Why White People Avoid Content From Black People

Vena Moore
AfroSapiophile
Published in
5 min readJun 7, 2024

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Whites avoiding art from Black people perpetuates their racism. And everyone loses.

Photo by Zachary Nelson on Unsplash

On an outing one day last fall with two white friends, I mentioned that I’d be going to see a Wailer tribute band playing later that evening with another friend. One of my friends asked with a puzzled expression on her face, “Who’re the Wailers?”

I answered matter-of-factly, “Bob Marley was one of the founders.”

The puzzled expression on my friend’s face decreased by maybe 50%. She’d recognized Bob Marley’s name but wouldn’t be able to name any of his songs. I let the conversation fizzle out. I’d stopped being frustrated or angry over exchanges like this years ago.

How and why white people expect Black people to like the all of the art they like

This contrasts with one conversation I had with a white man I dated years ago who gushed that he loved Woody Allen movies. I immediately side-eyed him, because this conversation took place years after the scandal ensued where it was revealed that he’d begun an affair with Soon-Yi Previn, the adopted teenage daughter of his then-girlfriend, Mia Farrow. Over time, various accounts of their relationship strongly implied that Allen may have groomed Soon Yi while she was still underage…

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Vena Moore
AfroSapiophile

Dismantling white, male supremacy one word at a time.