • Mochasister

              Shh! Don’t tell; he’s a funny troll. Let’s keep him!

          • Brass Tacks

            “So your point is that you think that the murderers are a group of whites when 90 percent of black murders are commited by blacks.”

            Wha? That sure is some Kehlani type arithmetic there my good man.

          • Reemo

            I hate to be the bear of bad news but for all intensive porpoises the rational behind any of these things is secondary to your comment. You yourself said “Communication skills are key when speaking and comprehending” so we shouldn’t take them for granite.

            • Reemo

              I’m sorry y’all I’m done I just couldn’t resist.

              • MsShaynaT

                Haha.. I love you.

              • Kas

                Extremely, well done

            • foolish, lol

            • Aly

              This is perfect lol

            • Oluseyi

              CRINE!

            • Mochasister

              Ok, now you’re just being a smart butt….and I am here for it!

            • Cheech

              I’m going to start using “the bear of bad news.”

        • Damon Young

          this is awesome. thank you.

        • Mochasister

          Lol! Maybe he’s Cajun?

          • Shanna

            Nope. He’s just witty AF.

            • Kas

              Mocha is referring to Davemate as possibly being Cajun.

      • Jeff McDowell

        I agree completely. Dave mate for president. You said exactly what every white person is afraid to say.

        • MsShaynaT

          Y’all aren’t really afraid though. You’ve been saying racist crap since we got here.

  • Beat Doctor

    Bye, Felicia. (although I agree that ‘Bye, Elizabeth’ would be super-appropriate here)

  • Madame Zenobia

    See, I think firings like this continue to protect White privilege and fragility. It lets the wrong doer become a victim in many ways. Now the story is about “PC culture” and “freedom of speech” and all the stupid buzz words used by the dumb mfs who don’t see anything wrong with what she said initially. She’s going to get empathy and sympathy and ultimately get another job elsewhere and come out better a la Imus/Bounty Hunter.

    No, I want you to be wrong and on display for your wrongness to be seen. I want your nose rubbed in it, like when you’re trying to housebreak a puppy. The appropriate thing to do would have been to make her research why what she did and said was wrong then broadcast it as a week long series. Suspend her from the anchor desk until she did it.

    Firing her is too easy. It fixes nothing and nobody. Not her, not the dummies on her page who saw nothing wrong with her comments. Penance. Where’s her penance? That’s would make me feel better, real penance and consequences. Not just a firing.

    • Damon Young

      i’m glad you said this. This is another reason why being happy about this just doesn’t register with me. If anything it’s going to make people who believe the things she believes double down and circle the wagons. She did need to get fired. But I don’t know how much that micro decision addresses the macro issue

      • Madame Zenobia

        I really don’t think it addresses it at all. The best example I have is the resignation of the UM President last fall. I live 30 minutes away from Mizzou and despite the fact that the faculty had voted “no confidence” against him earlier that same month, or that the hunger strike was about health care for grad students as well as racial strife on campus, all people know (or care to know) is the (Black) football players forced him to resign because Black students don’t like how they are treated.

        Now, he definitely needed to go, but for a myriad of reasons. Not just what was reported.The difference between the two for me is that the students didn’t have to power to say “Here’s what needs to be fixed, do it by X date or else your fired.” WTAE, if they were committed to a “teachable moment”* could have taken a different course of action other than firing her, that would have made a difference for her and their viewership.

        *Which is why teachable moments outside of a parent-child relationship is bs. People never take the teachable moment, because it’s dangerous, scary, messy and potentially further damaging to step out on that limb. It’s too much of a risk to try to educate the wrong party and those under their influence about why tf they are wrong.

        • findawaytodobetter NOW

          Amen. Yet I disagree with the last paragraph It is difficult and painful scary messy risky BUT humans capacity to learn and change are evident in our history which is full of scary and messy it also takes TIME. Compassionate imagination is possible but education and greater consciousness is all we have outside of love and hope. The people who are DEAD/MURDERED in cold blood are lost in this conversation and I contend although her wipipo privilege got in the way what Ms Bell meant to do was bring attention to the absolute inhumanity and senselessness of the murders, to make meaning out of it. Her inability to understand is not the worst thing perpetrated on the black community in perspective of the real true evil lurking with guns and violence in their hearts. You slayed it with this “WTAE, if they were committed to a “teachable moment”* could have taken a different course of action other than firing her, that would have made a difference for her and their viewership.” please scream It from the mountain tops !

          • Connie

            I agree with your post. Having a heart for these senseless murders is by far more important than anything said. Tell me however privileged this woman seemed, is it not the murders that make one more angry than anything. They certainly got lost in the in the crossfire of off with her head!
            Please if the community is only yours instead of ours, please come up with an answer to which you cavalierly blame someone who is sickened by it.
            I am white but it really doesn’t have to matter to me as far as the man that was more upset about her statements being racist. Being a teacher of every ethnic child on this earth makes me want all to succeed. To my students (as children are) they would be the first to tell me it was probably someone from the neighborhood. They are honest. That is not privilege or racist. Just so truthful beyond the screwed up adults that learn how to twist things around to something ununrecognizable. I am praying that we can stop this and so are the families that live with death everywhere.

