Okay, this is quite a debacle. A Harvard Law student sent around an email that was, well, first stupid as hell, and second, racist as hell. Then, in the ensuing kerfuffle, apologists abound. And then PostBourgie BEAUTIFULLY makes this point:
We’ve gotten to the point in our racial discourse where indisputably racist shit can no longer be called racist because it may offend or have other negative repercussions for some person in a position of privilege. You won’t hear any of Stephanie Grace’s army of defenders — many of whom, of course, share her privilege and are invested in perpetuating it — calling out actual racism. They will, however, stomp and moan if someone suggests that they might have done something racist or that they’re apologizing for racism.
This also isn’t how it works. Not being racist is not some default starting position. You don’t simply get to say you’re not a racist; not being racist — or a sexist or a homophobe — is a constant, arduous process of unlearning, of being uncomfortable, of eating crow and being humbled and re-evaluating. It’s probably hard to start that process if you’ve been told that every thought you have is golden and should be given voice, and that people who are offended by what you say are hypersensitive, irrational simpletons.
Thank Christ someone finally made this point. All of this demonizing the person who calls out racists as racists or sexists as sexists has got to stop. And I love the point of view like, wow in this day and age an enlightened white girl at Harvard Law couldn’t possibly be racist so even when she says racist stupid things we make apologies for her. Guh.