My first impulse was to dismiss this. Continue reading How to talk to white people
Biting the bullet
My core belief is fairly obscure.
I never supposed anyone would attack it directly.
Until black folk love themselves
like white folk love themselves,
there will be no change.
Music: George Benson, “The Greatest Love of All”
The practice has done me a ton of damage, and no good.
So now I take a different approach. Continue reading I am exhausted from grieving race.
Against the notion that blacks victimize themselves by “acting black,” Princeton undergraduate Kristen Coke complains that “acting white” does not insulate her from petty racist insults. After all, she doesn’t act “ghetto.”
I’m not concerned about victimizations that occur when blacks “act white” in the presence of whites. In my world, there aren’t enough white people to matter. I’m concerned about the victimizations that occur when black people “act black” among blacks.
Tough, or centered?
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