Don’t worry, White people. It’s not your fault that you are racists and that New Hampshire, like the nation, is rife with “systemic racism.” You just don’t know any better. You have “an overly simplistic and inaccurate view of racism.”
You can’t help it. You are White, after all.
So wrote Brentwood resident Jennifer Jones in an “Another View” piece on these pages last Friday.
Dr. Jones quoted those sociological experts, Ben and Jerry, in her piece. The two ice cream gurus explain that racism “is about everyday decisions made by people who may not even think of themselves as racist.”
They, and Dr. Jones, know better. Her neighbors “are fundamentally decent people who are feeling defensive, hurt, and offended at being labeled ‘racist.’ and being told that they have ‘White privilege.’” She is sorry for them. When they claim systemic racism is a myth, they are “being fundamentally racist.” Wonder what she makes of African Americans who feel the same way.
Dr. Jones was writing about the dustup over an opinion piece published in a community newsletter. Mislabeled as an “editorial” in the paper, the piece was headlined “Racism from a White Man’s Perspective.” Clearly that perspective isn’t valid, as Dr. Jones has figured out.
Perhaps she can host an ice cream social to explain it to the unwashed masses. Will there still be a community newsletter in which to announce the date?