reviewed: Nice White Parents
It’s unfortunate that this podcasts’s overall rating is weighed down by negative reviews from people who view discussions about the existence of racist attitudes and actions, and racist attitudes and actions, as the same thing. It is not “racist” to draw attention to the fact that racism exists, no matter how you feel about the accuracy of that conclusion. Here is the difference: It is highly unlikely that the white people interviewed on the show, or any ofThe white people Listening to the show, will experience real social, economic, or physical hardship owing to the critiques levied in it. Although these critiques may feel uncomfortable or unfair to some white listeners, those listeners will remain largely immune to physical, social, or economic harm on account of race (they may experience these hardships due to other things, but not due to whiteness alone) long after they finish the podcast. Black people, On the other hand, will continue to experience the wide range of serious harms due to racism that they always have, albeit to varying degrees depending on the time, place, and individual concerned. They will continue to get killed by the police (or, by random teenagers who spend too much time reading toxic racist garbage online). They will continue to experience reduced access to a variety of valuable economic and social opportunities. They will continue to encounter roadblocks in their attempts to build and retain wealth. They will continue to experience social anxiety over real and perceived discrimination in a range of banal situations. Of course the way these harms are experienced, and the impacts they have on the course of one’s life, will vary from person to person. And Of course white people experience horrible things. But the racist harmsTo black peoples are more substantial, and more widespread, than anything experienced by white people in the aggregate. There is plenty of data to support this. In conclusion - It is super depressing that some Americans have become so protective of white people that they feel the need to aggressively shield them from all criticism, all guilt, and all bad feelings. Regardless of how one feels about the accuracy of the claims put forth in the podcast, Or even about Racism in general, I would hope that the white listeners who object to the troubling accusations of racismwould have the moral fortitude to take a deep breath, look around, observe how much power white people have in this country, realize that podcasts discussing racism are not a threat to their safety or hegemony, process their emotional discomfort over these shocking allegations, and move on with their lives. Or learn something. That’d be good too.
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