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White Women Are Racist Because of the Way They Walk on Sidewalks

This is a case of damned if they do and damned if they don’t.

A New York Times reporter penned an essay that accuses white women of being racist because they don’t get out of his way on city sidewalks.

Of course, they’d also be racist if they went out of their way to avoid him.

It sounds as if the reporter, Greg Howard, is racist confused.

The Hill:

In a Wednesday essay titled “Was That Racist,” reporter Greg Howard singled out white women for forcing him “off the sidewalk completely” when walking toward him, not allowing a straight path.

“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,” Howard writes.

“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,” he continues.

“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,” Howard said.

“After these encounters, I’m always left with questions. 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?” he asks later in the essay.

This is unique. The women show fear by not showing fear. Whoda thunk it?

Twitter was made for this:

https://twitter.com/SenAl_Franken/status/888187765208354816

The beauty of Howard’s logic is that it is impossible to avoid being a racist. If women move out of the way, they are obviously racist. If they don’t, they’re obviously racist. It’s not possible to prove either theory. But in the world of the racialist, “proof” isn’t necessary. Racism is whatever the hell the “morally privileged” individual decides it is. There is no rational argument that can be made to counter this hogswallow, which, of course, is the point. You aren’t supposed to be able to argue. You are supposed to shut up and be ashamed of being white.

I never thought it would be possible, but the power of the word “racist” to shame whomever it is applied to has lessened considerably in my lifetime. Being referred to as a “racist” by a black person a couple of decades ago marked one as outside the boundaries of decent society. It was the mark of Cain and was nearly impossible to get rid of.

But after eight years of being called a “racist” just because one disagrees with a black president, or because racialists discovered it was a quick way to shut off debate, or because, like Mr. Howard believes, it gets the accuser attention, the word has lost most of its meaning as well as its ability to injure.