Forty Percent of White Americans Are Lying About Their 'Black Friend'


Sal
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Well here's a shocker!!!

Even though America is soundly post-racial and racism is over because Barack Obama and Cheerios, it turns out that many white Americans still don't have any non-white friends. I find this odd, considering that white Americans typically cite their "black friend" as evidence of their inability to harbor racist beliefs. You guys just made him up, didn't you? Carl's not real, is he? That's cold. Carl deserves better than that.


According to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll, 40% of white Americans have no non-white friends, and about 25% of non-white Americans have zero friends outside their own race. These numbers are disappointing, but not surprising to me. As a biracial kid in mostly white schools, I was the non-white friend.


In fact, the dearth of interracial friendships can probably be traced back to the failure to satisfactorily integrate public schools. It's satisfying to hope that the open-mindedness of today's children will somehow end racism at an unknown future date, but we're not exactly setting them up for success on that front by doubling down on the status quo.



Despite the fact that school segregation officially ended almost 60 years ago, schools are somehow more segregated in 2013 than they were in 1954. White students attend schools that are 77% white—kinda tough to find a Carl given those odds. To recap, schools were more racially diverse at a time that there were segregation laws on the books than they are today, when we're legally free to go wherever we want, sit next to whoever we want, date whoever we want, and bum illicit cigarettes off of whatever 18-year-old member of the senior class we want.



If you're looking for someone to blame, or are looking for more reasons to hate the Supreme Court, you can start with Chief Justice John Roberts and his merry band of conservative dodos. The Roberts Court has made it nearly impossible for public schools to remedy racial imbalances, encouraging racial isolation and an overwhelming lack of interracial contact. Confronted with this reality, I'm rather shocked the 40% number wasn't a lot higher.


But as much as I love to blame Roberts for stuff, it's not his fault we all ended up segregated in the first place. White flight and discriminatory housing practices have also contributed to racially homogenous neighborhoods. And we can't blame Roberts or Scalia or any other ****ty judge for that. That's on us. The racial prejudice that underlines housing patterns is what allows stereotypes to flourish. It allows white Americans to continue to think of people of color as threats instead of as people. When you don't think of people as people, it's easier to put them in jail, abuse them, discriminate against them, and forget about them. It's easier for people like George Zimmerman to kill them and feel nothing afterwards.


So, to the 40% of you white people who have no non-white friends, I issue this challenge: Stop clutching your goddamn purse and leave your neighborhood every once in awhile. Join the hiring committee at Lily White & Bread, LLP and start advocating for minority applicants at all levels in the company. Patronize minority-owned businesses. Stop shooting everyone all the time. Worship at the shrine of Melissa Harris-Perry. Read this quintessential piece about white privilege by Peggy McIntosh. Stop depending on your kids to fix racism so you don't have to.
But most importantly, don't be a ****. Carl will thank you for it.
Meagan Hatcher-Mays is a recent graduate of Washington University Law School in Saint Louis. She does a significant amount of yelling on Twitter



Forty Percent of White Americans Are Lying About Their 'Black Friend'
 
Nuggler
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That means 60 % aren't............


In our town of 10,000 or so, there's about ten black people, 20 M.E. origin, and approx. 150 Chinese.

There are no enclaves.

My social life revolves around our family and musical groups. All sparkly white. Not planned that way. Just is.

What ya gonna do !!
 
skookumchuck
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"Meagan Hatcher-Mays is a recent graduate of Washington University Law School in Saint Louis. She does a significant amount of yelling on Twitter"

She has an oddly white name, considering that she was the non white friend of many.
 
Ron in Regina
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I have a very good Black (....& Tan...) Friend!



Does that count?
 
gerryh
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Quote: Originally Posted by Ron in Regina View Post

I have a very good Black (....& Tan...) Friend!



Does that count?


no..
 
Ron in Regina
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Oh well....he's a happy guy, & I don't think it'll bother him that he doesn't count.
 
Machjo
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Just because a person has no friend outside of their racial group does not automatically make them racist. Maybe they live and work in a very racially homogeneous neighbourhood. It can happen. Racism is determined not by what friends you have, but rather on your beliefs abour race.
 
