"I am a strong black woman, and I cannot be intimidated. I cannot be undermined."
-Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.)
These words, in response to Bill O'Reilly's knee jerk reaction to insult the appearance of a woman he disagrees with, will go down in history as a mantra for the millions of #BlackWomenAtWork who deal with Bill O'Reilly-esque individuals on a daily basis.
On Tuesday morning the Fox News commentator mocked the senior black congresswoman comparing her hair to a “James Brown wig.” By Tuesday afternoon, O'Reilly sent a statement of apology to Blavity saying, "As I have said many times, I respect Congresswoman Maxine Waters for being sincere in her beliefs," the statement read. "I said that again today on 'Fox & Friends' calling her 'old school.' Unfortunately, I also made a jest about her hair which was dumb. I apologize."
We know the drill. Bill O'Reilly has architected an entire career spouting racist and misogynistic vitriol but you're sorry now? Oh, okay.
Hillary Clinton swooped in with the fade.
— Yashar (@yashar) March 28, 2017
And, true to form, Auntie Max emerged totally unbothered saying, "I cannot be thought to be afraid of Bill O'Reilly or anybody. And I'd like to say to women out there everywhere: Don't allow these right-wing talking heads, these dishonorable people, to intimidate you or scare you. Be who you are. Do what you do. And let us get on with discussing the real issues of the country."
Maxine Waters on Bill O'Reilly: "I'm a strong black woman and I cannot be intimidated. I cannot be undermined." ???????? pic.twitter.com/gpMeA3VH8M
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) March 29, 2017
We know the drill, and ain't nobody got time for these trivial diversionary tactics.