3:00pm April 11, 2012

Eight Things White Parents Should Teach About Black People


Yesterday, I talked about how John Derbyshire’s “advice” to White parents on what to say to their kids about black people was the right idea with the wrong messenger. You can see my column here.

And while Derbyshire’s racist suggestions got him fired from the National Review it doesn’t mean that most White parents out there are doing a particularly good job to talking to thier kids about race.

So, I know you’ve all been waiting patiently to see … drum roll please:

The Talk for White Parents to their White Kids about Black People

In this day and age of Black presidents, a Black First Lady that still makes a White man’s head explode and George Zimmerman killing a defenseless Trayvon Martin in cold blood, you’ll need it.  It will come in handy White people, so read carefully. Don’t just open for emergencies, depending on what’s an emergency to you.  But, this should work for:

1) The first time your kid asks why there’s a Black history month

2) The first time they come to you asking about the word “nigger;” and

3) Just about any other time you’re stumped by a Black/White race issue and don’t know what to say.


Dear White son or daughter [INSERT NAME HERE], here’s what you need to know:

1) Black People and White people are different but that doesn’t mean one is better than the other. Black people look different, often eat different foods, communicate and socialize in ways that may seem strange or odd for you. But just because something is different doesn’t mean it’s bad, or that the way you do things is better. Always remember that.

2) If you don’t know something about Black people ask a lot of them. Your Black friends don’t speak for all Black people. It’s perfectly okay to not know something, because honestly unless you ask every Black person in America you really don’t know. Do you?

3) White People as a group have done terrible things to Blacks in this country – and just because they are black (not to mention Asians, Latinos and American Indians). This is a fact. You may not be personally responsible but you benefit from this fact and therefore have some responsibility. No: you never enslaved anybody, neither did your mother or I, but lots of White people did. Once slavery was over, White people spent about 100 years mistreating Blacks because they couldn’t figure out how to send them all home after that whole nation-building thing. This means that Black people used to get killed just for trying to vote, weren’t allowed to live where they wanted to, and even today some White people refuse to hire Blacks just because they are black. And while those types of things are illegal, people still do it. You benefit from this. So before you ever judge a Black person remember that other White people worked for centuries to make sure you’d be okay and Black people would stay poor.

4) Saying “nigger” is the same thing as saying “bitch.” Even though you may hear it in music, or with your friends at school you know perfectly well that you shouldn’t use that word regardless of who is in earshot. And really, why is it so important to use it anyway?

5) Always remember there is a difference between a Black neighborhood, a bad neighborhood and a poor neighborhood. Just because an area has lots of Black people doesn’t mean they’re poor or that there’s lots of crime. There are plenty of places where black people live that are nicer than our neighborhood. You should avoid any group of people that seem dangerous because of their behavior or activities, whether that’s in a trailer park or an inner city ghetto. You can get robbed by anybody.

6) No matter who your sister/brother has dated, or what your friends have told you, or how many episodes of Chappelle Show you’ve watched you do not KNOW Black people. Who or what you listen to, read, or sleep with does not make you Black. Acting like you know everything about Black people because you have some Black friends or enjoy rap music is ignorant.

7) Black people are not pets, so don’t touch them without permission, or change your voice when you’re around them, or worse: automatically try to set them up with any Black person you know. This never works out. If you’re curious about their hair just ask, you’d be amazed at some of the stuff Black folks hear all day.

8) And finally: the best way to get along with Black people is to not be oblivious. Nothing annoys Black people more than White people who pretend racism doesn’t exist and then proclaim ignorance in the face of overwhelming evidence. Just because you don’t see it, or don’t want to see it, doesn’t mean Black people are paranoid or making things up. If you think about lesson 3 you should be good on this.

I know this talk has made you uncomfortable, but your mother/father and I believe that it’s better for you to hear this at home than learning about it on the streets or from your friends. Now go out to the park and make some Black friends! But just promise me you won’t cut through those trailer parks. I heard those people are all single moms and sell crystal meth.