            • Let me help you out… it is OUR community… She can cry all of the white tears she deemed necessary or even give an opinion bit what did she DO to make it better. When has she lived ANY of the? White gaze is always so willing to offer up solutions and a anecdotes from their safe places.

              Sometimes … most times..they should just keep quiet.

              I can’t even count the funerals that I’ve been to… including my own family… many were innocent victims of gun violence..My very first time was in 1981 when my cousin, Keshia was shot in the head at a skating party.. She was 13.. and just skating.. the only person killed . Do you know that feeling?

              • shayna61

                Well she (condescendingly) complimented a black boy; that doesn’t count? /sarcasm

                When I read what she wrote (just now – hadn’t heard of this until seeing this post) I wanted to shake her. The arrogance. The privilege. The self-aggrandizement. It was all just so stunningly offensive. I don’t know what else to say beyond that. I’m simply lost for words.

                • Gloria Bettschart

                  That is so typical of most of these posts, “(just now – hadn’t heard of this until seeing this post)” regarding Wendy Bell’s complimenting the black bus boy. How many have read her whole original post. She was so heartbroken to read of those senseless killings and the two men who had just murdered 8 people including and unborn child. Her words have been taken out of context and given a racist tone which was not her intent at all. The young boy who was complimented was happy to have a good report.
                  I am so afraid this country is losing ground to an understanding of all races. So many posts on this website have such negative feeling about white people. I makes me feel hopeless for the future.

                  • Leann Morris

                    Nobody had to read the whole thing to realize how patronizing and arrogant she was being please was she soooooo eloquent in her worry and so-called compassion when this was Sandy Hook or Columbine or Aurora?!! How “senseless” and “horrified” was she about that?!! Or is she only allowed to show her fake sympathy when she can also subliminally say what a bunch of scumbags they are.

              • Carl The Cuck

                Your jungle problems that you all bring to any city you infest are NOT our problems and we have zero responsibility to fix them for you.

                • Yaaaaaas Carl.. you’re right so stfu talking about it… Thanks

              • Jael Kenite

                She was drowning her tears in a Starbucks and so shaken she had to calm her nerves with a big slice of cheesecake. I know when my good friend lost his dad in Syria and his nephew was tortured he wasn’t wallowing in cheescake.
                It never was her issue. It was miles away, literally from her gated community and figuratively from her upper-class whiteness. But her post made it all about her. She’s never faced what those people face. Losing a whole family to violence is unimaginable. It’s not cured with a night at the Cheescake Factory. Making it her problem was an insult to the people who face this head on.

                • Gloria Bettschart

                  You obviously did not read her post. She lives close enough for it to affect her in a personal way. I am done with the awful racist commentary on this page.

                  • HeyYouKidsGetOffMyLawn

                    Let me get you a fucking Kleenex for those tears.

                    Not.

                  • Jael Kenite

                    LOL! She doesn’t live anywhere near Wilkinsburg. The TV station is near that area. She drives that Mercedes through with the windows rolled up. She doesn’t want black people smell to get in her car. This isn’t her first racist comment.

            • Jenna El-Wagaa

              I think what the problem is, that you are not addressing, is that first of all, Wendy Bell stereotyped the shooters: As if there can be no ambiguity about what the shooters in a black community would be like (because all black killers are the same – and they all murder for the same reasons); she literally says in her comment: “I can tell you…” Because Wendy Bell knows all about black killers, their hardships, and their motives; she even knows they must all have multiple siblings belonging to multiple daddies; they also must have grown up “in the system.” The point being: WHAT THE EFF DOES WENDY BELL KNOW ABOUT THE BLACK COMMUNITY!?!?

              Secondly, and in my opinion, even more offensive, she goes on to pat a young black man on the back for being a waiter. She could have, instead, talked about the statistics of the increased number of young black professionals moving back to, and having grown up, in the city of Pittsburgh. The increasing number of young black women and men who are the first to graduate college in her family. She could acknowledge the NEED for more resources in communities like Wilkinsburg which cater to the improvement of the education (and the improvement of self-image) of the black youth!!

              The problem with attitudes like that of Wendy Bell is that it continues to reinforce this notion that problems within the black community are caused by the black community; that the white community, although mournful of the situation in the black community, is not responsible for these problems – that the greatest contribution we’re responsible for is to give black people a pat on the back when they do something nice. WE ARE ALL INEXTRICABLY LINKED. And there is SO much more we can ALL do for the black community than simply offering words of encouragement – that helps, but that does not, in any profound way, address the needs, hardships, and injustices the black community has.

