Let me start with things that should go without saying-- I don't think Jerome, from reading his posts here- is racists. I don't think he is naive. I simply think he really has a hard time here understanding how someone like me, a black person, sees race in America.
I asked him in this diary:
A simple question- what was so offensive about what Rev. Wright said? I don't understand it. But, then, I didn't understand what was so bad about what Ferraro said either.
So, let me say this. I think the real problem isn't that we have had enough conversation about race, and need to move on. That's certainly the smart political thing to do. I think the problem is that what is now a truism is once again rearing its head- people of color see race in general different than those who are white.
I am told his comments are disgusting,a nd yet, let me be honest, emotionally, deep down there is some emotional ressonance with him for me. Not in the word, but in the feelings that may lead one down that path way. So, what I would accuse Jerome of is not understanding the emotions even if one doesn't agree with the reasoning. Can you understand this?
Is it because we aren't the "magic negros" you imagine us to be? Selfless, and cluless about the impact of society and our skin color on us? I will be blunt- I am supposedly a part of what some would consider the higher income earners among African Americans. I earn at this juncture in my life a pretty good amount of money. I didn't get here without the emotional scars of being black along the way. What I felt along the way to was a kind of indifference. It's this indifference to us which fuels some to say what Wright said. So, I ask again- what about quotes by Wright are so offensive to white people?Update [2008-3-19 22:58:27 by bruh21]:
Jerome attempts to respond to my question in his diary, but, fails. I asked a rather specific question Jerome. If someone tells me they are offended by something, I need specifics rather than generalized impression or explanations about "I am one of the good white people" type analysis. The standard I am holding you to about racism is the same I hold everyone too. If you don't believe that, check out my comments when the Obama supporters were attacking Ferraro. Your credentials for getting along or hanging with black people isn't at issue. Your interpretation of the situation is.
By the way, your response , however, does make me think of the satire site, Stuff White People Like:
It's satire, but it's also meant to drive home a point about progressives. I also want to be clear. I don't think Jerome is a racist. I do think anyone trying to silence questions by calling someone a racists needs to understand silencing people by such measures is wrong.