DR. JASON JOHNSONPolitic365 Chief Political Correspondent, is a professor of Political Science at Hiram College in Ohio and author of the book Political Consultants and Campaigns: One Day to Sell. You can read more at www.drjasonjohnson.com or follow him on Twitter @Drjasonjohnson

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  2. Michael Taylor

    I love how you forgot to include that black people are every bit as racist as any other ethnic group (that is a fact). Also, that black people promoted the very slavery system that led them to America (another fact) and still enslave their own people today in regions of the West Africa (again, another fact). What white people need to know about black people is that they are as guilty of every shortcoming as any other human being but in America, black people are stunningly warped. Black Americans make up less than 14% of the entire U.S. population and yet contribute to large portions of its social ills. Of course, black people always say this is all whitey fault, both you are far to intelligent to know that is true. See black people can’t have it both ways; you can’t say how strong, independent, and progressive your ethnic group actually is when you have to quote the color of your skin or your victimization at every turn. Here endth the lesson for the day.

  3. PLLLLL!!!

    It’s decided. ALL negroes cause ALL problems.

    NAACP=negroes are always causing problems.

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  5. Spliffst4rr

    All of this is bullshit and an attempt to make everyone politically correct. I’m sorry, but I will be teaching my future children the opposite. I’ll teach my child who the true racists of today’s society are. It’s been how many years since slavery was abolished? However it’s the “trump card” for any black person in any argument with a white person. They find no shame in bringing up white people as being racist and horrible for enslaving black people years and years and years ago, despite black people in Africa still enslave their own people today.

    This is disgusting. There will never be equality between the two ethnicities as long as the black community continue to prove stereotypes correct, which they do.

    Am I racist? Hell no. I’ve got black friends. However, the issue remains that black people continue to put themselves in the position that they are in. Nobody goes and tells black teenagers to go out and join gangs and be gang banging criminals. They choose that on their own.

    They’re their own worst enemies.

    • Anonymous

      Whether your blue,yellow,pink,green orange or whatever everyone is equal in gods eyes.Thats whats wrong with the world today..people care to much about a group of color or whether someone is doing this or that,The only thing you are to worry about is doing what you need to do to make it in life.Every race has its issues and tends to blame other races for personal opinions and so on but sitting here and ranting about how much the african american race has done wrong is not something that should exist because if your going to talk about one race why not about all of the others including the one you are categorized to.
      No races will never be equal to humans perspective if your mind is fucked up like that but to me i see every race as being equal.There are black theives,white theives,black killers,white killers and other races aswell.It doesnt matter whether a race does it more than the other because all races still fucking do it.Thats like saying you broke something but you tell your parents or whoever that your brother broke it the first time before it was replaced.The person who replaced it wouldnt give 2 fucks because they still know you broke it.Thats exactly how we need to look at races and whether you like a specific race or not African americans and al other races will be here till the day you get put 6 fucking feet under,Now think about that before you judge another book by its cover regarding any fucking race thats walks among the earth.Yours truly, Anonymous

    • fuck racist

      First of all, blacks are not the only ones in gangs smart one. Hispanics and other minorites are also in gangs. Wonder why a lot of them turn to gangs and violence? No matter how proper or polite they are, if their constantly trying to get a job and have white or any other competition that’s not black, most of the time they aren’t going to get that job. Our own worst enemies? They are many times that Blacks tried made it in life where the whites ended up destroying everything. Don’t believe me, research the Black Wall Street. Whites were angry that the blacks were doing better than them and decided to bomb it.

      And nobody is telling white teenagers to choke themselves to get high, or other stupid crap like that. No one is telling white teenagers to try to emulate the so called nasty black culture yet they do it everyday.

      Get over yourself whitey

    • alison


      Ohhhh Well done!

      Just wondering if you noticed that you to stereotyped a people though suggesting a whole people do the stereotyping!!

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  7. lasonya

    I’m black ok and not racist. I believe that it is not so much that my race was enslaved by the Caucasian race but more to do with how we were treated. Who think it is humane to watch another person be burned alive, get dragged up and down the street until their body parts begins to fall off, etc.? I would not want to see that, however, the Caucasian race would drink and celebrate while watching this. WTF…… sick. This is what bothers me. But if all Caucasians were the same, we wouldn’t be where we are, as a race today. So, thank GOD. I agree that we are in a better position to be prosperous but most of us do not take advantage of this because of ignorance. For sure my race steal, kill, commit all kinds of violence but other races as well. Let’s not talk about school shootings, serial killers, etc..