              • MC Planck

                Like when Cliven Bundy said, “I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro.” There should be some kind of device that monitors for that phrase and sounds an alarm.

              • MelwithTruth

                Yes I agree she would have had more integrity if she had mentioned the positive statistics and facts which are happening to the African American communities and especially in Pittsburgh. Most waiters of all ethnicities work very hard with their low paying jobs and may I say in the United States (I am from New Zealand) I have seen the hard work all ethnicities do there. Calling out this young man for working hard, is akin to saying most black young males who work as waiters do not work hard…which I find extremely problematic. She means well possibly, but she is looking from a perspective of whiteness and not as a humanist or looking at the wider picture.

              • The Crusader

                But out of wedlock children with multiple fathers who are absent IS a VERY big problem for black children’s ability to succeed in life and is IS NOT caused by the white community in any way, shape , manner or form but is instead a wrong moral sexual choice by the mother of those children and the fathers of those children, and is something that can be prevented by the people involved and the choices they make regarding chastity outside of marriage.

                • Sigma_Since 93

                  You’ve stated the problem incorrectly. Children (any race) born out of wedlock with multiple fathers without access to adequate resources is the issue. America can’t have it both ways; if a man / woman can afford it you can’t shame them since it doesn’t cost the taxpayers. The converse is stop making it solely a Black issue since that is false.

                  • The Crusader

                    I agree with you that fatherlessness children with multiple equally-fatherless half-siblings and all being raised by a single mother that is too overworked to be able to look after her children as much as they need would be a problem for children of any race. But this discussion had to do with Wilkingsburg and with a particular group of black victims.

                    • Sigma_Since 93

                      There are two items in your response that trouble me; the assumption that the father is not active and the mother’s workload. There are married people who are working multiple jobs to make ends meet; too many people want to make this a Black narrative (Wendy included) vs a socioeconomic issue.

                  • The Crusader

                    I agree 100% with you: black or white, having multiple out of wedlock children with multiple absent fathers is wrong for EVERYONE regardless of race, and it has nothing to do with “being able to afford them”. It is simply morally wrong and it hurts those children’s futures and church pastors should strongly condemn the practice.

                    • Sigma_Since 93

                      Oh but it does. We put our own morality on people. Like I said before, we can’t have it both ways; do we want to bash folks from the morality angle or bash if they can’t afford them.

                      We don’t know how folks got to where they are. Do we feel differently if the woman was married, had multiple kids, and the man dies / walks out?

                      Do we feel differently if the woman chooses to control her reproductive ability and not use what some would call an archaic system (marriage) as the means to have children?

                      Wendy didn’t bother do find out that information before she wrote her manifesto. People in general don’t do that research; it’s easier just to say “yup those people” than to do the work needed not to put your foot in your mouth.

              • Marilyn

                Bam!! Beautiful!

            • monojo

              “I am white but it really doesn’t have to matter to me”
              Of course being white doesn’t have to matter to you. I am white, too, and I can tell you that as a white person, I never have to think about my race if I don’t want to. Society has decided that my race doesn’t define me as an individual. Black people do not have this luxury that we take for granted. Having compassion for the victims of violence, and wanting that violence to end is baseline human empathy. It does not mean that you understand the Black experience, and it doesn’t mean that you get to be a spokesperson for a community you are not a part of.

              • Beauty In Truth

                Where are these types of people and thoughts in real life. SMH.

            • Fed up with racism

              6. This entire situation is a load of crap, and your “opinion” of what she said is just making it worse. Your words are by far more damaging than what hers ever were. According to your article, all White people are privileged, then you tell the people who live on the street that. I especially liked how you remove peoples comments who don’t agree with your racist agenda, thought this was an open discussion? That would mean you are censoring people out, so your narrow minded way of equality is kept in your favor…BRAVO for absolute segregation!
              You should lose your job as well.

          • Fed up with racism

            5. This entire situation is a load of crap, and your “opinion” of what she said is just making it worse. Your words are by far more damaging than what hers ever were. According to your article, all White people are privileged, then you tell the people who live on the street that. I especially liked how you remove peoples comments who don’t agree with your racist agenda, thought this was an open discussion? That would mean you are censoring people out, so your narrow minded way of equality is kept in your favor…BRAVO for absolute segregation!
            You should lose your job as well.

          • Leann Morris

            stupid

        • Fed up with racism

          4. This entire situation is a load of crap, and your “opinion” of what she said is just making it worse. Your words are by far more damaging than what hers ever were. According to your article, all White people are privileged, then you tell the people who live on the street that. I especially liked how you remove peoples comments who don’t agree with your racist agenda, thought this was an open discussion? That would mean you are censoring people out, so your narrow minded way of equality is kept in your favor…BRAVO for absolute segregation!
          You should lose your job as well.

