>White people commenting on the Black condition. > >Where do they think their authority to comment on these things >comes from? Often, they deem themselves careful observers of >the community, and would aver that their critical thinking >skills are enough, coupled with that, to make their opinions >relevant. > >That has a grain of truth, but it is very limited for a simple >reason. In a society dominated by whites, whites who assume >that their notions of existence are normative, they find it >difficult to recognize that their opinions shouldn't hold more >weight. Being white, they feel as though their opinions should >be the starting point for any conversation about any topic. > >This hampers any discussion they can try to have about the >Black condition because they won't release their sense of >authority on the issues merely by dint of being white. > >And that's why, by and large, White opinions of the Black >condition hold no weight. We're actual members and >participants in this community, and don't need outsiders to >come in and attempt to delineate our problems for us. >Especially when they act like their perceptions are novel, >true, or somehow worth hearing moreso than what we can >determine ourselves about our condition. White people just feel the need to be everyone's protector. White people never know how to mind their own business.
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