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Eight Things White Parents Should Teach About Black People

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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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    • Dwayne Jenkins

      This author is an idiot.
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  2. Very good post. I am going through some of these issues as well..


  3. McKinley

    Jason, those things are just hilarious: you’re trying to separate the white shame, while pretending you are not.

    Here are the four things my kid will learn about black people:

    1. Race never matters. Asshole is an asshole disregarding color.
    2. Everyone saying “nigger” IS an asshole. Regardless to race.
    3. Whoever tries to make you ashamed of being white deserves a nice can of whoop-ass. If you try to shame someone of their race, you deserve some beating, too.
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  10. jc

    There are plenty of blacks that get along well in this country. There are plenty of blacks that make more money than most on this site. I am one that was born in this country and that makes it my country rather you like it or not. Many on this site keep saying most blacks when in reality they may only know 2or 3. Some whites are angry at that. Some whites and not all of very jealous of successful black people. What do you all on this site thing about all the black between that have fought and died for this country and for your rights and freedom? Just wanted to know. Anyone


  11. Fancy

    Like football players basketball players, baseball players, just some that make more money than most on this site. Your right JC.
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  12. Lance Crass

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  13. Lance Crass

    Jealous eh? Of you? Kizzy you coudn’t pay me a billion dollars to be black. But I’ll bet, if you were truly honest, you would pay to be turned white. Michael Jackson had a billion dollars and he still bleached himself. Why is it that as soon as a Shine gets some money, the first thing he wants is a white woman. Look a Tiger Woods. He had 20. I think it’s because you sheboons are nasty.


  14. Lance Crass

    Jealous eh? Of you? Kizzy you coudn’t pay me a billion dollars to be black. But I’ll bet, if you were truly honest, you would pay to be turned white. Michael Jackson had a billion dollars and he still bleached himself. Why is it that as soon as a Shine gets some money, the first thing he wants is a white woman. Look a Tiger Woods. He had 20. I think it’s because you black females are nasty.


  15. Lance Crass

    Jealous eh? Of you? Kizzy you coudn’t pay me a billion dollars to be black. But I’ll bet, if you were truly honest, you would pay to be turned white. Michael Jackson had a billion dollars and he still bleached himself. Why is it that as soon as a Shine gets some money, the first thing he wants is a white woman?


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  17. Lance Crass

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  18. NeRO

    You are or were a slave? You make no sense lol. Black’s are silly. I plan to teach my kids to stay away from black and white supremacists like yourselves. You were most likely never whipped. I don’t care about the past at all. I just want you to know that the hate for whites that you have will most likely consume you. And I hope it does.


  19. Kieran

    LOOOOOOL OH PLEASE.


  20. A.B.

    You are really horrible.


  21. John Smith

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  23. Dan McCann

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  24. Tyrone your fucked up with that attitude you won’t live long.There is trash on here black and white.A 56 yr old white man speaking here.


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