Good news: Whites fear racist label

Caitlin Sullivan Seattle, WA White people, even the most overtly racist ones, hate being called racist. As long as that’s true, maybe there’s hope for change, or at least a conversation. When white people say racist things and are not called racist, they often continue. But when that label is used, they are often shocked [...]

Only whites can truly ignore racism

Bjorn Leslie Harlson Seattle, WA For the longest time I was not fully aware of my own privilege. I would be one of those crying “reverse racism” at things like affirmative action, or any other sort of law that identifies people by their race in anyway. After taking some classes in the matter and talking [...]

Whites Not Welcome in Compton McDonalds

Bill DelGrosso New York City, NY My first disaster response for FEMA was the recovery from the Rodney King civil unrest in 1992. 4 of us were in Compton for a townhall meeting with the Hon. Mervyn Dymally and stopped at McDonalds. One of my colleagues wanted to “eat in”. We were the only white [...]

Do articulate whites also impress you?!

Charles Reynolds Oakland, CA From time to time my black family or friends of color will receive an odd “complement.” Apparently our fluid command of the English language is worthy of an at-a-boy. The, “wow, you’re articulate!” observations do not always smack of adulation but bigotry. Before you “compliment” in this way ask yourself a [...]

Whites can’t distinguish Harvard from Hoodlum.

Alisa Dennis Los Angeles, CA Many white people do not personally know any blacks, or very few. As a result, their only reference point for black culture is drawn from stereotyped, caricatured images from T.V. news, sitcoms, Hollywood movies, or quickly driving through the outskirts of economically marginalized black neighborhoods where they are likely to [...]