I’ve organized my columns by topic and one of the topics is racism.
When I write a column about racism I define it as the belief that generally speaking, the average black person is inferior to the average white person in one or more ways — more violent, less intelligent, lazier, etc.
I see this idea appear in many ways, especially in the damning by faint praise “You’re one of the good ones” which isn’t much different from the “You’re the whitest black man. . . .” phrase you mentioned above.
This racist belief in on-average inferiority leads to a twisted logic chain: 1) this idea of on-average black inferiority reflects a factual situation — it’s true; 2) Since I’m just recognizing a true fact, I’m not a racist; 3) Since I’m not a racist, I’m a good person; 4) Since I’m a good person, Mr. Crazy Snake was right when he said that in Charlottesville there were good people on both sides.
That “good people on both sides” was a dog whistle from Crazy Snake to the racists that he shares this belief with them.
— David Grace