As the world continues to be overcome with emotions over the violent death of Tyre Nichols, many were left stunned by recent comments made on Fox News regarding the tragedy. On Friday (Jan. 27), video clips of so-called journalist Jason Whitlock spewing hate for single Black women during an interview with Tucker Carlson began trending on social media.
“Holy s**t. Tucker Carlson’s guest just said the beating death of Tyre Nichols is what happens when you have ‘young Black men being supervised by a single Black woman.’ He said this is what happens in cities ‘run by single Black mothers’ and blamed a lack of ‘male authority,’” a shocked viewer tweeted. The post contained a portion of the interview where Whitlock used his platform to imply Nichols might still be alive if the supervisor of the Memphis Police Department wasn’t “some Black woman” in charge of the police force. “This is hands down one of the most offensive 60-seconds of television I’ve ever seen… I cannot believe what [I] just watched,” the woman added.
This is hands-down one of the most offensive 60-seconds of television I’ve ever seen. https://t.co/PmgIJiAQYK
— Caroline Orr Bueno, Ph.D (@RVAwonk) January 28, 2023
She was not alone in her sentiments. By Saturday (Jan. 28) afternoon, Ciara joined the discussion. “Jason Whitlock, as a Black man, to get on national TV and say something like this is irresponsible. A lot of amazing kids have come from single mothers. For you to also undermine single Black women in the midst of this tragedy is so sad. This woman just lost her son! Do better!” the Grammy-winning artist shared on Twitter. Actress Holly Robinson Peete agreed: “Thank you, Ciara. What a self-loathing, cold, reckless, stereotypical, insensitive clout chasing untruth to spew in front of millions. Tyre called out for his mama and this was his takeaway? Neither Tyre’s mother or [Memphis Police Chief Cerelyn “C.J.” Davis] are single Black moms so WHY say that? Pathetic troll.”
One person wondered why Whitlock’s aggressions only targeted women of color: “White boys go into churches, supermarkets, schools, malls and nightclubs, and violently murder innocent people. Jason Whitlock never blamed white women for this.” Another tweet shared a famous quote along with a personal take: “The most disrespected person in America is the Black woman. The most unprotected person in America is the Black woman. The most neglected person in America is the Black woman -Malcolm X. Oh, and f**k you, Jason Whitlock.” While many expressed their opinions, one user summed things up by saying, “Dear Jason Whitlock, just shut the f**k up! You will never wake up white, and they only talk to you because YOU literally say the BS they want to say but can’t!”
.@WhitlockJason As a black man to get on national tv and say something like this is irresponsible. A lot of amazing kids have come from single mothers. For you to also undermine single black women in the midst of this tragedy is so sad. This woman just lost her son! Do better!
— Ciara (@ciara) January 28, 2023
As previously reported by REVOLT, on the night of Jan. 7, 29-year-old Nichols, a Black man, was pulled over for a traffic stop by five Black male Memphis police officers. With the young man abiding by their commands, the group of cops immediately began yelling and intimidating Nichols. They pulled him from his vehicle and beat him mercilessly. The young father died in a hospital days later due to his injuries. After the police-worn body camera footage was made public, protests and demands for justice ignited across the country. The five officers have since been fired and charged, and their police unit was disbanded.
See more responses to Whitlock’s statements below.
Hey @WhitlockJason, I was raised by a single Black mother, I’m now the first Black man to hold this congressional seat in US history. I also have a doctorate in education leadership and was principal of one of the top middle schools in the Bronx.
What have you done? pic.twitter.com/auXd1FSC8D
— Jamaal Bowman Ed.D (@JamaalBowmanNY) January 29, 2023
As always Jason Whitlock makes his appearance on @FoxNews pic.twitter.com/DGzlX8vbXn
— TRY⚫JESUS😎 (@lilwaltjr305) January 28, 2023
I can’t seem to find the Fox News interview where #JasonWhitlock blamed the fact that a white supremacist murdered 10 Black people in a Buffalo supermarket, or that a white supremacist murdered 9 Black people in a Charleston church, on white women. #TyreNichols
— Bishop Talbert Swan (@TalbertSwan) January 29, 2023
The most disrespected person in America is the Black woman. The most unprotected person in America is the Black woman. The most neglected person in America is the Black woman -Malcolm X
oh and fuck you Jason Whitlock.
— I Paid Them All In Dust (@battletested5) January 28, 2023
Dear @WhitlockJason just shut the fuck up! You will never wake up white and they only talk to you because YOU literally say the BS they want to say but can’t! And your “Takes” are pure Trash!
— Black Twitta (@Blktwitta) January 28, 2023
Jason Whitlock and Candace Owens are the types that would have snitched on Harriet Tubman…😒
— Charli Huxley (@ImKnotTheOne) January 28, 2023
We all know @WhitlockJason is a dumb ass. That’s the only reason @TuckerCarlson calls this grossly ill-informed fool. Hell, he ain’t covered any real damn news. He barely covered sports! He can go to hell. https://t.co/pxjBJdwK5Q
— rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) January 28, 2023
Can you imagine how embarrassed Jason Whitlock's family is?? I would change my name to Shitlock just to escape that curse
— Real Late 2 Soon Come (@Rosenbergradio) January 28, 2023
Thank you @ciara What a self loathing, cold, reckless, stereotypical, insensitive clout chasing untruth to spew in front of millions😡Tyre called out for his mama and this was his takeaway? Neither Tyre’s mother or Chief CJ are single black moms so WHY say that? Pathetic troll
— Holly Robinson Peete 💃🏾♍️ (@hollyrpeete) January 29, 2023
Just ignore him he wants the attention that’s why he goes on tv to say stuff like this…ignore ignorant people
— Reggie Bush (@ReggieBush) January 29, 2023
And fuck @WhitlockJason.
Your mother was a single BLACK WOMAN.. who supervised your bitch ass when your father chose gambling over your family.
It’s always been fuck you.
— THIQUE (@ScottieBeam) January 28, 2023
White boys go into churches, supermarkets, schools, malls, and nightclubs, and violently murder innocent people.
Jason Whitlock never blamed white women for this.
— Bishop Talbert Swan (@TalbertSwan) January 29, 2023
Jason Whitlock is one of the most vile, disgusting, putrid, foul, horrid, nasty, offensive, obnoxious, repulsive, nauseating, appalling, wretched, abhorrent, hateful, sickening, repugnant, despicable, lowdown, wicked, and egregious assholes with a microphone. 🖕🏾
— MzFightDiva40 (@MzFightDiva40) January 28, 2023