I gotta tell you, this is a classic white people move; this call for “unity.” And I say this as a white person myself. We love to tell people who are pointing out racism; who are protesting inequality that they’re the ones trying to tear us apart.
Us white people, we don’t have to live with racism. We don’t have to see it. It’s transparent to us. We can choose not to look at it. As long as we’re not saying the n-word, or writing “whites only” above the water fountain, we think we’ve done our part.
Our skin color means that we can choose to look past wealth disparities, or job discrimination, or discrimination in the legal system, or cultural hegemony, or any of a thousand other ways that we’re given the upper hand by our laws and culture. But people of color know what’s really going on, because they live it. Even rich people of color who get to be on tv, like Randy Moss.
And if people of color say something about racism, we say back that they’re attacking our unity; that they’re not doing their part to hold the country together; they’re not turning the other cheek enough. But why is holding the country together their job?
This whole, “You’re promoting division” thing is a trick. It’s a feint.
Protesting racism doesn’t tear us apart. RACISM tears us apart.
Listen, here’s the deal fellow white people:
(People of color, go take a break. Relax. Go have a sandwich. This part is between me, Trent Dilfer, and all my other white people out there.)
White people - It’s not people of color’s job to protect us! It’s not their job to make us feel better! It’s not their job to end racism! Ending racism is our job! WE made it, let’s unmake it.
When someone tells you about racism; when someone protests racism, when they point out racism, they are not the source of the problem. RACISM is the source of the problem. And WE are the source of the racism. And we have the power to change it.
JESSE THORN, commenting on Trent Dilfer’s finger wagging at Colin Kaepernick, and white people’s responsibility in ending racism. Related post »here