Your “Black Friend” is Not An Alibi

White Deflection and the Reality of Racism

Honest to God, if I hear one more transparently racist white person insist they aren’t racist because they have black friends, I’m going to punch them in the face. But not because I’m violent. I’m not violent. After all, I have friends who are pacifists.



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Tim Wise

Anti-racism educator and author of 9 books, including White Like Me and, most recently, Dispatches from the Race War (City Lights, December 2020)