“The choice rifle for years has been some variant of what civilians are sold as an AR-15. Whether it was an M-4 or an M-16 matters little. The function is the same, and so is the purpose. These are not deer rifles. They are not target rifles. They are people killing rifles. Let’s stop pretending they’re not.”
Someone pinch me.
“THIS piece alleges that mixed kids exercise some sort of white privilege by virtue of having a white parent. I think this entire premise is flawed; it is ENTIRELY circumstantial. She’s somehow conflating colorism with proximity to whiteness, and they’re two entirely different things.
You can be light-skinned with two black parents and receive the same benefits from lightness as a person who is mixed. And what if you’re a dark-skinned mixed person—somebody whose background is entirely impossible to tell from skin tone—and receive no “benefits”? Then what? Do you still have some white privilege because of your white parent? Like, do they need to show up to prove it? Maybe you just can’t use it in person, only on paper?”
Black with (some) White Privilege
My favorite snippet:
“The writer and activist Rebecca Walker (1969) told “The Loving Generation” director Lacey Schwartz last month that she believes biracial and mixed-race fluidity has led to significant cultural and political contributions. “Our ability to see things from so many different perspectives has really been a boon for this culture,” she said. She wonders, however, what the return is — that is, where do we go from here?
I wonder this too, and how — or if — “off-white adjacency” can be talked about in a way that acknowledges the experiences of those in my generation without seeming to mythologize or aggrandize them. I want to be able to celebrate the fact that the interracial marriages in which we were created represent a blow to legalized racism, and still grapple with the ways in which anti-black bias may have benefited us.”
Love this. Thanks as for sharing JannaMorton. My favorite line in this segment is the notion of “claiming biracial to be white adjacent.”