I am sinking so horrendously deep
into my stupid ass mistakes
that I think I’m becoming one.
County Commissioner Jim Gile of Saline County, Kansas, apologizing for using the term “n*gger-rigging.” Gile said he meant “jury-rigged.”
In his apology, “Gile said he also has a close friend whom he regards as a sister who is black,” the Salina Journal reported. “‘I don’t ever do anything bad and don’t know how to do anything bad. People know I am not,’ he said.”
See this is, unfortunately, how too many white Americans position themselves when questioned or challenged about their prejudiced and racist attitudes and behaviors. It reminds me of a kid I once saw winning a game of the dozens who told his less verbally and humorously adept opponent - You’re so stupid, you don’t even know you’re stupid.
So FYI white Americans - just because you’ve got black friends, kids, partners does not mean you can’t be racist, and be clear that at no time - ever, do you get to use the word ni**ger in any of its iterations. Nor can you spout outdated racial descriptors when discussing 21st century African Americans, and when you do, don’t get offended when we call you out, hem you up, and let you know that your behavior crosses unacceptable boundaries. Just look in the mirror and ask yourself - Am I that stupid?
Ta-Nehisi Coates (via theatlantic)
Forget about history, look at how current legislation (voter ID, castle/stand your ground, three strikes) continues to marginalize and disenfranchise blacks and other people of color in this country.