Sometimes the worst thing about racism is that it tries to hide. How it tries to present itself as something else entirely. Fascism does a similar thing. Because they won’t always come marching directly at you, hoods up and jackboots pounding the dirt. They know a lot of people won’t stand for that, and they’re too afraid they will strike back. Nah, instead they’ll try to look presentable, often dressing smarter and using coded language and dog whistles to appeal to those who understand their hidden motives, and to try sneak their hateful agenda into the mainstream.
Which is why it’s so damn refreshing when they just come out and say it!
Even if it is by accident.
Lynsey Plasco-Flaxman is a posh British-born white woman from North London. She is married to New York Finance Dude, Joel Plasco. They live in New York with their two kids. Tribeca, specifically.
In 2016, Ms. Plasco-Flaxman was searching for a new nanny to help with childcare duties. Anyway, after all the legwork was done and the final candidate decided upon, Ms. Plasco-Flaxman awaited her at her no doubt lovely apartment on the agreed upon starting day. The winning candidate was one Giselle Maurice. Ms. Maurice is an experienced and professional nanny, who was hoping to start on a six-month living-in arrangement at the Plasco-Flaxman residence, where she would be paid $350 a day. She is also African-American.
That just don’t sit well with some folk.
After meeting Ms. Maurice, Ms. Plasco-Flaxman composed a dismayed text message to her husband, updating him on the search for a new nanny. Unfortunately, instead of sending it to her husband, she sent it to the prospective nanny instead.
Joel Giselle Maurice
NOOOOOOOOOOO ANOTHER BLACK PERSON.
Accidental sincerity. Ain’t that a helluva thing.
So what else to do when you’ve just been racist to someone you’ve entered into a business agreement with—you better fire that person real quick!
Which is exactly what Ms. Plasco-Flaxman did, saying she felt ‘uncomfortable.’
According to The Root:
Plasco-Flaxman claims that they had a bad experience with the nanny immediately preceding Maurice, and that nanny just so happened to be black, so this time, they were hoping not to get another black, but to instead get a Filipina.
Ms. Plasco-Flaxman’s husband Joel Plasco, who is co-chairman of the Dalmore Group investment bank, whitesplained the situation:
[My wife] had sent her something that she didn’t mean to say. She’s not a racist. We’re not racist people. But would you put your children in the hands of someone you’ve been rude to, even if it was by mistake? Your newborn baby? Come on.
That’s all it was! They’re not racist people, jeez. They just expressed a racist thought in flippant language and then fired the woman who had the audacity to be black and thus make them think those racist thoughts in the first place! And that’s not even mentioning that other black woman they had as a nanny before and who turned out to be a bad nanny. Everyone knows bad nanniness is an inherited trait among black people.
Ms. Maurice commented on the Plasco-Flaxman’s watered down mayo explanations, saying that of course she wouldn’t have treated the baby any differently just because its parents had been racist to her:
This is my reputation. Why would I do something to a baby? I was willing to work with her and prove her wrong, but it was her conscience, and she couldn’t work with me anymore.
Ms. Maurice tried to settle the situation with the couple through mediation. They refused. She is now suing them for the wages lost for the pre-agreed period of work.
The couple, in turn, have said that as there had been no formal contract drawn up, they owe nothing, and that the suit amounts to ‘extortion.’
Said Mr. Plasco:
I’m not someone who has millions of dollars lying around to just pay off people that are coming after me for extortion.
My wife was two months off having a baby, suffering from a very difficult situation. You’re going to go after someone like that? That’s not a very nice thing to do.
Those devious black nannies. Trying to make sure they’re allowed to do the work they’re good at and have agreed to do. Can’t they just be nice?! I mean, if you can’t fire them just because you’ve been racist to them, what’s next?! Actually having to own up to and face the consequences of your actions?!
White supremacy means living with white privilege and getting hostile when presented with evidence of that privilege. It means living with the structural advantages that racism has granted you, while never acknowledging those advantages. It means being allowed to hold racist beliefs without consequence.
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