A nurse in Kansas, Missouri discovered the onerous approach that blackface is NOT okay.
Shelbi Elliott-Heenan—a registered nurse at St. Luke’s Hospital in Lee’s Summit, Missouri—was fired from her job after pictures of her wearing blackface for what she referred to as a Beyoncé costume went viral on social media. The pictures have been initially shared by Elliott-Heenan herself on Fb.
The costume confirmed Elliott-Heenan lined head to toe in brown make-up alongside together with her husband Jasmond Heenan, who seemed to be in additional minstrel-like blackface. Heenan’s husband reportedly has a job with Costco.
Anne Branigin of The Root put it finest:
In whose alabaster-ass, Megyn Kelly-fied, Jesus-is-a-white-man world is that this Beyoncé Has this girl really ever seen Beyoncé? Any model of Beyoncé? As a result of no matter this scorching mess of shoe polish, low-grade acrylic, and black Uggs with a splash of sequins is, it’s most decidedly not a Beyoncé. It’s simply Becky with the blackface.
The entire thing was simply terrible and shouldn’t have been achieved, blackface or not. I imply, actually, it’s onerous to even be offended as a result of, MY GOD, these have been simply AWFUL costumes.
A lady reached out to St. Luke’s hospital Monday (Oct. 29) to allow them to know that one in all their workers was out right here sporting blackface and posting it on social media, and Shelbi Heenan was fired by lunchtime, KCTV experiences.
In an announcement obtained by KCTV, St. Luke’s wrote: “On Monday afternoon, Saint Luke’s Well being System grew to become conscious of a Saint Luke’s East Hospital worker who posted pictures on private social media accounts of her and one other particular person wearing blackface for what seems to be a Halloween occasion. This data was shared with applicable well being system personnel and an investigation was initiated instantly.”
The assertion continued: “Whereas it’s towards Saint Luke’s coverage to touch upon particular personnel issues, we are able to affirm that this particular person is now not a Saint Luke’s worker. Saint Luke’s is deeply dedicated to our tradition of variety and inclusion. It’s basic to who we’re as a corporation and we vigorously shield it on behalf of all our sufferers and workers and anticipate those that symbolize us to do the identical.”
Heenan’s well-deserved firing coincidentally (or not) comes amid experiences of Megyn Kelly shedding her job after making ignorant feedback defending using blackface in Halloween costumes. And simply final week, we reported on a first-grade Idaho trainer being “investigated” for sporting blackface to a Halloween occasion.
What the hell is it going to take for these white folks to understand that sporting blackface isn’t OKAY?
Dr. Makini King with the College of Missouri-Kansas Metropolis’s Range and Inclusion Division says these specific sorts of white folks want to easily be taught the historical past of blackface, as a result of the difficulty is probably not racism, simply pure ignorance. Principally, in the event that they knew higher, they’d (hopefully) do higher.
“We have to do higher at instructing historical past and we additionally should be extra built-in,” King mentioned. We have to encourage relationships with people who find themselves not like us and that’s a really deliberate factor, It needs to be achieved. It doesn’t simply occur as a result of you realize you’re a great particular person … folks need to intentionally type relationships with different folks in order that they’ve higher details about different folks’s cultures what’s applicable and what’s not after which additionally they get to humanize different folks.”
King mentioned merely firing folks isn’t all the time the perfect resolution, however as an alternative utilizing the situations as a possibility to begin a dialogue and get educated.
“We have now to have the ability to make the repairs so as to be progressive in creating justice. It could actually’t simply be punished after which the dialog is over,” she mentioned.