Do You Even Have a Black Friend?
White pseudo-anti-racists have created a loophole that allows them to wallow in their white supremacy. Everyone knows the snark about the black friend, right? Snark that white pseudo-anti-racists wield against other white people who attempt to speak about what their black friend has said about a particular subject. Of course, white people with no black friends have used the “my black friend said” as a ridiculous argument device. It immediately becomes obvious when someone does not really have a black friend and is substituting an imagined black friend as a genuine black friend. We know it is an imagined black friend because strangely the black friend just happens to regurgitate every single opinion said white person has previously stated. It is not lost on observing eyes that the white person with the imagined black friend is usually arguing a point that tends to fall to the right of most social-political ideologies. At this point in history, we must acknowledge that is far right, because currently, center happens to be very right already. In that sense, the white “left” (for lack of a better word), also known as the white “anti-racists” have managed to become the face of the morally superior,—the white side that actually cares about black people.
White lefts are so familiar with the black friend concept that they can even laugh at themselves and make an excuse for not interacting with black people at the same time. One such example is how Stephen Colbert (court jester for the white left royalty) made fun of searching for a black friend (Naturally, he disguised it as making fun of the white right). He presented it as a requirement that all good white left people must meet. It has to be, since the lack of a real black friend is used against the white right. Colbert’s main poke was demonstrating how white people go about things such as combating anti-racism as if it is nothing more than an item on a checklist. The whole nonsense about actually interacting with black people is ignored and instead replaced with the invigorating chase and the satisfying end. Such as finally being able to check off something that gets you a pat on the back.
Get black friend. √
So if any white group appears to be concerned about blacks, it seems to be the whites on the left or so that is how they wish to be perceived. It is not as if the “left” does not have a valid hook, a believable shtick because they do, –on the surface. When comparing the “left” to the right, one thing is for sure; the white right does not know how or care to hide their racism. They are so passionate in their pursuit to maintain white supremacy that there is little time to catch and control any conveyance of racism. They “stay the course” while racist accusations are hurled at them or not. Whereas the white left is so easily distracted when called racists that no actual anti-racism works gets accomplished. Not only is no anti-racism work done, the left is so diverted that the right gets most everything they desire. White people, particularly left-leaning white people need to feel good about their social-political image. Feelings don’t need actions in order to materialize. Essentially, a typical white person’s accusation of racism toward another white person has nothing to do with left whites or right whites actually giving a damn about racism, but a tool for those whites to wield against each other. In other words, in most cases it remains all about white people.
Therefore, when the left is laughing at the right and their imagined black friend(s), I have to wonder if those laughing, ridiculing, and engaging in “gotcha” even have a black friend.
Thus, when white people rely solely/mainly on other white people to understand racism and/or work through racism, it becomes a minefield for those who are truly interested in doing something about perpetuating white supremacy. It is like eating yourself out of a poisonous haystack. How will you know which straws to eat and while you are choosing the wrong ones, what are you going to do about the built-up toxicity from the bad straws you have already eaten? Will you be able to recognize those straws?
This post is the first post in a three (maybe four) post series.