Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Should Black Folks Thank Me for Not Hating Them?

The Opie and Anthony show that I listen to on the radio during the morning commute was marred by a rant by Anthony about how black folks don't express enough gratitude to white folks for being less racist than they used to be. Jim Norton countered him pretty well by arguing that nobody should be grateful to someone else for doing what they ought to be doing. If I'm less of a douche to you today than I was last week, I don't deserve a thank you.

Anthony seemed to suggest that racism was a thing of the past except among some "extremists" and that black folks should get over it. Now all their problems were their own fault. I know lots of folks who feel that way. They're all white and don't know any black people, so they don't know what the hell they're talking about.

They seem to think that black folks are trying to make them feel guilty for something they didn't do. They're wrong. It's not about guilt; it's about acknowledgement and understanding. Nobody wants their guilt, just for them to get their heads out of their asses. White folks who acknowledge racism and its legacy don't do it out of guilt; they do it because they have been informed and can't evade reality.

That Anthony really is a funny guy, but he's a nitwit about race.

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