She’d just finished a performance at The House of Blues on Sunset Boulevard .. Prince and Stevie Wonder were in attendance .. and as she waited for the valet this was her experience:
“Waiting outside for the valet to bring the car round, and these … I say kids, but they must have been 25, looking wealthy, five-o’clock-in-the-morning, wasted. And this guy’s saying, ‘Step back nigger, step back nigger.’ He’s saying it like it’s a song, but there’s nobody out there but me. I was taken aback, and I said, ‘Excuse me?’
And he said, ‘Shut your mouth and don’t say a word when a white man is talking.’
“I’m not kidding. I started laughing, and I followed him and his cohorts through the parking lot laughing hysterically, and they became more and more uncomfortable. It was one of the best moments of outrageous laughter I’ve had.
“To think for one moment I could possibly fit into that box … I am so far from that word that it is funny.
“They looked so uncomfortable; I wanted to emasculate him, to make sure he was getting no nookie that night. The girls sobered up and were looking scared.
“It was something else – the first time in my life I’ve been called that. Wow. But I enjoyed it. You must fight back; it is imperative. I like the fight in me now.”
That’s right Jill. Don’t just slink away with your tail between your legs. Let’em know that you’re better than that. But at the same time I hope Ms. Scott had some mace on her cause you can’t just follow around any racist laughing hysterically or you may have to pick your ass up off the sidewalk.
Two points for the home team!