White People and Getting Away with Shit

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  • Timothy Goodman

    To the author:

    Hello, Timothy Goodman here 🙂

    I find it alarming that you would compare some of the things I said to the cartoonist who snuck in watermelon flavored toothpaste in an Obama cartoon. That is not “getting away with shit” as I had defined it. That is racism in my eyes. Seems irresponsible on your part.

    As for my statistics, there’s this:

    http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2013/jul/29/don-lemon/cnns-don-lemon-says-more-72-percent-african-americ/

    and this:

    http://www.nbcnews.com/id/39993685/ns/health-womens_health/t/blacks-struggle-percent-unwed-mothers-rate/#.VGZq7L4wsUU

    As for my use of “urban,” I meant that as in “street” or “city” or “metropolitan” yes. Pharrell’s clothing represents that, no? That is not just a black thing, I would consider a group of white Venice Beach skateboarders “urban” too. Would it had been better to say “streetware” or “hip hop”? I mean really, what is the correct word to say for something like the Magic Tradeshow in Las Vegas where I did the mural? I’d love to know for the future.

    And I believe you’re selling yourself way short if you think you need to reach Oprah level to “get away with stuff.” As I said in my talk, getting away with stuff is doing that project on the side, or writing, or being diligent towards getting something you want, or starting that blog, or anything that makes you creatively stimulated and frees you from what you think you “should be doing.” Obviously if I’m being asked to speak, it’s because I’ve gotten to a certain point in my career, and I’m not denying that it’s not easier for me than it is for a Black American, but that certainly isn’t the ONLY reason I’ve gotten to where I’m at. I find it quite funny that you would think that, as if all the white people you know or have come in contact with are all making their dreams come true. Because I don’t know many myself.

    And I do feel that I’m sensitive to the struggle of Black American’s since I grew up in an all black neighborhood until I was 13, and I still have many black friends (many of whom, btw, do not know their fathers.) However, I do NOT think that just because I have experience with a lot of black folks makes me share their hardships. I understand the privileges of being a white male, I cannot deny that. So I apologize if you consider me a “naïve white people,” but I do feel you have been a bit irresponsible with the way you’ve portrayed me here.

    I certainly with you all the best.

    Tim

    • polly pence

      Tim, its honourable that you are defending yourself here, but its so expected. This is like the typical “i didnt mean it like that” argument shot fourth by the white “victim”. Thats probably the way your comment is viewed. Your making the same arguments as all privileged people do. 1. the im not so different from you argument 2. I understand black people because: (insert reason here) 3. its all down to semantics argument. I think the most commonly used one is similar to what you said above: “since I grew up in an all black neighborhood until I was 13, and I still have many black friends”.
      And perhaps the reason the author is thinking along the lines she is is because of your reference to the percentage of “black folk” as you stated it who grew up with out daddy….and then follow with references to outreach and “urban” projects. It all streamlines in to : HEY IM TALKING ABOUT BLACK PEOPLE HERE.
      And the whole “un wed” black mothers thing…WHY even mention that AT ALL in any speech? Its irrelevant and not a point of pity really in the age of gender equality. Its only a point because Americas “values” are focused around dated religious precepts, where “un-wed” is a point of shame and weakness. Mostly white Iceland has the worlds highest rate of “unwed” mothers…and also ranks as the most gender equal country in the world. So what does that say? Whats the argument there? Should we pity the all white unwed mothers of Iceland or bring that up as a point in a speech? No, its irrelevant and I strongly suggest you never again include that statistic as a point for “lets make a change, the black community is struggling” in one of your talks again. We have to break out of this pattern of thinking and globalize our minds a bit more id say.
      Anyways Tim, When your white, you must be completely and utterly on point when it comes to discussing “black issues” or describing “black” things or projects or whatever it may be. Until America grows up, equality is achieved, and everyone sis as true equals, you cant explaine your way out of it.

  • Mary Burrell

    Hmmm…..

  • Mary Burrell

    Typical white people response when black people call them out on their bald headed games.