Jay, thanks for giving my essay a read. I couldn’t agree with you more in that people of all colors can write about anything they want, they just have to be prepared for the fallout from what they write. Fallout, that’s a-whole-nother topic worthy of discussion for another day.
As Black man who has experienced racism just about every which way to Sunday, not mention having family members, friends, and associates who can’t escape racism at will, I don’t need to read the work of an “intelligent racist.” Black people are currently steeped in the manifestations of their crafty and nuanced machinations. And there’s no reprieve in sight.
Why would BIPOC have any need to read racist missives, when we can experience bald-faced racism at will, heck even against our will. From my point of view, there is no justification that makes the denigration of another human being acceptable. Personally, I could care less how nuanced or thoughtful the piece—hate is hate. And racists have had too much of a say and influence as it is.
That’s where we differ in opinion.
It’s one thing to live a life where one can dip into the racist well at will, but it’s quite another for me to live in a world brimming with racist experiences directed at me (and people who look like me). I think you understand the thrust of my piece: if one has something constructive to add to the conversation in terms of moving society to a more egalitarian state, one that benefits all people—great, I encourage them to write, and to write often, with passion. As for whatabout-ists and contrarians—thank you, no. I, for one, won’t be listening. That’s not policing, that’s agency.
Thanks again for time.