March 31, 2012 by David K. Sutton
Video: How White People Can Talk About Trayvon Martin – A Guide By Melissa Harris-Perry
Melissa Harris-Perry’s guide for how white people can talk about Trayvon Martin.
1. It’s OK to say black.
2. Black is always an adjective. It’s never a noun. “‘Black people is fine. The blacks, not so much.”
3. Don’t mention that you have black friends, or relatives. “Your black friend is not an emissary to blackness”
4. Take your time and think before you speak. “Because white guilt can make you say really stupid things like: I don’t even see race”
5. Remember that you are white. “It’s OK. It’s not your fault”
6. Silence is golden. “Listening can prove to be more effective than talking.”