The Unbearable Whiteness of Being

Bijan Bane: Can White Folks Define “Racist”?

Racism is about double standards. It’s found in the language in media stories about Hurricane Katrina, where CNN graphics referred to displaced citizens as “refugees” or when pundits such as the Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol proclaimed Michelle Obama “unpatriotic” for stating “… For the first time in my adult lifetime, I am really proud of my country.” It’s left to African Americans, the offended party, to explain ad nauseum why seemingly innocuous items are offensive. We do it because we want to educate, to stop the offensive language and behavior, not because we are “playing the race card.” We are always up for the teachable moment, but it does get exhausting.

Whose burden, enlightenment?  HT The Corner.

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  1. Mike M. Houston Texas

    Give me the teachable moment in this one.

    Man sees two people break into neighbors house. Man shoots robbers. NAACP and other protest in his front yard. Two guys in a house that is not theirs stealing. I have many questions.

    Why were they in someone elses house in the first place? Since when does the NAACP stand for “if we are black and break into your house dont shoot us”? Why did they even show up anyway? Here is the teachable moment protesting the shooting of two people taking someone elses property because of the color of their skin only hurts the cause.

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