Month: May 2015

Dear fellow white people:

A lot of white people are embracing this small business owner’s terrible idea to host a “white appreciation day”. While neither the race of the business owner nor the scope of the celebration matters (10% off brisket WOW), the concept has galvanized racists to ask the question, “Why shouldn’t there be a day celebrating being white?!”

The notion itself, that white people require- NAY deserve!- a day akin to Black History Month, is disgustingly racist. The simplest answer to that question that your grandma asked on her Facebook feed is that every motherfucking day you walk outside and live your life without fear of persecution, whether it be walking down the street without cops taking a second glance at you or an old lady suddenly clutching her purse tighter, is a day you just celebrated being white. And if you’re a white GUY, in North America, well you hit all three of the sociological lottery numbers so just shut your mouth, live your life, and be nice to people.

Look, I’m an uneducated white boy so I’m not going to pretend to be an expert on race or class struggle. A few years ago, after the Trayvon Martin verdict, Questlove wrote a wonderful op-ed piece that’s stuck with me. If you’re one of those people who think we need some kind of bullshit day to celebrate being fair-skinned, please read the article in full, It will change your mind:

Questlove: Trayvon Martin and I Ain’t Shit