Being White Is Awesome, So How Could We Be Racist? (Column) - the York Daily Record
Ever hear whites make fun of black names? Names like Lakeesha and Jashon? Did you know that when potential employers are presented with two identical resumes, one with a white name and one with a black name, the white person gets the interview, hands down. Not so harmless now. And when “undercover” black and white employees interview for jobs, when they both have the exact same qualifications, guess who almost always gets called back? Yeah, that’s right, the whites.
When I say “welfare queen,” do you think of a poor white woman living in Appalachia outside a trailer, with a bunch of dirty kids in diapers running around, or do you think of Lakeesha, sitting on her welfare throne with buckets of food stamps all around her? Yet, there are twice as many whites on welfare as blacks and that’s not including the white CEOs of corporate America.
Do you ever find yourself having conversations with other whites and when you talk about blacks you whisper the word “blacks”? If you are not ashamed of what you are saying, why are you whispering?
If I told you I was representing an alleged drug dealer, in your mind is he black or white? (He’s white by the way.)
Our criminal justice system is rife with racism. Just one example: In 2011 the City of Philadelphia settled a lawsuit with the ACLU because of the police department’s “stop and frisk” policy. Seventy-six percent of the people stopped in Philadelphia without reasonable suspicion were minorities and 85 percent of the people frisked were minorities, including lawyers, doctors and other professionals.