October 29, 2012

Don”€™t blame black pundits”€”who make a living by being black and talking about their blackness and how hard it is to be black”€”for stoking racial tension. Don”€™t blame the ones who see no irony of accusing Romney of “€œplaying the race card“€ while their own words appear under a banner that says “€œEast Central Florida’s Black Voice.”€ Don”€™t blame those who talk about “€œthe childishness of some whites“€ or that Romney, by not even mentioning race, was somehow contributing to “€œthe niggerization“€ of Obama.

Don”€™t blame white pundits who talk about “€œcoded speech”€ and “€œdog whistles,”€ those who blame everything on “€œracial hatred“€ and urge a default editorial strategy of “€œcall them racists.”€

Don”€™t blame a media that never shuts the hell up about race, whether it involves the “€œColorectal Cancer Racial Gap,”€ how racism may cause weight gain, or whether your baby is a racist. Don”€™t blame a media that works in cahoots with law enforcement to foster the impression that no matter how savage, deliberate, or merciless a black-on-white attack is”€”even if the perpetrators taunted their victims with racial epithets during the assault”€”it hardly ever seems to be labeled anything beyond a “€œpossible”€ hate crime.

And we”€™ll jolt your nipples with cables attached to a car battery if you”€™re foolhardy enough to wonder if it might partially be Obama’s fault that after four years in office, Americans are a bit more “€œracist”€ instead of full-blown post-racial. Don”€™t blame him for being the candidate who made a point of his race in 2008, all under the slippery guise of predicting his opponent would make a point of his race. Don”€™t blame him for beseeching Hispanics to help him “€œpunish our enemies.”€ Don”€™t blame him for dishonoring his white mother and the white grandparents who raised him for the fact that he described himself as exclusively “€œblack“€ on his Census form. Don”€™t blame him for selecting an Attorney General who is absurdly biased in racial matters. Don”€™t blame him for presuming the white cop was at fault in the arrest of Henry Louis Gates. And don”€™t blame him for exploiting a racially charged killing by saying that if he “€œhad a son, he”€™d look like Trayvon.”€

And don”€™t for a second think that perhaps many well-meaning whites are finally growing a little defensive after realizing that trying hard not to be “€œracist”€ is the most thankless job of all. Brush from your consciousness any suggestion that no matter how open-minded and compassionate you try to be, it never seems to be enough. Don”€™t dare contemplate that many Americans have reached Peak Guilt and will start refusing to fit any more guilt into their already guilt-addled bodies. Don”€™t think about the idea that tribalism may be a natural instinct and that trying to go “€œpost-racial”€ is as absurd as trying to go “€œpost-sexual.”€ If you entertain such notions for even a second, it’s obvious that you”€™re prejudiced. And now we have tests that can prove it.



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