SLY B and I talk a lot about how it is not the responsibility of people of color to educate whites on race (and not women’s responsibility to educate men on sex and gender, and not the poor’s responsibility to educate the rich on class, and not queers’ responsibility to educate straights on issues of . . . you get the idea). For example, say you have a small department within a University. Let’s pretend that this totally fake engineering department only has three staff members, two of whom are straight white guys we’ll call PHB and Wally, and one of whom is a dyke and a person of color we’ll call Gertrude. It is not up to Gertrude to help PHB and Wally become decent human beings. It’s just not her job. Why would her lady parts, her desire, her color, and her life experience mandate that she help these fools “understand” people who are different from them? Think about that for a minute . . .
The fact that I just wrote out that paragraph pisses me off. The fact that it’s not obscene that whites get the option to seek understanding about these strange Others that are out there and just different from us enrages me. Can we talk again about why Robert Jensen should not be using the term “non-white”? GRR.
By now everyone who is paying attention has heard about Don Imus’ revolting statements about the