MSNBC “The Cross Connection” host, Tiffany Cross, attempted to explain the Will Smith slap of Chris Rock during the Oscars in front of white people who, she said, didn't comprehend why blacks wanted to keep quiet on the incident.
TheGrio editor Michael Harriot asserted it was “hard to explain to a white person what's the difference between an open-handed slap and a punch,” saying that “they consider it all violent.”
Cross stated that the incident had “nuance to what happened” and compared this to an intruder making a comment about an incident in the home of someone else.
“I will try to put this in context for our white fellow countrymen as best I can,” Cross explained. “And really, truly, black America, there's a commonality amongst us all. And if we went to a white person's home, and it was their family dinner, and we were sitting at the table, and the mother hauled off and slapped the father. And everybody at the table has an opinion. You know, the sister is like, ‘Mom, you always do this.' And the brother is like, ‘I can't believe you're doing this.' And Dad is like, ‘You're terrible.' If I weigh in as the guest in this home and I say, ‘Yeah, you guys are terrible.' Everybody's like, ‘I'm sorry. When did you get an opinion? This is our family table.'”
She continued, “That's what this moment felt like for many of us. And there's a nuance to what happened that we should get into.”