“Why bother researching [history] if we are unwilling to allow ourselves to be surprised, informed and disabused of preconceptions of how a situation [Jefferson and Hemings] must have unfolded?”
My anti-racist friends tell me I just don’t understand, or recognize, the systemic nature of racism. But no culture lives under just one system.
John McWhorter: Today’s consciousness-raising on race is less about helping black people than it is about white people seeking grace.
Rather than focus on the 50,000 or so active hard-core racists truly responsible for horrible acts, we spend our our emotional anergy on that white guilt we seem to enjoy.
…as I’ve researched, thought, and jogged my memory about 1968, I’ve realized that maybe what we’re going through today isn’t so different, and maybe there is ground for hope. So come with me as I re-live some of 1968.
Silence about our differences — cultural and genetic — can be dangerous to your moral and physical health.