Macon D gave a fellow white person advice on how to travel the path “toward the palace of racial wisdom” (emphasis mine), which was covered in another post on this blog.
Unfortunately, there is no “palace of racial wisdom”. Antiracism is a journey, not a destination.
Yesterday, I was quite frustrated with Macon in the comments of “I’m a good summarizer of black opinion.” Macon D has purportedly been examining whiteness for “over a dozen years” professionally and otherwise, and is the author of Stuff White People Do. I felt that Macon D’s understanding of racism was superficial and amounted to rote learning, since he seemed unable to apply the principles that he wrote about outside of his blog posts. (See the comments of that post for details.) It was depressing to know that Macon D was a white antiracist with credentials, yet he remains overly defensive, oppressive, and egocentric.
However, besides jwbe, there are also many other ordinary white people who “get it” and are “getting it”, white people who are focused on antiracism instead of on the appearance of antiracism.
After dealing with Macon D, late at night, I started reading Dumbass things I’ve said/done to POC – the White People’s Greatest Hits confessional thread! at debunkingwhite. These confessions are very uncomfortable, yet my mood went from cynical to positive and happy. They were uncomfortable for me, because I recognized the racist things I have done to and thought about other people of colour, even towards my own “racial group”. Some of these confessional items are things I hadn’t even thought about until I read them, and they are coming from white people thinking hard and critically about racism.
Racism and the white supremacist power structure are unimaginably pervasive, even in the minds of people of colour, yet white people can figure it out themselves, if they are honest with themselves and think critically.