if this diagnosis is correct, what to do next?
Okay, I’ll bite. But you’ll have to bear with me for the minute.
Progressive Reformation

I’m not interested in “diagnosing” black people and black culture. Black people (like all people) have a whole range of views that run the gamut from Ta-Nehisi Coates and his call for reparations (which is far from universally supported, of course) to people like Bill Cosby, who harshly judge black people as largely responsible for their own plight.

I see a real danger in white people trying to referee these debates between black people, particularly when we choose to take a side that minimizes white responsibility. It is hard to imagine how that could be at all helpful… and not to put too fine a point on it, I think we have pretty much lost the moral right to judge.

I am aware that many white folks see this as self-righteous preaching at best (and race treason at worst), but there’s not a whole lot I can do about those kinds of reactions. I can only do the best I can, try to listen and learn, and do what I can to at least not make the situation worse.

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