did you just hear yourself answer your own question, which was taken out of context?
This "article" has nothing to do with white people at all.
It’s about Will Smith, using the Hollywood elite white privilege system to sabotage a black woman's career because he's basically a d*ck, and he knew he had the power to persuade that white Hollywood system to get rid of and destroy her, instead of being a stand up guy, understanding her isolation and struggle to not conform to their vision of her as a person (not as an actress) and using his platform to…
I was talking with some students yesterday, millennials and Gen-Z, who are not yet happy with Biden and still very salty over not having Bernie, when the Biden-Breakfast club interview came up….again. I’m still heated about that.
If you don’t vote for me, you’re not black. I get he apologized for this after the fact, but it’s still super entitled behavior like the motto, “It’s better to get forgiveness than permission.” Is it? Not if you keep displaying the same behavior with no intention of changing. Why did he feel he had the right or perhaps the duty to say…
As we analyze, criticize, lament about, laugh with (notice not “ laugh at”) and remind ourselves about white people, let’s not forget that Republicans have a distinct whiteness and LIBERALS do too. I’ve noticed some like to say “whiteness, white people……Republicans, Trump,”, which is a problem because it assumes there are good white people and bad white people according to political affiliation, and its a tactic that only one side uses. Say Republican if that’s what you mean, couching your thoughts in “whiteness” like, “they’re white,and I’m apologizing for being white but….”cough” I’m clearly better”…nah. Not buying it. Because that’s…
The conversations about Simone Biles exit from the Olympics are if nothing else, passionate. “She’s a quitter”, “she let her country down”, “she has mental struggles”, “leave her alone!”, “she deserves sympathy”…blah blah blah. In the mix of millennials being selfish snowflakes and the discussion of black mental health, the question of why she left seems to have everyone puzzled. I mean, “You don’t quit the Olympics!” Apparently, you do.
Since George Floyd and well before that the notion of black vulnerability has been a curious topic. But along side of that has been the less palatable topic of bullying…
Truth be told, I don’t particularly mind the second group most of the time. If some Black teenager wants to vent on Twitter about how all white people are bad — well I don’t like that, but it’s not exactly my place to stop them.
Truth be told, it’s really none of your business to "mind" or not. My point, (and I’m not being b*tchy or disrespectful and I hate that I have to even say THAT just to be honest but) Malcolm X and all the other black activists, scholars and theorists are writing to, about and for the black community. It’s not about or FOR you, which is why most black people get so twisted when white elites or incredibly uninformed guilt-ridden progressives, HAPPEN UP on a piece of black scholarship and decide they should have a say about it, NOT asking, or…
This is terrifying. And exciting, and hopeful but mostly honestly just terrifying. Because is going to set a precedent that….maybe neither side wants to set. I’m in academia, deep in it, and the push to have new ideas, those fresh-from-the-public-sector innovations is always a battle, especially for institutions that have minority students but don’t want to really address their needs or hear them (just as long as the tuition check clears and we can get them to join the athletic and diversity clubs, we’re happy). My main issue is this. Hear me out.
Thanks to neoliberalism and Instagram, the trend…
Recognition doesn’t equate to restoration for African Americans, nor will it lead to justice. I keep thinking Asian Americans got hate crime legislation with funding and a commitment to investigate crimes committed against those groups falling within their diaspora.
BAM!! we get symbolism and pandering while other groups get major policy changes that THEY proposed. Not like these empty corporate ideas that are given to us, to make us feel obligated to agree or we won't get anything else....ever. Its like a bad mother saying, "wear this t-shirt that I bought you that's way too small, when you clearly need a good laptop so you could study better and finish high school like the rest of your siblings did, but remember to smile and say thank you that I did SOMETHING FOR YOU, and remembered you existed. Wait, you mean you don't like Ninja Turtles anymore? Wear the shirt anyway, damn you ungrateful $%&*! "
I’d also learned a valuable lesson. When a White person you don’t know accuses another White person you don’t know of racism, always get a second opinion: your own.
I’m just finding this story but yeah…I’ve had a lot of my “woke” white friends tell me about….mostly white guys who were racist, which is totally odd to me. I grew up before the woke-ness and encounter A LOT of racists, but honestly most times, other white folks schooled them for being a bad person and they cut that behavior out. They didn’t just declare to me "that person is racist" and wait for me to thank them. It’s kind of irritating that they think you should or will believe them because they’re “woke” now. (Where ya been for eons?) I mean, if you’re all about stomping out racism, then start with one racist and then keep going, like tooth decay. Just fix it, and don’t come tell me how noble you are for “saving” me.
Not all people of color experience racism in the workplace. Not all people of color share the same experiences. Not all people of color are supportive of each other, which is sad and unfortunate.
Destiny S. Harris
Interesting piece. I agree with the above statement 100%, however as a black woman these observations are not my issue. The "hey white women are great and not all black people are" campaign is like I said, interesting because when you're privileged meaning on the top and in charge, not just as the boss but in life, then yes, you can afford to be generous and reach out to help minorities. I've also experienced the amazingness of white women bosses, friends, co-workers and even in-laws. But the insertion of their “amazingness” as a replacement for black people’s shortcomings is very…
If, alongside the Optimists, you agree that globalised trade and technological innovation, supported by liberal democratic institutions, has done more to reduce poverty and solve other human problems than anything else in history, then you don’t want radical political reform.
ok, I'm a major optimist and thank you for writing this because I, like you don't think many people know what's actually going on. But, I have to disagree with you on this sentence above in that liberals, specifically the Clintons and their inflitrating everything and then dole out drips and drabs of prosperity through "philanthorpy" are also a huge problem. Read, Winners Take All by Anand Giridharadas, if you haven't already. My2sense