Friday, October 23, 2020

Candidates asked about The Talk

From last night's debate:
All right. Let’s talk about our next section, which is race in America. And I want to talk about the way Black and Brown Americans experience race in this country. Part of that experience is something called the talk. It happens regardless of class and income, parents who feel they have no choice, but to prepare their children for the chance that they could be targeted, including by the police, for no reason other than the color of their skin. Mr. Vice President, in the next two minutes, I want you to speak directly to these families. Do you understand why these parents fear for their children?
Yes, regardless of class and income, White parents have to tell their kids that Black and Brown people will hate them for their skin color. And that Whites are not safe in a lot of Black and Brown neighborhoods. That Black men rape White girls, but White men do not rape Black girls. That Blacks commit murder and other violent crimes at far higher rates than Whites.

White and Black parents have to teach their kids to be polite to police officers. They explain that it is foolish to violently resist arrest, or to otherwise attack an armed police officer. That is a way to get killed.

White parents take this advice even farther, and teach their kids to be polite and respectful to everyone. And not to violently attack someone who is just doing his job, whether a police officer or not.

Here is a non-black version of the talk.

PBS TV broadcast some race-related advice, An essay on the importance of interracial friendships. I am afraid we are going to be subjected to more of this, from our Black overloads. The rant was from a Black woman, telling White people that they ought to all go out and get Black friends. Not only that, but she was full of opinions about what Blacks wants out of the friendship, and what Whites should be discussing and not discussing with Blacks. The more she talked, the more I didn't want to have anything to do with her. And yes, I would have disliked a White woman with her attitudes, altho it is hard to imagine a White woman with such screwed-up views.

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