  8. Whiteperson

    Best thing you can do is just avoid angry/poor black people. That’s what every race does, even black, once they make it above poverty. White flight isn’t just for white people. I hope you stew in your anger and resentment, because no one cares. Out of sight – out of mind.

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    I’m sorry but there have been other ethnicity in slavery so stop throwing a pity party for the African American because for me being black isn’t as everyone is making it. Grow up we were never in slavery, our ancestor were.

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    Hey you racist’s, negros are always causing problems? Really? This is 2014 equality is the word. Whites are just as evil as blacks? When was the last time you heard of a black shooting up a school of children? Or a movie theater? Im from colorado and every other day on the news is some white guy shooting innocent people. We are all equal. We are all capable of greatness, and all capable of evil. We were all created by God. If we never know peace we can never know love. In addition to all you racist white supremacist’s hiding behind your computers, how about you spew some of your poison to a real American face. You wont do shit. Learn to grow up and not hide behind the computer . Obama may have been the first black president, but he will not be the last.

  14. mark

    Here’s 8 things White parents should teach their children about Blacks:

    1. Blacks are 14% of the US population yet commit more violent crime than every other race combined.
    2. There are more Black men in prison now than there were slaves in 1850.
    3. Between 1965-1975 58,000 Americans were killed in Vietnam. Every year in America Blacks murder between 8000-10,000 of their fellow Negroes. Without tanks, artillery, aircraft etc. Blacks manage to kill more people in a ten year stretch than a standing army.
    4. Every city, neighborhood or nation where Blacks inhabit in the majority is in total chaos and devastation.
    5. Keep out of all Black neighborhoods lest you become an easy victim of Black crime.
    6. There has never been a Black Nobel prize laureate in any of the hard sciences ever!
    7. Of all the magnificent pieces of architecture, art, musical compositions, scientific discoveries, medical discoveries not a single one can be attributed to the Black race.
    8. The Red Cross, St Judes, Salvation Army, Christian Childrens fund, Doctors without Borders, and a thousand others……Blacks are always on recieving end and never on the giving. Blacks, including Black celebrities have NEVER created a single organization to help mankind. None. Not a one!

    • Larry Miller

      You can’t pick up a newspaper without reading something negative about the black race. This goes on day in, day out, year in, year out, and has been going on since the days of slavery ended. I rest my case. Just who is the troublemaker., the anglo or the black?

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    1) Black People and White people are different. White people are absolutely better than blacks. We take care of our neighborhoods and don’t commit violent crime in overwhelmingly disproportionate instances. The statistics don’t lie.

    2) You aren’t all that complex.

    3) Black people commit atrocious acts against whites every day. White Americans have not benefited from historical racism. In fact America is suffering terribly from the mistake it made by bringing boat loads of blacks to its shores.

    4) Black music where the word “nigger” is heard is black music. I agree. It’s not OK.

    5) I’ve never seen a black neighborhood that didn’t suffer from a high crime rate. I’ve lived in many metropolitan areas throughout America and I’ve worked as a real estate professional. I am certain that there aren’t areas where black people live that are nicer than my neighborbood. I agree that one can get robbed by anybody. However, the chances of being victimized by a black assailant are statistically much higher.

    6) Again, you’re not all that complex.

    7) I already warn my children of the dangers of touching strange animals.

    8) I wholeheartedly agree that it is not wise to be oblivious when in the presence of blacks.

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  35. jack

    That’s not what my family is taught nice propaganda peice though. There is a reason why white flight is a popular trend in America becuse back people are 1. Inferior 2. Ignorant 3. Raceists and destroy community. I have nothing to do with black people I don’t talk to you and if you try to be my friend I shun you. The only thing black people are somewhat good for is dieing in the military and working low level jobs if they work at all. We are not equal many raceses surpass you you are lower then animals you are scum human shit. Just thought I should spread the truth.

  36. Joe Dirt

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    Now throw blacks into the mix. Black and asian ” Drama” Black and Hispanic ” Drama ” Black and White ” Major Drama” I wonder…….hum what is the common Denominator. O and Lastly Black and Black………
    LOL Major Major Drama. Ever heard of the term papersack brown. Thats when two blacks are in a debate it might get heated untill the darker of the two will blow up and says ” Just because your lighter then me dont make you smarter “

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