Just in case White folks were watching.
This is not to say that Obama’a speech wasn’t powerful. The Leader of the Free World is Black like me, Black like my sons, Black like Trayvon –and unlike any empathetic White president could have responded, President Obama let us know that he knows.
He just didn’t say what he planned to do about it. And that’s a moment, not a movement.
So, while Benjamin’s word choice would not have been my own, I get it. I don’t like it, but I get it.
The “inner nig*er” is who America is afraid of, because one day he’ll realize that he doesn’t have to color between the lines drawn by White Supremacy and that he’s not a “nig*er at all.
Not a field ni*ger, not a house nig*er, and definitely not a White House nig*er that needs to be silent. And when that day comes, that change might come after all.
So, no, I won’t be boycotting Salon.com or Benjamin. And I hope those offended by the word — as I was — will quiet the internal dialogue for just a moment and listen to what he has to say.
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