          • Audrey

            This comment has absolutely made my day. Honestly, this is an insane amount hypocrisy and racism, and I’m very glad you agree with me.

          • TomIron361

            absolute segregation!
            ____________________
            Don’t you think African Americans were doing better during the Jim Crow era?

            • Alessio Pinna

              They certainly had to suffer a lot less crime.

            • Thomas Knapp

              African Americans were doing “better” during the Jim Crow era than they were during the slave trade.

              Does that mean they should have just stopped there because hey, they were doing better than before?

              Better =/= Good enough. Just because racial equality has come as far as it has doesn’t mean it still doesn’t have a ways yet to go.

              • TomIron361

                Does that mean they should have just stopped there because hey, they were doing better than before?
                ___________________________________________________________________
                Well, if they were doing better then they are now after 60+ years, doesn’t that mean the Jim Crow era was better for them?

              • Angie!

                HA HA HA HA HA HA … LMFAO… ??????? good enough? They weren’t murdering each other quite as much as they are today, and they actually owned BUSINESSES. Even with the kkk or other whites killing them, they still weren’t nearly murdered as much back then as they are now. It would be good to take a look at your policies because it makes NO SENSE that they were doing better under jim Crow, back when there was more racism. ( actually I’d call it reality) you are both walking jokes, and satires of yourselves, and you will reap what you are sowing. Idiots like you shall learn the hard way, and I really don’t care much.

          • Helpyouout

            I will bet that he will remove my comment. There is no such thing as white privelige; the idea comes from the jealousy of snot-nosed, thumb sucking babies who have been blue pilled by politics and can not figure out why they can’t get ahead.

            • Sigma_Since 93

              White privilege is American History being a requirement and African American, Latino, Asian, and Native American Histrory are electives; led to Ms Bell’s demise. The unwillingness of mainstream America and it’s infrastructe to meld the history of others into the narrative of America (since we’re constantly being told that we all matter) has had the indirect consequence of making Whites believe that Black history is slavery, Dr. King, and the Civil Rights movement.

              If primary and secondary educations treat the history of African American, Latino, Asian, and Native American Histrory as second tier, White America will constantly put it’s foot in it’s mouth which we’ve seen time and time again. Instead of taking the time to learn, too many double down with making statements like yours and then someone else steps on the same landmine.

              • Angie!

                Yet, what you say is not in reflection of reality and documented, unrefuted fact. You are the product of your IQ score, and small frontal lobes due to evolution in lax environment. You are degenerate scum, and by diversifying white monolithic ruling classes, you KNOW that your tiny monkey brains can not handle running a first world country, and you never could. I hope you go home and cry.

                • Sigma_Since 93

                  It took you 19 days to come up with that??? LOL 19 days to say absolutely nothing. You were better off saying nothing than exposing yourself as lacking mental depth.

                  • Angie!

                    Lmfao. Yes it took me 19 days, because I actually have a life, And I’m not surprised that you do not.

            • Leann Morris

              Or the denial of whiny a-holes who ALSO complain when they can’t get ahead and have no problem whatsoever blaming it on black people stupid hypocrite!!!

              • Angie!

                I assure you I am well ahead, lmfao, n….. scum. Coming from a race that literally wants to shut down free speech because of hurt feelings, I’d say your accusations of whining are well seen as moot and reaching far. I am so, so glad that I do not, and will not, ever stoop down to your level. You are degenerates of this earth. ???

          • Grandson of immigrants

            Couldn’t agree more! My comment was not posted. Should be called verysneakybrothas.com!!!! Not a reputable blog if you can’t post and comment differing points of view.

        • Audrey

          On one hand, I agree with you on your “teachable moments” point. It is true that humans tend to take the easy way out on things, but sometimes, the better way is the harder way. However, I disagree that Wendy Bell should have to “research why what she did and said was wrong then broadcast it as a week long series” to phrase it as you did. I think that is a little extreme, especially since I don’t believe what she did was so wrong. Yes, I know it was a lot of speculation and could also be seen as racist, but I don’t see it as so. What she said was harsh, yes, but a there is also a lot of truth to it. Her supposedly racist claims are a very plausible theory about the truth. Wendy Bell has worked at WTAE for 18 years and has reported on all sorts of crimes, many similar to this one. She has seen the culprits caught and brought to justice, and she has noticed a trend. She spoke from her heart, and I believe she was brave for risking what she did. The truth isn’t always pretty, and people often get silenced for voicing it, yet Wendy did anyway, and I admire her for that.

          • Thomas Knapp

            The problem is, she DIDN’T voice “the truth.” She voiced a (racist) assumption, even IF there might be some statistical validity to it. Even if 100% of the murders in her town up to that point had been committed by black people, it wouldn’t have made her statement “the truth.”

