Filed under: race, Think About It | Tags: BET, black on black crime, peggy mcintosh, race, television, tim wise, white privilege
I received a FB message today entitled “Another Racist question…”. The message was from a white gentleman, in his 50s (or perhaps late 40s) who lives in the suburbs with his family, and holds down a well paying job. He said:“I know you like to ask difficult questions to see the answers you get… Here’s one for you that I was asked during the Christmas break. How many Blacks would be upset if there was a “WET” [Since he references BET, I’m under the assumption that WET means “White Entertainment Television”] TV channel? No one is complaining that there’s a “BET” channel. Guaranteed that everyone would get upset if the shoe was on the other foot!”
Honestly, my first thought was, “Aww, bless his heart. He doesn’t understand that every channel EXCEPT BET is “WET” (as he put it).” Then I thought: The reason he doesn’t know is because he’s grossly unaware of White Privilege and the role that it plays in his life.
In Peggy McIntosh’s “White Privilege: Unpacking Invisible Knapsack,” she creates a list of the daily effects of White Privilege. Number six on the list reads: “I can turn on the television or open to the front page of the paper and see people of my race widely represented.” Perfect example.
After pondering how to approach the topic, I responded: (more…)