Contemplating "White American Individuality"
Whether you prefer to call it "whitespeech" or "sloganspeak", we've all become intimately familiar with white American lines. We hear and read them all the time. It's like they're following a script that gets updated every few years and is routinely issued through the White Chamber.
And while 99.999% of the white people you meet/read all say these things, 100% insist they are unconditioned individuals. When you stop to think about it, it's pretty funny.
I'll start, and you add the ones I miss.
"I'm not a racist, but...."The Up and Coming
"I don't mean to sound racist/prejudiced, but..."
"My ancestors never own slaves."
"You can't judge the people of that time."
"Martin Luther King, Jr. said [insert MLK quote from before 1963]."
"In my heart, I know I am not a racist."
"...playing the race card..."
"I have [insert POC] friends."
"I apologize if anyone was hurt or offended by my statements. That was not my intention."
"Slavery, racism, and segregation are in the past. We shouldn't talk about them anymore. Talking about racism is what keeps it alive."
"...Freedom of Speech..."And last but not least, a personal favorite of mine:
"...Diversity of Opinion..."
"Just because it's an unfortunate and inconvenient truth, doesn't make it any less true."
"I just find [insert TV/film interracial/POC couple] inauthentic."
"I just don't think [insert TV/film interracial/POC couple] have any chemistry."
"I'm not racist; I just think [insert female character of color] is boring/bitchy/doesn't belong."
"My ancestors died for this (Confuckerate) flag."
"We live in a post-racial society."
"We need to help black people reclaim the word 'nigga.'"
"We (white people) are just as qualified to speak about racism as people of color."
Any hipster racism joke.
"Political correctness is running amok."
"...my own country..."
"Just because I express a personal opinion/preference doesn't make me racist."
"I'm white; I can't help it."
"Do you see me as a racist? Or as a white female who loves black males?"
Oh, wait...that's the Borg.
Anyhoo, you catch my drift.