Educators, You Might Be A Good, Racist Person Too - The Jose Vilson

Educators, You Might Be A Good, Racist Person Too

by Jose Vilson on March 7, 2013

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Ta-Nehisi Coates has a message for good, honest folk. Read:

But much worse, it haunts black people with a kind of invisible violence that is given tell only when the victim happens to be an Oscar winner. The promise of America is that those who play by the rules, who observe the norms of the “middle class,” will be treated as such. But this injunction is only half-enforced when it comes to black people, in large part because we were never meant to be part of the American story. Forest Whitaker fits that bill, and he was addressed as such.

I am trying to imagine a white president forced to show his papers at a national news conference, and coming up blank. I am trying to a imagine a prominent white Harvard professor arrested for breaking into his own home, and coming up with nothing. I am trying to see Sean Penn or Nicolas Cage being frisked at an upscale deli, and I find myself laughing in the dark. It is worth considering the messaging here. It says to black kids: “Don’t leave home. They don’t want you around.” It is messaging propagated by moral people.

So maybe we need to rethink how we talk about The American Dream in this country, especially when it’s not meant for all of us …

Jose, who’ll let that thought rock for a little while …

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