"Ooooh, even with white's long history of violence and meyhem, [someone who sees white racism is] the racist while you're merely "sick and tired". And you haven't even entertained if you are "guilty of something simply because of my race" have you? No, so - if you are - all the better. You'll stay as blind to that as you are to color. Pity the people, who just happen to be black, if they run into you anyway. That's their problem. Always has been. Nobody's going to tell you what to do. Ever.
- The Crack Emcee, yesterday, chatting up the racists at Althouse
"That’s the way privilege works. It looks at itself and its own experience as the criteria for what’s normal and acceptable, and doesn’t pause to consider that other people, with other experiences, may find something insensitive or hurtful. It’s not necessarily intentionally mean; it’s just not terribly interested in trying even a little harder."
Mary Elizabeth Williams, yesterday, explaining why I talk to people like I do on Althouse (including Ann)
“Oh my gosh. Oh, they don’t mean anything by it. Just let it go. No one thinks anything of it. Evidently, someone did.”
- Sullivan High School principal Jennifer Schmidt, in Salon, explaining her first thoughts when her white students used blackface for a school performance