White Seeing Black

 

In Andrew OHehir article  White privilege: An insidious virus that’s eating America from within published in Salon.com the auhor writes

White privilege is a term that sometimes gets thrown around too cavalierly, especially when people are having a fight on the Internet and want to shut each other up. (I find myself echoing here many of the things I wrote about masculinity and male privilege in the wake of the Elliot Rodger case in May. It’s been a tough summer in America.) Recognizing white privilege does not mean that white people don’t get to express our views on controversial racial topics, or that we have to defer to whatever a person of color may say. It does mean, however, that we have a responsibility to be alert to advantages we may possess, whether as ordinary citizens on the street, economic agents or wielders of rhetoric that appears neutral rather than “racial.” By definition, it means that some of those advantages are things we don’t notice, or take entirely for granted.

But the most insidious power of white privilege, the albatross effect that makes it so oppressive to white people themselves, is the way it renders itself invisible and clouds the collective mind. It’s like a virus that adapts in order to ensure its own survival and perpetuation, in this case by convincing its host it isn’t there. So we see polls suggesting that large percentages of white Americans believe that racism is not a significant factor in Ferguson or law enforcement in general, that cops are just doing their jobs, and that whatever bad things may have happened once upon a time in our beloved country, they’ve been locked away in the dusty cabinet of history and don’t matter anymore. We passed the Voting Rights Act and exiled the Ku Klux Klan to the margins of society (or at least to websites with really bad graphics). Ergo, white privilege obviously doesn’t exist anymore click here for  full article

Stewart just knows Michael Brown put his hands up.

Stewart just knows racism was behind the shooting of Michael Brown.

Stewart just knows the shooting of Michael Brown was unjustified.

Stewart just knows that Al Sharpton’s symbolic summits in Chicago are enough.

Stewart just knows that America’s racial grifters and media are doing everything they can to stop the bloodshed in Chicago.

Stewart just knows that there’s no more context behind all the facts and figures he cites except, of course, racism.

Even before the Justice Department, Stewart has already gotten to the bottom of what happened in Ferguson, and that gives him the right to step up on a pedestal, wag his widdle finger, and morally preen over those of us who believe in a little thing Americans like to call “waiting for the facts” or “due process” or “justice.”

But because we don’t have Stewart’s magic crystal ball (and he’s not sharing), all The Great Unwashed can do instead is wait for the facts, and in the meantime attempt to point out how dangerous, violent, and destructive things always get when those who don’t wait for the facts (or share their crystal ball) scream racism based only on speculation.

Stewart isn’t attacking Fox News for anything the network did wrong. He’s attacking the network for waiting for the facts and wondering why those who aren’t don’t give a damn about the hundreds of black Americans murdered annually in Chicago.

That’s wrong now.

That’s racist now.

That’s stupid now.

Up is down now.

Right is wrong now.

The police are corrupt; only the police should have guns.

The police are corrupt, but the government they serve is good.

Slavery is freedom.

George Zimmerman is white.

Join the mob or… Jon Stewart’s going to look into the camera, tap his pencil, and make a funny face that ObliteratesDestroysBlastsDemolishesShreds you.

Mobs rioted, looted, destroyed businesses… But Stewart’s indignation is only for those who wait for the facts and condemn those who don’t.

Stewart is down with the struggle and down with those who gin up a frenzied mob that makes victims of only the poor black people in Ferguson Stewart pretends to care about.

I bet if it was Stewart’s mansion being looted or his employer being burnt down, he’d wish people would’ve waited for the facts.

But it wasn’t his community or business that was ObliteratedDestroyedBlastedDemolishedShredded; it was a black community, so it’s okay. Because a burnt-out black community is nothing more than a sacrifice to The Cause.

Jon Stewart is now so puffed up with himself that he sees himself as an all-seeing, all-knowing god — and his first commandment is that the mob is right (as long as it’s not middle-aged Tea Partiers who protest against the government forcing them to buy something and clean up after themselves afterwards).

And here’s a short list of Stewart’s all-seeing, all-knowing media sycophants who also side with the mob:

Daily Show’s Jon Stewart obliterates Fox News coverage

Daily Kos

Jon Stewart blasts Fox News on white privilege over Ferguson

Huffington Post:

Jon Stewart’s Priceless Response To Fox News On Ferguson

E!:

Jon Stewart Outraged Over Fox News’ Ferguson Coverage

WSJ:

 

Also check out White Privilege Unpacking the Invisble Knapsack

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