            • Audrey

              “You needn’t be a criminal profiler to draw a mental sketch of the killers who broke so many hearts two weeks ago Wednesday,” Bell said in her Facebook post. She never said she was voicing the “truth.” She was SPECULATING about the profile of the killers which is what the criminal profilers are doing.

              • Thomas Knapp

                I was responding to this statement specifically in the comment above mine.

                “The truth isn’t always pretty, and people often get silenced for voicing it, yet Wendy did anyway, and I admire her for that.”

                • Audrey

                  Now we don’t know the truth about the identity of the killers, I’ll admit, but we do have a good idea of their profile which was what Wendy Bell was speculating about. The truth is that there are very strong problems with black America, and there isn’t anybody who is doing anything useful to fix them. To fix problems, first we have to admit what they are, and anyone who proclaims the truth gets silenced. Now I know people will take my comment as racist, but it isn’t. There is a difference between racism and political correctness. The truth is often not politically correct or nice for that matter.

      • Madame Zenobia

        Sheesh, I just made the mistake of going back to Damon’s original post on Wendy Bell and the most recent comments are all about how wrong he and our VSB community are. Talk about doubling down. Wowzers.

        • Vanity in Peril

          Yay, I love arguing w dummies!

        • n24rc

          Nobody said “wrong.” Let’s make that clear.

        • LMNOP

          I hope and suspect that all the extra views and comments on the original article lead to some increased revenue for VSB.

          Trolls, thanks for supporting Champ and VSB!

      • Underpriviledged Man

        You should lose your job just like that cracker did. Your words are far more damaging to all races than hers were.

        • Hildy Krish

          “just like the cracker did “? Now look who is stooping to a lower level.

          • lilylawyer

            And if you think that comment came from a regular reader of VSB, or even a Black person, then I would venture to guess that you are wrong. That comment was meant to enrage people who are willing to believe it is actually reflective of discourse within the VSB community, and it is not.

          • Why does this happen

            Those “people” are allowed to say what they want .. They are protected.. We the white people are not allowed to speak because all they have to do is play race card … We owe “you people ” nothing !!!! Got it filbert ? Leroy ? Shanikwah ? Or whatever ur jungle name is !!!

            • Hildy Krish

              Really? Whatever happened to having a civil argument/conversation lately. Why the name calling

            • HeyYouKidsGetOffMyLawn

              Please get on your mobility scooter and roll on back to your Fayette County lean-to. Nobody is interested in the rantings of some uneducated racist. NO ONE.

              • Why does this happen

                Everyone is racist to “you people” … You should just go have another baby that you can’t pay for … or go sell some drugs .. Or go shoot up a town somewhere… And don’t worry because we the white people will pay for u and ur kids thanks to our wonderful president boo …

                • HeyYouKidsGetOffMyLawn

                  You’re not even worth talking to. You’re sad, ugly and bitter and nothing will ever change you. That’s why you haven’t had a job for twenty years, and probably never will again.

                  • Why does this happen

                    Wow ur really upset .. Again the truth hurts don’t it ? Actually dark vator I will let you in on some info .. I’m from westmoreland county .. I do work .. I drive coast to coast in a tractor trailer once a week .. I own a 79 unit apartment complex that pays me market rate rent every month .. I own a machine shop that I employ 20 people at … I guess I just had to let you know .. And the truth is again ….. Now this is going to hurt big guy …. But the truth is more then likely I could buy and sell you and your whole family …. Now go make some kool aid and call one of your cousins to run you down to the kfc for some lunch and hush because your broke and really shouldn’t be messaging… And remember ” Wendy rules ” !!!!!!!

                    • HeyYouKidsGetOffMyLawn

                      You make an awful lot of assumptions about me, of which 0 percent are true. But thanks for displaying your ignorance. Now I’m sure there’s a KKK rally in Hempfield or Export or something that you can run along to. If your parole officer allows you to, that is.

                    • Why does this happen

                      You said 3 hours ago that I’m not worth talking too ?? But you keep replying?? Why ? You know the truth hurts spook … didn’t I already tell you I drive truck cross country? Guess what boo you have to have a clean criminal background to do that so sorry you wouldn’t qualify…. So pull up ur pants and just stick to ur drug business and not paying for kids that u make .. That’s the profile that fits you people …. If you don’t believe me look online…. You animals cause trouble everywhere you go !!!! Ok reply back but I’m done .. You know I’m rite !!! Just like good hard working white people say …. White is rite …!!!! Later Reggie

                    • HeyYouKidsGetOffMyLawn

                      You can’t even spell “rite” correctly. You are the joke AND the punch line. Keep driving that truck, though, Buford.

                    • Leann Morris

                      hahahahahahaha!

            • Leann Morris

              well boo damn hoo must REEEEEEEALLY suck to be a white person because Lord knows you have NO opportunity to express your little opinions even the 90 percent white media huh stupid!

