On August 3, Sarah McBride, the National Press Secretary for the Human Rights Campaign and the first openly transgender speaker at a national party convention (she spoke at this year's DNC), took to Twitter and excoriated Clint Eastwood for his ignorant statements in an Esquire interview. The actor had said:
Everybody's walking on eggshells. We see people accusing people of being racist and all kinds of stuff. When I grew up, those things weren't called racist."
As was pointed out yesterday, Eastwood was born in 1930, and THINGS WERE A LITTLE DIFFERENT THEN. Those time maybe should not be used as a signpost for what is and is not considered racist nowadays. McBride sent out a series of tweets highlighting a few of those things.
And others chimed in with a few more:
All of those things ARE racist, whether or not they were commonly thought of as such at the time. But leave it to an old white guy to "get off my lawn" the people trying to change the world for the better.