Woke Twitter is a contemporary organization dedicated to raising consciousness regarding the ongoing reality of white supremacy in today’s world. The members of the organization reject cultural narratives which promote the idea that racism is a thing of the past and everyone is now treated with equality and respect. To prove that this narrative is false on its face, the members of the group unveil racism as it manifests in spheres such as social media. Recently, the racist statements of former real estate worker Penny Sparrow began making waves in the social media world. Read on to learn more about Sparrow’s race-based suppositions and how they impacted her life as well as discourse regarding racism in the 21st century:
What Did Penny Sparrow Say?
Many people of all colors are used to hearing racist statements made against people of color. From insinuations about intellectual inferiority to blatant accusations regarding criminality and/or a poor work ethic, the demeaning ideas spread about black and brown individuals are prevalent in today’s world. Nevertheless, Penny Sparrow’s racist statement stands out as uniquely shocking. In commenting on the black South Africans she observed at the beach near her residence, Sparrow equated the people to monkeys and apes. Public rage ensued as many people called Sparrow out as a racist whose damaging comments were not welcome via social media or anywhere else. In light of all the negative publicity that Sparrow received, she lost her position with the real estate company through which she had been employed up until that point.
Brenda Wardle Weighs In
Many public figures responded to Penny Sparrow’s racist statement, including Brenda Wardle. As an avid legal analyst, Sparrow loves studying the law and examining what it says about the constraints and liberties that people have as social citizens. In analyzing the Penny Sparrow situation, Wardle acknowledges the role the constitution plays in granting citizens the right to speak freely. At the same time, however, Wardle noted that there are limitations around what people are free to say. Specifically, people are not free to make statements which deny the humanity of other individuals. And because Sparrow’s equating blacks to monkeys constitutes this very denial, Wardle deems her racist statement an illegal one.
More On Wardle
As an individual who is deeply committed to studying the world of law and analyzing social life in light of its edicts, Wardle is passionate about pursuing her degree in the field and is currently completing her studies. She is also the author of the telling, compelling text To Kill A Fragile Rose: The State’s Case Against Oscar Leonard Carl Pistorius.