The New York Times asks, “Is Anti-White Bias on the Rise?” Which, if I were the headline-writer, I would change to, “Are White People Stupid, Selfish or Both?”
Just kidding you guys, I love white people! I’m a white person! My slogan for white people goes like this: White people. Some of them are so great!
But oh god some white people are so terrible. Like all of the white people who apparently think that anti-white bias is on the rise, and is now more prominent than anti-black bias? (Also there are apparently only two biases — anti-black or anti-white). These are definitely the white people who are like, “It’s not fair that black people can use the n-word and I cannot, and also one time someone called me a honky and that’s just as bad.”
I am sorry, white people who say that, but that is not just as bad. And you are not the victim of “bias” because the n-word is the one thing in your entire life that you are not allowed to say.
As usual, Patricia J. Williams’ reaction to the piece is spot-on:
The finding that white Americans see blacks’ progress as an insult or a diminishment of their status is not entirely surprising. Zero-sum formulations of prejudice tend to emerge in lean economic times, fueling cultural or historical rivalries of all sorts.
I have a hunch that if the study had included questions about whether whites feel threatened by “reverse racism” among Asians, Latinos and immigrants, the results would be much the same. Those perceptions notwithstanding, data show that white Americans remain the most privileged human beings on the planet.
But, lest anyone worry, white folks, comparatively speaking, are doing just fine. Blacks are twice as likely to be unemployed. Six African-Americans head Fortune 500 companies. Of those businesses, 480 are run by whites. We have one black president, and almost one million black people in prison.
White people, let’s all take a deep breath. EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE FINE.