Sometimes, we just wish our faves would stop talking. Today was one of those days.
Early on Monday morning, Insecure actress and comedienne Amanda Seales (who I have long applauded for her seeming wokeness on race and gender and who we have also covered for her accomplishments) posted a thread of tweets that left many folks wondering exactly what her intentions were.
In the tweets, Seales commented on the spending habits of people who buy “Jordans and Nike Suits” but are “sleeping on an air mattress” among other things. And, on one side of her economic analysis, she put those people in the “losing” column.
Seales tried to clean it up with the last three tweets but the damage was already done. And her raggedy political ideas about people who buy “Jordans and Nike Suits” was already exposed.
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It goes without saying that Seales’ critique of people’s spending habits is an implicitly racial, thinly-veiled attack on the spending habits of poor probably Black people. This is in line with a larger conversation on poor people and placing limits on the types of leisures they enjoy. But, contrary to what her Twitter fingers suggest, there is no evidence that poor people (or even middle-class folks) are wasting their money on leisure items. In fact, rich people outpace everyone else in proportional spending rates on groceries, housing, transportation, and pensions. And, because they have more to spend, they just do.
So, it doesn’t really line up that putting away Jordan and Nike Suit money and investing it in something else is the actual problem facing poor people.
But, I really don’t think Seales was worried about facts. Her repeated focus on “Jordans and Nike Suits” seemed, to me, to point to well-to-do Black folks’ critiques of the deeper psychological commitments they believe poorer Black people have to non-necessary material goods (like shoes, for example). Clearly, Seales sees these material goods as inherently less valuable or important than owning a passport, traveling, knowing one’s credit score, or having a credit card. The notion in and of itself is classist.
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