I Am A White and I Am Not A Racist, But All the Other Whites Are

Tony Zaret
Jul 18, 2015 · 2 min read

I’ll never forget the first time I became acutely aware of America’s sad state of racial affairs. I was 30 years old and I had just had my eyes opened by the Oscar®-winning movie Crash. Suddenly I realized that rather than being a colorblind paradise, the United States was in fact seething with conflict based on skin color and ethnicity.

I was saddened to learn that many of the other whites were going around judging people based on race. When I researched the issue further, I found that they were not just passing judgement but were also involved in discrimination, bigotry, and worst of all, racism.

I am sorry to say that America will not begin to heal until these other whites take a hard look at their privilege and bigotry, and not just in their personal lives, but in their blogs, tweets, vlogs and webcomics. Right now, however, this is not happening. For example, here is a blog I found by a white:

Nowhere on this blog is there a mention of race, gender or privilege. Perhaps it is easy for this blogger to act as if they live in a world where race doesn’t matter and the only thing that is important is the house from Goonies and Halloween Cakes. But by ignoring the problem, they only serve to highlight their own privilege. It must be nice to live in such a bubble, but I urge the owner of this blog, as well as ALL the other whites besides me, to take a long hard look in the mirror, because in that mirror they will see two things: 1) A racist, and 2) ME, standing behind them, pointing an accusatory finger with one hand and in the other holding their ticket to redemption — my Region 1 Blu-Ray of Crash.

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