The Privilege of Being Remembered Like a Dead White Man

Very Smart Brothas | 12/7/2018 | Staff
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Did you know that houses owned by black Americans are undervalued by an average of $48,000 per home? Combined, this makes for 156 billion dollars in losses—a discrepancy called a “segregation tax.” I didn’t know this either, until a recent study by the Brookings Institute articulated exactly how pervasive this brand of bias is, and the obvious generational impact of it.

If you comb through enough data and listen to enough anecdotes and read enough books and know enough black people, little nuggets of the effects of racism and anti-blackness will continue to reveal themselves, like post-credit Easter eggs when watching The Avengers.

Neighborhoods - Side - River

“Oh, I didn’t know that’s why the black neighborhoods are on that side of the river.”

“Wow. I had no idea what that statue really meant.”

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“****, so ‘uppity’ doesn’t just seem racist —- it actually is racist?”

“So that’s where the stereotype about black people and watermelons comes from!”

Example - Inertia - Supremacy - Exists - Man

Perhaps no greater example of the soft inertia of white supremacy exists than when a white man decides to die, and the powers of whiteness and maleness converge for a cleansing and beautifying privilege Voltron. Because the investments in the deification of whiteness and maleness are so great, so demanding, so exacting, the death of a white man gives birth to a pathological compulsion for veneration. Before the corpse is even cold, his sins aren’t just forgiven—they’re forgotten.

Admittedly, on the spectrum of dead white men who happened to be President of the United States at some point of their lives, George Herbert Bush exists at the less ****...
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