Thursday, October 30, 2014

Why "Act Like White People" Is Really Bad Advice

White disregard, of the pain whites cause blacks, starts young

Ann and Meade - and their white readers - have repeatedly said to act like white people, but I don't listen to them:

White Americans also have a long history of violence—not only when asked to share residential space with African Americans or even to treat them as equals in schools or on the job, but also when nary a person of color is near. From the lynching of blacks in the Jim Crow era to the crimes committed against African Americans every time they tried to move onto a white block after World War Iand World War II, ugly incidents of white violence were both regular and unremarkable. Even among those who look just like them, whites historically have engaged in a variety of violent behaviors that would make many shudder—from their propensity to engage in brutal duels and to “eye gouge” their fellow whites in the decades before the Civil War, to their involvement in mass shootings in more recent years.

Whites also "eye gouged" black kids pretty regularly:

White people are the worst examples of non-violence in America,...

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