It’s starting to feel as though major retailers are trolling us as a business strategy—and that it’s working, because otherwise, it wouldn’t be such a persistent issue. Is it possible that the Internet actually birthed this monster, rather than being a tool for killing it?
I’m sure this may surprise some, but I don’t blame white people for American racism. I singularly blame white privilege. It’s the idea—not the people—that affects everything. You can forgive a person, but how do you forgive a racist ideology?
That doesn’t mean that we cannot or should not feel grief about a beloved actor’s passing, but we should try to understand why many might be concerned about yet another story of another black person murdered via racist police brutality or racially motivated crime veiled by law. Williams was brilliant, hilarious, and special, but comparisons shouldn’t be made that Brown’s death should not be tragic because he was college-bound. Both of their deaths stem from tragic systemic issues in America, and we seem to have a hard time talking about either one.
Maybe it’s somehow, ostensibly, twistedly easier to talk about a celebrity death over dinner than it is to talk about police killing black people in America.
There is no meaningful sense in which any group of people could conduct any kind of war against white people in the U.S. On the Monopoly board of life, white people have a hotel on every property. White people control the government, the military, the media, and the nation’s wealth. So unless Beyoncé and Oprah really are the queen bees of the Illuminati, white people still control the entire country. The phrase ‘war on whites,’ then, like ‘reverse racism,’ means nothing. It’s so impossible that it’s just a semantic void.