Confidence goals: Kanye West
Attitude goals: Rihanna
Money goals: Beyonce
Privilege goals: Darren Wilson
…so your goal is to rise to a place where you can spy a black kid, decide you don’t like the look of him, shoot him dead while he’s surrendering to you and call this doing your job; to not even have to avoid arrest because nobody’s trying to arrest you while you’re on paid leave; and to have your friends rustle up a cool half-million dollars for your trouble because they appreciate the work you do so much? that’s the kind of privilege you aspire towards?
here are not human words for how unacceptable this is
i hope the internet crucifies you
WOW okay I thought it would be immediately and universally understood that this post was bitter sarcasm, but to clarify, I reblogged this post as a reaction to all the OTHER WHITE PEOPLE I saw reblogging this post, because I was immediately reminded of Nic Harris’ tweet that “everyone wants to be black until it’s time to be black.”
I reblogged this as a reminder TO MYSELF that emulating black idols does not absolve me of the social responsibility, as a white person, for examining and understanding my own privilege and how my actions and inactions and ignorances can perpetuate social harm.
I’m absolutely appalled that you, amazonpoodle, would think I meant this post in sincerity, and all I can say is that was the furthest thing from my intent, and I apologize for not explaining immediately what my thought process was so that you would have more context, and I apologize for making you think that I as a white person would sincerely wish Darren Wilson’s level of “privilege” on any human being, and I am so, so so sorry that I made you feel like that.
i don’t know how to even begin breaking this down for you, is the thing.
i doubt anybody thinks you actually aspire to be like darren wilson? but like. that is the joke you made. on a post written by a black person about exceptional black people. it is not a joke anybody should be making, but it is especially not a joke somebody who is not black should be making.
because the thing that is not a joke — the thing you totally failed to examine and understand — is that you ALREADY HAVE the privilege that darren wilson has. goal reached. achievement unlocked. another thing you failed to examine and understand is that when you are white, and in possession of all that privilege, black people have zero reason to give you the benefit of the doubt for the dumb racist shit you say. so when you say a ~bitter ~sarcastic non sequitur thing about race, you don’t get to assume people will understand or even be interested in whatever your white thought process was.
"context" does not make this better. you took this post that was neither for nor about you, and in your attempt to make it about you, you said a really gross thing and thought it was good. (like. how. how did you not raise any maybe-i-oughtn’t red flags in your own brain. rhetorical question. the answer is:) you are all those OTHER WHITE PEOPLE you side-eye. you. bookshop.
honestly, something like “quick reminder to myself and o.w.p.: [link to/embed of that tweet]” would have been a much, much less offensive original reblog. here is my teaching moment. make it a learning moment.