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This creates a culture in which white people assume that niceness Black friends have often told me that they prefer open hostility to niceness. 7 things black people want their well-meaning white friends to know. "woke" friend and ally, here are some things your black friend wants you. To all of my Black or mixed race FB friends, I must profess a blissful ignorance of If I am to understand this, I need people I know personally to show me how I'm and want to put quotes around, but it's a real thing too, just like white privilege.

Most white people live segregated lives and in fact have no lasting cross-racial relationships. We are in the position to choose segregation and often do. The claims of non-racism that we make are therefore based on the most superficial of shared experiences: Note that our cursory friendliness does not come without strings.

Consider White man who wants a black friend case of a white California woman who called the police this past May when a group of black Airbnb guests did not return her smile. This woman, like all the other white people who have called the police on people of color for non-existent offenses, vigorously denied she was racist. After all, she did smile and wave before reporting them. The act is meant to convey acceptance and approval while maintaining moral integrity, but actually conveys white racial anxiety.

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Over-smiling allows us to mask an anti-blackness that is foundational to our very existence as white. A fleeting benevolence, of course, has no relation to how black people are actually Wite in white spaces.

Black friends have often told me that they prefer open hostility to niceness. They understand open hostility and can protect themselves as needed. But the deception of niceness adds a confusing layer that makes it difficult for people of color to decipher trustworthy allyship from disingenuous white liberalism.

Gaslighting ensues. The default of the current system is the reproduction sants racial inequality. To continue reproducing racial inequality, the system only needs for white people to be really nice and carry on — to smile at people of color, to go to lunch with them on occasion.

To be clear, being nice is generally a Wuite policy than being mean. But niceness does not bring racism to the table and will not keep it on the table when so many of us who are white want it off. Niceness does not break with white solidarity and white silence.

In fact, naming racism is often seen as not nice, triggering white fragility. We can begin by acknowledging ourselves as racial beings with a particular and limited perspective on race.

We can attempt to understand the racial realities of people of color through authentic interaction rather than through the media or through unequal relationships. We can insist that racism be discussed in our workplaces and a professed commitment to Whte equity be demonstrated by actual outcomes.

We can get involved in organizations working for racial justice. These efforts require that we continually challenge our own socialization and investments in racism and put what we profess Eants value into the actual practice of our lives. This takes courage, and niceness without strategic and intentional anti-racist action is not courageous.

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Tech Innovate Gadget Mission: Facebook Twitter Instagram. Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. Marissa Calhoun. I was raised bladk a predominantly black suburb outside Washington.

Going away to Bucknell University -- a small White man who wants a black friend arts college with a mostly white student body -- was a complete culture shock. For the bkack time, I had to navigate relationships with people of different backgrounds. This was also true for some of my white classmates who before meeting me had never interacted much with people of color. At times, my awareness of all of this made me feel like I didn't fit in.


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This often meant shrinking or adapting my own perspective, especially when the conversation was about race. This White man who wants a black friend worked for me for a long time, even after I graduated, until one day I just couldn't do it anymore.

Between last year's protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the ongoing criminalization of blackness evidenced by the growing number of whileblack incidents being reported across the United States, it's clear to see in the most painful terms that inequality in America is alive wantx well.

Why today's everyday hate feels different to me. As a journalist, I'm often confronted with the ways race defines how we see and treat one another as human beings.

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As a black woman, I've come to see speaking up about race in my personal relationships as a moral imperative. A good friend and I were recently discussing white privilege. On paper, we have a lot in common. Friebd both millennial women living and working in New York.

We're both well-educated and come from big nuclear families.

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Typically, in the past, talking about race has been no big deal for us. We'd gone so far as to joke about whose grandparents would make the most racially insensitive comment if either of us came over to the other's house for Sunday dinner. But this time, while talking about white privilege, things got weird when in mid-discussion my friend blurted out: How can I fix racism if I didn't cause it -- and, should I even have to?

I was shocked. Her questions were indeed legitimate, though I'll admit they gave me pause.

Probably because I couldn't help but think that lurking somewhere behind her words was the notion that racism wasn't her problem. I knew then I had to stop playing it safe in conversations with my white friends about race. Why American-made fascism puts democracy at risk. I told her I hadn't created the problem of race either.

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I also described how Wgite in America has had real, negative implications on my life and the lives of people I love. Then I said that she and every other white person in America who wants to end racism should commit to pursuing equality for the people they love -- White man who wants a black friend when they don't look like them.

She replied she was aware that racism existed, and of course she cared about me, but explained that she saw few tangible ways she could make a difference.

She added that the guilt of acknowledging and addressing white privilege often White man who wants a black friend heavy and confusing.

What she said helped me understand what she and other white people may be feeling at a time when so much racialized rhetoric is swirling around in the public consciousness. And it made me realize that in some ways, I could relate. More Videos