        • PDL – Cape Girl

          Oh my!

        • Why does this happen

          Cracker ?? You need to go back to the projects boy !

        • CheGueverraWitBlingOn

          Don’t feed the trolls.

      • Silence Dogood

        I’m not sure anyone is particularly clear on “the things she believes.” That’s part of the problem. Perhaps she believed that her Facebook post was going to build a bridge? Perhaps she was asking her audience to celebrate one segment of the black community and eschew another, to remind her viewers of the good in the din of the reported bad? Obviously her post relied on a problematic shorthand, one that you ascribe to her privilege.

        This whole episode has just further entrenched everyone in their narrow opinions. The dyed in the wool racist will believe that they are victimized by political correctness run amok. The white moderate — those that can see only Wendy Bell’s good intentions — will just cowardly slink into the shadows, yet more cautious to address any topic regarding race, fearful of hair triggers. The woke will just hear their own voices in the chorus of the echo chamber. It all just ultimately stifles our discourse.

        Wendy Bell’s downfall was her use of idiotic stereotypical tropes. And yet this audience seems to believe that the free use of the stereotype of white privilege is just dandy. It’s fine to refer to privilege in aggregate, but pretty dangerous to do so in relation to an individual. It’s really the same thing for which we’re criticizing Wendy Bell.

      • Fed up with racism

        3. This entire situation is a load of crap, and your “opinion” of what she said is just making it worse. Your words are by far more damaging than what hers ever were. According to your article, all White people are privileged, then you tell the people who live on the street that. I especially liked how you remove peoples comments who don’t agree with your racist agenda, thought this was an open discussion? That would mean you are censoring people out, so your narrow minded way of equality is kept in your favor…BRAVO for absolute segregation!
        You should lose your job as well.

      • Helpyouout

        What is it that she believes?

    • inYOface

      If her firing is even .01% from your previous post – I pray (not just hope) those same minds read THIS comment. She (meaning all of them) learn nothing if she’s leaving with “I didn’t even do nothing”

    • Aly

      “The appropriate thing to do would have been to make her research why what she did and said was wrong then broadcast it as a week long series. Suspend her from the anchor desk until she did it.”

      This is a brilliant idea. Too bad the station didn’t do it.

      • Question

        But that’s just – the powers that be at the station probably don’t think she did anything all that terribly wrong either; they’re just trying to save face to their customers.

        How do we get BlackTwitter to demand this next time some public figure makes dumb remarks…?

        • Hildy Krish

          As they say…the customers are “always right” even at times when they are not.

      • The Crusader

        And whatwould happen if after she researched the issues as requested and the culprits were finally caught by the police and it DID turn out ( as is statistically highly likely) that they WERE young black fatherless males with siblings from multiple fathers, raised by a single mother with multiple jobs, just like Ms Bell guessed?

        • Sigma_Since 93

          You are missing the point; the concern that most folks have is not what she said but how she said it. The manifesto contained several reaching statements and contained many racial undertones. THAT’S what got her fired.

          • The Crusader

            I read what was available and reported about what she said and it did not sound particularly disrespecful to me. I am not sure that there would be ANY diplomatic or tactful way to state the facts she mentioned about the likely shooters because when it comes to a member of one race stating any truthful but unflattering facts or statistics about members of a different race there is no way that some will not be offended. But in the interest of truth and exchanging and correcting ideas, one cannot let the possibility of offending some people stop you from having a discussion on any sensitive subject. More discussion is better than less discussion.

            • Sigma_Since 93

              My comments on what drew the ire of many are sprinkled through this thread. Take a look and come back and let me know if you think the same thing after taking a read.

              • The Crusader

                I’ll give a try. There is a very large number of comments here to see them all. Farewell.

    • Sigma_Since 93

      We see this with politicians all the time; they step in the racial insensitive land mine all the time. What baffles me is they just watched a colleague make the same mistake and then say they didn’t know!

    • Betty’s Babygirl

      “Firing her is too easy. It fixes nothing and nobody.”

      I CO-SIGN ON ALL OF THE ABOVE & IN ADDITION: Remediation. Reprogramming. Enlightenment.
      AND PUBLIC acknowledgement of how your white privilege allowed you to write such an egregious, offensive fb post.

      • Beauty In Truth

        Again I think too much focus is on her. Our ancestors did not die in vain. Inspire of what she said we have to focus on caring for each other. Going out of our way to beg respect by these sick people who clearly care nothing about respecting us is a waste of time.

        People wanted her fired and now that’s not enough. Y’all focus on whytes waay tooo much. These types dontt care to change, don’t y’all see that. Research and talking to them about fullness of our culture or the obvious troubles within it is pointless. We own our story, not whites (hateful ones or otherwise).

