The 10-second clip was as shocking as it was disgusting. Members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at the University of Oklahoma gleefully chanted the N-word in a racist song that alluded to lynching. Coming the day after President Obama marked the 50th anniversary of the bloody march from Selma to Montgomery with a powerful speech on our nation and race, the video was especially jarring.Needless to say, Levi Pettit is not forgiven; his apology isn't even worth the usual Toilet Paper title, yet damn near every mainstream blog and news outlet is branding him so sort of hero. In fact, the above quote comes from a post literally titled, "Accept Levi Pettit's apology for racist fraternity chant".
But yesterday, one of the two expelled university students did something extraordinary. Flanked by African American leaders and clergy from Oklahoma City he met with before his nationally televised mea culpa, 20-year-old Levi Pettit apologized without equivocation and asked forgiveness with a humility far too many fail to muster. (Source)
Nice commanding little tone he's going on there, don't you think? Hell, the Dallas News even has a post up entitled "Forgiving Levi Pettit is a sign of power, not weakness." It's like the message is, "Forgive Levi Pettit...or else."
Well, allow me to retort: No. I do not accept Levi's apology. Levi Pettit is just another self-serving racist simply giving yet another display of his white privilege. This little show he had the luxury of putting on has nothing to do with people of color and everything to do with obtaining white absolution.
Let's go back to the basics, shall we? White racists Do Not Care about POC - that's the whole point. Our thoughts and feelings are irrelevant to them; they don't even believe we can think or feel. Their sense of superiority - however fragile - assures them they do not have to answer to anyone but one another (if even that), so you can imagine where appealing to us for forgiveness ranks.
So when Levi Pettit makes his grand little apology whilst surrounded by dutiful Negroes, the only thing on his mind is getting his life back so he continue his education and find a good job some day. And white-run mainstream media can't kiss his ass fast enough. Only the independent sites seem capable of keeping it real.
And speaking of the dutiful Negroes standing with Pettit in word and in person...you need to grow up. This is not the 1960s and the old methods will not work here. You're dealing with a new breed of racist sociopaths, and you are simply not the most qualified people to handle them. They have adapted. You cannot love this enemy; song and prayer will not help you overcome.
You have to adopt an entirely different attitude with these people.
Case in point.