If you missed Sunday’s op-ed from the New York Times titled “Can My Children Be Friends With White People?,” well…prepare yourself.
“As against our gauzy national hopes, I will teach my boys to have profound doubts that friendship with white people is possible,” he argues. “When they ask, I will teach my sons that their beautiful hue is a fault line. Spare me platitudes of how we are all the same on the inside. I first have to keep my boys safe, and so I will teach them before the world shows them this particular brand of rending, violent, often fatal betrayal.”
“Of course, the rise of this president has broken bonds on all sides. But for people of color the stakes are different. Imagining we can now be friends across this political line is asking us to ignore our safety and that of our children, to abandon personal regard and self-worth,” he writes.
“Only white people can cordon off Mr. Trump’s political meaning, ignore the “unpleasantness” from a position of safety. His election and the year that has followed have fixed the awful thought in my mind too familiar to black Americans: ‘You can’t trust these people.”
Although the tone of the article conforms to this pessimistic attitude throughout its majority, toward the end, Yankah discloses that he has still lots of white friends and that his biracial wife passes as Caucasian, which only undermines the point he’s trying to make in the article.
In other words, nothing to see here. Move along. Just another (failed) attempt by a liberal college professor to rile up the Times‘ liberal audience with a bogus notion of white-shaming.