Sal
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here this is nice:

 
SLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by Ron in Regina View Post

Oh well....he's a happy guy, & I don't think it'll bother him that he doesn't count.

I wouldn't tell him that to his face though. Either he won't take it well or he won't give a **** and you'll drown in drooling slobbery kisses....either way, kinda screwed. Lol.

 
Ron in Regina
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Yeah, I guess....but a nice kind'a screwed, if there is such a thing.
 
gerryh
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Quote: Originally Posted by Ron in Regina View Post

Yeah, I guess....but a nice kind'a screwed, if there is such a thing.


I get screwed pretty much every night, and it's a "nice kinda screwed"....
 
L Gilbert
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Quote: Originally Posted by Machjo View Post

Just because a person has no friend outside of their racial group does not automatically make them racist. Maybe they live and work in a very racially homogeneous neighbourhood. It can happen. Racism is determined not by what friends you have, but rather on your beliefs abour race.

Yeah, but it kinda says you're as nutty as a squirrel if you invent a black friend in order to appear non-bigoted. Blue, pink, paisly, argyle, chameleon, etc. I don't care. I just like sensible and fun folks the most.
 
Sal
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Quote: Originally Posted by L Gilbert View Post

Yeah, but it kinda says you're as nutty as a squirrel if you invent a black friend in order to appear non-bigoted. Blue, pink, paisly, argyle, chameleon, etc. I don't care. I just like sensible and fun folks the most.

Agreed that is the weirdest part of all... to make up a friend, colour him up in order to portray one's self as non-bigoted... why not just keep one's mouth shut.

Quote: Originally Posted by Ron in Regina View Post

Yeah, I guess....but a nice kind'a screwed, if there is such a thing.

totally
 
SLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by Ron in Regina View Post

Yeah, I guess....but a nice kind'a screwed, if there is such a thing.

Oh there is most definitely a nice kind'a screwed, lol.
 
DaSleeper
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Quote: Originally Posted by L Gilbert View Post

Yeah, but it kinda says you're as nutty as a squirrel if you invent a black friend in order to appear non-bigoted. Blue, pink, paisly, argyle, chameleon, etc. I don't care. I just like sensible and fun folks the most.

People on forums invent a lot of things, friends, persona, and they take their dream world online.....sad really....but also funny that they would actually think that people believe them.
 
L Gilbert
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Quote: Originally Posted by DaSleeper View Post

People on forums invent a lot of things, friends, persona, and they take their dream world online.....sad really....but also funny that they would actually think that people believe them.

Uh, yeah. That would be obvious.
That law student was referring only to internet users?
 
Sal
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Quote: Originally Posted by DaSleeper View Post

People on forums invent a lot of things, friends, persona, and they take their dream world online.....sad really....but also funny that they would actually think that people believe them.

Funny you should say that. I was watching someone FB last week. First she says: oh the headache. Then she posts a whole bunch of stuff about her current boyfriend... ya know crap like, I'm not gonna take this kind of stuff from him no more... then she posts pictures of this wonderful meal her daughter has made...then later...all about what she is watching on TV but she can't concentrate because of her kidney stone...

The following day...about how wonderful the guy is
It's like a fuking three ringed circus.

If I had that much drama in a month i n my life I would off myself.
 
L Gilbert
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Quote: Originally Posted by Sal View Post

Funny you should say that. I was watching someone FB last week. First she says: oh the headache. Then she posts a whole bunch of stuff about her current boyfriend... ya know crap like, I'm not gonna take this kind of stuff from him no more... then she posts pictures of this wonderful meal her daughter has made...then later...all about what she is watching on TV but she can't concentrate because of her kidney stone...

The following day...about how wonderful the guy is
It's like a fuking three ringed circus.

If I had that much drama in a month i n my life I would off myself.

lmao That's a good one.
 
EagleSmack
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Quote: Originally Posted by Sal View Post

Well here's a shocker!!!

The author of the article sounds like a real bigot.
 
Kreskin
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What the hell does Justice Roberts have to do with this?
 
Walter
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A biotch blogger knows this because...
 
Johnnny
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As a whole my friends in total are 90% white and 10% black..... I have no asian, native or middle eastern friends...
 

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