        • Betty’s Babygirl

          I agree completely. It’s pretty much what I said further down this string of comments. I’ve never really put much stock in what wypipo think of Resilients. My parents didn’t so I learned not to. Like you my energy is concentrated on how we think/feel/interact with each other.

    • MegPinn

      You’re so right, I’m already seeing the Victim posts on Facebook.

    • #applause

    • Mochasister

      Now she’ll just become a convenient sound bite for Trump.

      • Cheech

        Yep.

    • pattha990

      It is not a freedom of speech issue though. For all that people will try to make it about that. The first amendment only protects us from government limiting free speech. The media, our employers, FB, this website, et al. as private entities have the right to censor speech.

    • Hildy Krish

      Losing your job is difficult as it is but also as a public figure who is out there she should have known better posting on Facebook anyways cause in the end those posts will bite ya in the end

    • Chris Allen

      I wish they’d done this instead—that’s brilliant! :D

    • Erica Nicole Griffin

      Exactly. You can’t fix macro problems with micro solutions. At best it removes a solitary voice in a chorus of institutional racism. At worst it victimizes a solitary voice and distracts from the chorus.

    • Fed up with racism

      2. This entire situation is a load of crap, and your “opinion” of what she said is just making it worse. Your words are by far more damaging than what hers ever were. According to your article, all White people are privileged, then you tell the people who live on the street that. I especially liked how you remove peoples comments who don’t agree with your racist agenda, thought this was an open discussion? That would mean you are censoring people out, so your narrow minded way of equality is kept in your favor…BRAVO for absolute segregation!
      You should lose your job as well.

    • George Kokalis

      I’m from the Burgh…and there is probably more to this than is readily apparent. She was a 22 time Emmy Award winner. Those accolades put her in the upper echelon of high-priced contracts. I think WTAE is actually happy something like this happened because now they are no longer beholden to her contract, and consequently, no longer have to pay her oodles of cash. They are happy to receive a small amount of backlash from the public because they don’t have to reveal the real reason they are glad she is gone. WTAE is consistently #2 or #3 in ratings in this town…Her contract never put them over the top… and neither did all her success.

  • Skegeeaces

    My satisfaction is an incomplete one (if that makes sense). At least we know that THIS one, at one time high and mighty, now has LEARNED TO-DAY. May she tell somebody else in her circle the news.

    • Jack Privilege

      She learned what? That she still doesn’t care what you think? She’ll retire early because she worked hard her entire life and can afford to. You on the other hand..

      • Skegeeaces

        Hahaha, look at the Wendy Stan! First of all, I may not be rich like her, but I could probably buy your whole family. So there’s that. Secondly, if she wanted to retire, she would have already. I’m sure she didn’t do this job for the money alone, but for the power, attention, and influence. Condescending, racist white women love that stuff- and now she’s lost it for being stupid and racist. THAT is what she learned. Have a nice day.

        • Jack Privilege

          Sorry but we don’t accept food stamps.

          • Wild Cougar

            You do realize that people who look like Wendy are the ones who use food stamps the most. if you want some, go ask your mama.

            • Oluseyi

              No way he realizes. People who come for black folk tend to deal in tropes, hyperbole and un-conditioned statistics, not cold, hard facts.

            • PDL – Cape Girl

              LOL…whew buddy

          • MsShaynaT

          • Skegeeaces

            Awww, here’s $5 for your GoFundMe. God bless you, my child.

    • fxd8424

      She’ll gather her girlfriends over drinks, they’ll comfort her with “it’s not you Wendy, it’s the blacks, who don’t share our values, traditions, vision.” She’s likely been offered two or three jobs as we write, so she’ll be fine.

      • Lors

        Yes we are! Cheers!

  • Mary Burrell

    And white people like her will always say “I am not a racist.” i have been on comment boards with white posters saying that the society has become too “politically correct” code speak for we want to use racial pejoratives. They truly believe their world view is the most important and true one. I wonder will she take time to do any self reflection?

    • Kas

      No she will not. If she was the type to do self reflection, she wouldn’t have posted it in the first place.

    • Madame Zenobia

      There are a lot of people out there who don’t understand that being a nice person and racially tone deaf aren’t mutually exclusive.

      YES, Penelope. You can be a nice person and wrong af in how you speak to, think about and treat people of color.

    • Mochasister

      They want to be as offensive as possible without suffering the consequences. You know kind of like back in the “good ole days” when darkies and the others knew their place and couldn’t question whites.

    • Betty’s Babygirl

      No she won’t. Don’t you see she’s done nothing wrong except tell the truth as she sees it? She feels she’s the “sacrificial lamb” to appease the PC patrol. She’s the VICTIM of victimless crime. There’s no room for self-reflection when that space is occupied by pity. When you’re unable/unwilling to tell the truth to yourself, you will lie to everyone else.

