The title isn’t a quote or a specific approximation of something someone White has said but rather a reflection of mine on how some things are taken for granted without White people who claim to have an interest in understanding/examining Whiteness but, for some reason, failed to as the simple question WHY. What I’m talking about is the tendency of supposed White anti-racists to talk about “what is” instead of asking “why that is the way it is.”
Take, for example, the latest issue being discussed here on this blog, on Restructure! and Stuff White People Do. Our friend Macon D has responded in a defensive manner to questions about a thread of his and the idea in it that “White people have no culture” or, more specifically, the perception Whites have that they don’t.
Increasingly, the thing that puzzles me is how our friend Macon never seems to ask why. Why is it that Whites don’t perceive that they have a thing that can be called “white culture”? It’s like he takes that as a given. It’s like he can’t connect the dots.
Even more puzzling is the apparent absence of the slightest inclination that Macon would ask if there is a reason beyond the stated rationales for why Whites would, all of a sudden, feel like they don’t have a quote, unquote “white culture.” I say “all of a sudden” because you’d have a tough time making a convincing case, especially a case which considers the idea of Whiteness, that Whites didn’t perceive or believe there was a “white culture” when there were WHITE ONLY and COLORED signs and customs North and South.
Back to Macon (the idea that he’s only spoken from a “what is” perspective), it’s like he never heard the anti-affirmative action, “reverse racism” claims made by Whites. It’s like he can’t see how the “no white culture” idea may very well be an extension of it.