A Really Blunt And Raw Conversation Involving White Folks That Is Probably Too Awkward To Hear

If you've been living under a rock, you may not have heard about the whole thing with NBA owner Donald Sterling, who managed to get himself banned from the NBA after making some extremely racist comments. He dug the hole deeper, which I thought would be impossible, by doing an interview with Anderson Cooper where he planned to apologize but instead went on another racist tangent, this time attacking Magic Johnson. Because, well, actually, I have no idea why. The point is that it's not really shocking that a racist guy is racist. At least you know where you stand with that sort of racism. It's the shades of gray you have to worry about.

I'll let Elon James explain. At 1:45, he makes the best point ever about the media. At 2:47, he gets to the real point.

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Elon James White: Yeah. This Donald Sterling interview, I don't know how to explain this. You know how some people can? Well, I can't. Donald Sterling was so racist, he couldn't actually control himself. He was trying so hard and failing. He was like the racist Bruce Banner trying not to become racist Hulk.

Donald Sterling: I like to help minorities. I'm not a racist. He ... it doesn't matter. I don't think it's worthy of you to discuss it.

Elon James White: But Anderson Cooper was just, like, "Show me your real face. Show me the beast within."

Donald Sterling: What has he done? Can you tell me? Big Magic Johnson, what has he done? But what does he do for the black people? He doesn't do anything. You call up and say, well ...


Anderson Cooper: He's opened a lot of businesses in inner-city neighborhoods.

Donald Sterling: The Jewish people have a company, and it's for people who want to borrow money and no interest. They want to give them a fishing pole. We want to help people. If they don't have the money, we'll loan it to you. You don't have interest, one day you'll pay us back.

Anderson Cooper: So ...

Donald Sterling: I'm just telling you. He does nothing. It's all talk.

Anderson Cooper: So you're saying that African Americans don't contribute to African-American communities as much as Jewish people?

Donald Sterling: There's no African American ... never mind. I'm sorry. You know, they all want to play golf with me.

Elon James White: Racist Hulk smash all facts! Facts no matter to racist Hulk! Racist Hulk punch through opportunity to not be racist, and be more racist! Hulk smash!

A lot of folks are saying, "Why are news outlets even talking to this dude? Racist dude is racist." But here's the thing about that: This is America, and no one is racist until they're ra-a-cist. Discriminatory housing practices, eh, we don't know what really happened. You know what I mean? It could be ... we don't know.

Yelling about how the black president is illegitimate, although the last president actually stole the election. Eh, socialism must be stopped. You know what I mean? We've got to take back our country.

Saying black people are lazy and steal, OK, well, now you've gone too far. You've said black people do a bad thing that some of us actually might think they do, but we know better not to say it out loud. We might say that in private, but we're not going to say that in, like, polite company. OK? That's just rude.

So, yeah, I'm OK with broadcasting Sterling's ignorance all over the TVs. To me, this is the only way some folks will even acknowledge racism exists at all. And there are folks right now who are watching Sterling say all this nonsense, and they're still going, "Well actually ..."

No. Fall the (bleep) back. Listen. Racism isn't black and white. Punt alert! Yes, there are actually examples of outrageous racism. But you know what? My issue isn't with Sterling tape nonsense.

I'm concerned not about the black and white racism, but the gray racism, the racism that doesn't involve someone saying "nigger" or hanging a black person from a tree. I'm worried about the gray racism that means a black kid can be murdered because they're scary. I'm worried about the gray racism that says a black woman on a porch means I can shoot her, as opposed to finding out what exactly is the problem, and maybe does she need help.

Gray racism is the (bleep) that's killing people of color: constant, small micro-aggressions that's literally shortening our lives. Gray racism is what makes people think that if a black dude's pants are sagging, that means that the cops should totally get to shoot them or arrest them, or question them, and stop and frisk them.

Gray racism is that thing that lets you think that allowing black women to be slandered because they're speaking their truth is cool, and you should totally defend the white women slandering those black women.

Gray racism isn't any less insidious than black and white racism. The reason why we are as hard core about it is because all of the sudden, it's not just the Sterling's and the Cliven Bundy's that are guilty. It's a lot of you all watching this show right now. Folks would rather say this type of racism doesn't exist than accept or admit that they actually play a role and benefit from this type of racism. With so many folks yelling about how they want to be allies to the cause, and they want to help people of color, maybe the first thing you want to do is look in the mirror.

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