When the nation’s attention was turned to the violent protest by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia in which three people died and numerous others wer injured, Pima County’s Queen of the Teabaggers felt compelled to post this: After Charlottesville attack, Ally Miller’s Facebook post: “WHITE – and proud of it”:
Hours after a white nationalist rally and violence that rocked Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday, Pima County Supervisor Ally Miller appears to have posted from her personal Facebook account that she is “sick and tired of being hit for being white.”
Miller was responding to a Politico article shared by former Tucson mayoral candidate Shaun McClusky that detailed President Trump’s response to the violence, in which he said that “we condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence, on many sides — on many sides.” Those comments were criticized for not specifically calling out white supremacists and other groups involved in the Unite the Right rally.
I am not aware of Miller ever having been criticized for “being white.” She has been roundly criticized by local media for corruption and poor personnel management in her office, her penchant for conspiracy theories unsupported by any evidence, her feuding with former Republican supervisor Ray Carroll, and for being a noted nut job. Miller is a regular carnival side show. See this compendium of articles about Ally Miller at the Tucson Weekly.
The Arizona Daily Star briefly mentions Miller in an editorial opinion today:
Closer to home, Pima County Supervisor Ally Miller apparently took umbrage at the discourse and weighed in on her personal Facebook page:
“I’m sick and tired of being hit for being white. … It is all about making us feel like we need to apologize. I am WHITE — and proud of it! No apologies necessary.”
If Miller cannot see criticism of white people who are actively, aggressively and violently racist without taking it as a personal insult, the residents of Pima County should be seriously alarmed.
I would argue that the residents of Pima County should have been seriously alarmed by Ally Miller long before this Facebook post.
The Arizona Republic’s Laurie Roberts also took notice of Miller’s latest antics. Ally Miller chooses this moment to proclaim her white pride?
America unravels before our eyes. White supremacists rally in Charlottesville, resulting in the death of an innocent woman.
And in Pima County, Supervisor Ally Miller announces that she’s the victim here.
“I’m sick and tired of being hit for being white … ” she wrote in a Facebook thread, hours after Saturday’s violence. “It is all about making us feel like we need to apologize. I am WHITE – and proud of it! No apologies necessary.”
Maybe I’m just not keeping up, but did anybody ask Ally Miller to apologize for being white? Did anyone suggest that she should be ashamed?
The two-term Republican supervisor was posting to a Facebook thread about Donald Trump’s now-infamous response to Charlottesville – the one where he condemned “this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence, on many sides. On many sides.”
One poster noted that Trump refused to specifically denounce “white supremacy.” Apparently, that was enough to make Miller feel victimized.
What Miller should apologize for
Why else would she feel the need, as Charlottesville and the nation were reeling from the ugly specter of Nazis marching on the streets of an American town, to announce that she is white and proud of it?
Did the comments of this public official do anything to heal the deepening rift within our country?
Did her comments contribute to or call for a better understanding about the differences that separate us and the common ground that must unite us?
Did she stand up and emphatically declare that there is no place in America — no place — where such racist, violent behavior should be tolerated?
Nope. Instead, she lamented her own sorry plight.
You don’t need to apologize for being white, Supervisor Miller. You might, however, want to consider apologizing for being a boob.
Pima County’s Democratic county supervisors called on Ally Miller to apologize as well.
Never going to happen. The Queen of the Teabaggers is never wrong (in her own mind).