Over the weekend, a fried on Facebook shared this amazing post by Patrick Knight, concerning the way his white friends knowingly and unknowingly perpetuated racism when he was around. So much of this resonated, but I particularly got hit by this passage:
"It's also messed up to introduce me to your other friends (whom I've never met) as "the whitest Black guy you'll ever meet." I've never met this person. They've never met me. But thanks to you trying to make what seemed like a harmless joke (to you), this stranger not only now has a pre-concieved notion of how I might behave or think, they also now have implied permission to call me the same thing."
As a person who works in corporate America, and has worked for a few large global company with people of many diverse races and cultures, it pains me to say I've heard this exact phrase many, many times. Not just at work, but at outings, in my neighborhood, and hanging with friends. We white people think it's like giving our stamp of approval, or something. It's okay. He's practically one of us!
How nauseatingly arrogant.