On Reverse Racism…

So, I got this shared with me today…


I immediately accepted two things:

  1. That people in the halls of higher learning prove to be colorblind even as they strive to be inclusive.
  2. That the cries of reverse racism were going to scorch the Internet.

Initially I felt this was incredibly tacky decision and I have a sneaking suspicion that the University of Connecticut didn’t exactly get a gauge of how their black students would approve of this, much less their student body as a whole.

In a way, I still think this is a tacky decision.  Even if the technical definition of reverse racism is a non-sequitur, you don’t exactly do any racial divide favors by creating an exclusionary environment of any cut.

Then I remember a happening at my place of work, and a co-worker (who yes is black).  She accidentally left a convenience store without paying for a fountain drink.  Now, that in and of itself wasn’t a big deal… the people who run the store knew her, they knew she was good for it.

But when she returned to pay for it later, she got this joke:

“Man, you’re lucky.  Your people have been shot for less in this country.”

That was disturbing on two levels; first that someone felt absolutely comfortable making such a joke while having no reason to be (even if my co-worker didn’t take offense)… and second, that it’s true.

That is the society that black people, and other minorities, have to try and trudge through every single day.  Even when they’re not being shot for carrying a BB-gun or otherwise outright murdered by police, they face a society which looks at this carnage and tries to make a joke out of it.

In that sense… I dunno… maybe it can’t hurt for black people to have a place all to them where they don’t have to deal with the majority bullshit.  Even if it seems counter-productive.

If stuff like this dorm is the worst us “crackers” have to deal with in regards to our racial struggle in this country, we’re getting off pretty damn light.  Perhaps we just need to let it slide.

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