      • Jael Kenite

        She already had the chance to correct her post and she made it even more condescending and “I didn’t do anything wrong, it’s all how you perceived it”. She is firm in believing that people of color are just not like white people. They are inherently defective and need cleaned up by white people.

  • ChokeOnThisTea

    So, VSB’s article got Wendy fired. Got it.

    • Vanity in Peril

      Wendy’s dumba33 thoughts and her need to expresd them got her fired.

      • ChokeOnThisTea

        You know I know that. I’m just messing.

        • Vanity in Peril

          Hey, I just wanted to put this here. We argued last week. We have different opinions on some thangs but I still think you are dope AF and I have love for all the VSB community. I’ve been reading this blog since 2009, commenting since 2010. All love!

          Ashe selah

          • ChokeOnThisTea

            I don’t even remember, so no love lost. Lol ??

      • Mochasister

        No, no Damon and all of the other mean darkies bullied this poor white woman with their outrage. Instead of Damon and the rest of us darkies being more concerned with Black-on-Black crime we harassed the fair maiden. Her employers had no choice but to surrender to those angry Nigras and fire her so that Blacks would be appeased.

    • Mochasister

      Yeah, her racially offensive and belittling comments, attitude, backtracking, and fake apology had absolutely nothing to do with it. I tell you wypipo always come out smelling like roses. Somehow it’s always the fault if the nigras.

  • Jack Privilege

    Look at all the racists being racist. You’re just upset she spoke the truth. It hurt your little racist feelings. Nobody cares what color your skin is in the real world, nobody is going to hold your hand and tell you it’s all going to be okay just because life isn’t fair. Nobody cares what you think. Nobody that matters anyway.

    Unless you contribute positively to this world in someway, you don’t matter, you won’t ever matter. The characterization of the criminals who murdered those people was spot on. You know it. I know it. Everyone knows it. You’re just looking to attack a woman who is more successful than you because of her “privilege”, when the real world knows it’s because she’s white and because you’re racist.

    Wendy Bell got to where she is today because of her own personal efforts. You’re where you are today because of yours. Don’t like your situation? Try harder. Stop asking for a handout. Stop hiding behind your race. That’s the “privilege” you’re exploiting.

  • Leigh

    She profiled. That is what the FBI and psychologists do when they’re looking for somebody. I’m not saying that she is qualified to profile. I’m going to play Devil’s Advocate. What if the killers were found and her scenario was right are you going to apologize. Your post is filled with hate and racial comments. And your post you said what white privilege is alluded to and then you use it in your headline. You chose the words White Privilege carefully knowing what kind of connotation they carry. I know you know this because of your post. You sir are fueling the racist fire.

    • badphairy

      Oh look, the “you are a racist because you called a white person a racist” card. Amazing how there seem to be infinite numbers of those cards.

      As a card holder, you are welcome to TAKE A SEAT.

      • Wild Cougar

        Racism isn’t wrong. Accountability for racism is the real crime.

    • Reemo
      • brothaskeeper

        (I have a crush on her and the Popeye’s lady.)

        • Chicken Annie? Bruh, judging you hard for that one!

          • brothaskeeper

            But chicken, tho!

      • PDL – Cape Girl

        I’m going trough the thread and cackling at all the gifs.

    • Mochasister

      Wendy, is that you? Girl, I was rooting for you! We were all rooting for you!

      • LMNOP

        Wendy, don’t worry!

        I was at Wendy’s last week, and the white girl at the register was amazing! She smiled as she took our order, masterfully entered it into the cash register, and when the food was ready she cheerfully brought it out to us, swaying her thick thighs and balancing both trays with the skill and grace of a weight lifting stripper.

        There is hope, Wendy!

        • Mochasister

          Lol at weight lifting stripper!

  • Just read the original post. Where all those (white) trolls come from in the comments? If you’re not here with us talking about flats vs. drums, where single black women and single black men can connect, and Cardi B., don’t come over here for the e-race wars!

    • *mic drop*

    • brothaskeeper
      • Carl The Cuck

        Stop culturally appropriating our GIF’s, Dindu…

        • brothaskeeper

          Once I dismount your wife, I will.

    • Kas

      Not a peep when we were trying to get to the bottom of the Ain’t Ish’s. That was were we needed the help and some kindly wypipo guidance.

      • ChokeOnThisTea

        Well they’re supplying some “Ain’t ish”-isms tonight. Lol! I’d say we covered about 99% of their favorite white tear-isms the other day.

    • Momofuku O’Murphy

      this is why your name is literally queen

    • Me

      I can’t even make it through this comment section. I wish I had a white tears blocker app so I could just get to the meat of the conversation.

      • Someone needs to get on developing that, stat!

      • zaster

        Try the little minus button (-) when you see a thread get all “Not all white people!” It collapses a bunch of comments so you can look at what’s after.

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