White guilt is like a monkey with an Uzi – both hilarious and dangerous. Writing for The New York Times, Jennifer Harvey, a religion professor, asks in her headline, “Are We Raising Racists?” But what she really means is, “Are White People Raising Racists?” Because according to her, we are not all equal. You see, “Parents of black and Latino children have long made thoughtful choices about when and how to engage in difficult and nuanced discussions about difference.”
Oh, okay. I’ll alert La Raza and Crown Heights.
Anyway, rather than give white children the healthy knowledge that in our shared humanity we are so much more alike than different, Ms. Harvey demands we teach white children to FOCUS on skin color:
Right now, then, it’s even more urgent that parents who rely on messages like “we’re all equal” or “we’re all the same underneath our skin” in the hope of teaching our children the values of inclusion, equality and difference significantly up our game. And let’s be frank, it’s parents of white children, like myself, who tend to rely on these sincere, but ineffective, strategies.
The consequences are serious. When we don’t talk honestly with white children about racism, they become more likely to disbelieve or discount their peers when they report experiencing racism. “But we’re all equal” becomes a rote response that actually blocks white children from recognizing or taking seriously racism when they see it or hear about it. This is at best.
The worst part is that she wants to create a Village of the Damned of insufferable tots, who …
recognize racial meanness and understand that white kids have a particular responsibility to challenge racism.