It is, however, ridiculous.
Do you ever wonder why the New York Times is laying off people like crazy?
It’s because of crap like this.
The formerly well-respected newspaper has tossed their reputation for actual journalism aside and decided to attempt to cash in on the Social Justice issues of the day.
Take this column written by Greg Howard, NYT writer, that has decided to air his grievance of the persecution of the black man walking on the sidewalk with white women.
In his rant, he says that only white women don’t move aside for him.
In seven years of living and walking here, I’ve found that most people walk courteously — but that white women, at least when I’m in their path, do not.
Sometimes they’re buried in their phones. Other times, they’re in pairs and groups, and in conversation. But often, they’re looking ahead, through me, if not quite at me. When white women are in my path, they almost always continue straight, forcing me to one side without changing their course. This happens several times a day; and a couple of times a week, white women force me off the sidewalk completely. In these instances, when I’m standing in the street or in the dirt as a white woman strides past, broad-shouldered and blissful, I turn furious.
Bro, maybe you should move.
Instead of complaining about ‘white woman walking privilege’, maybe you could be a gentleman and move aside. It would be the courteous thing to do.
Or did your mama not raise you right?
I turn furious because in these instances I feel small. I always get out of the way, because I was taught at a young age not to bodycheck random people. But I also get out of the way because, as a black man, I’ve learned that bodychecking, bumping or even rubbing against a random white woman can be personally hazardous. So I acknowledge other pedestrians, and reroute. White men and all people of color do the same to me. They offer some form of acknowledgment that we are in each other’s path, that I am there at all.
So, white women enrage him?
Because the big, bad white women make him feel small.
Dude has some real issues here, don’t you think?
Why only and specifically white women? Do they refuse to acknowledge me because they’ve been taught that they should fear black men, and that any acknowledgment of black men can invite danger? Do they refuse to acknowledge me because to alter their route would be to show their fear? Do they not see me? Can they not see me?
Maybe they don’t think you’re a threat. Ever consider that?
Perhaps the fact that they’re not moving out of the way when a black man on the streets of New York City walks past them debunks that whole stereotype that all white people are ‘taught to fear black men’.
Or is it that you want them to be overtly racist?
Seems to me that these ‘white women’ are damned if they do and damned if they don’t.
If they move aside quickly and hold onto their purse, Howard would be writing about the overt racism of the women fearing black men.
But now that they’re not doing that, it’s racism to push him out of his space on the sidewalk?
Why haven’t I ever just walked headlong into a rude white woman? What lessons tug at me, force me off the sidewalk, tell me that my personal space is not necessarily mine? Because explicit in every white woman’s decision not to get out of my way is the expectation that I’ll get out of theirs.
Is that misogyny?
Or just plain, old fashioned manners?
I’d like to think it was the latter. Perhaps your Mama did raise you right.
Whenever I ask white women I know why they don’t reroute for black men, they invariably express ignorance. Whenever that happens, another question always arises: Wait, am I crazy? But then I ask black men. Invariably, they know what I’m talking about.
A couple of weeks ago, I asked an Asian friend if he had the same experience of white women not getting out of his way. He said no. For whatever reason, white women see him just fine.
Source: New York Times
This is the New York Times, folks.
I’m not really sure what the ‘white women’ are supposed to do in Howard’s world.
Should they move aside for a black man and be submissive to his ownership of the sidewalk?
Sounds sexist, if you ask me.
Should they clutch their purses and run without making eye contact?
He’d complain that was racism.
Perhaps the problem isn’t with the ‘white women’.
Maybe it’s Howard himself.
Looking for examples of ‘racism’ like this is simply petty and reading into things that really aren’t there.
This is a prime example of a ‘microaggression’.
This bro is angry because of the behavior of women that he perceives as racist. Women that he doesn’t know personally.
This is not how we build race relations, people.
We had a ‘post-racial’ President that was supposed to end all this crap, and instead, we now have Times ‘reporters’ hunting for microaggressions on New York streets.
This doesn’t help.
By the way, Greg, anything that can be categorized as a ‘microaggression’ should really just be ignored and move on.
You know, like adults do.
Here’s a handy guide to life in 2017 that will help you.
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