Questions for fellow white people

  1. Be honest with yourself. It’s a thought exercise. For a thought exercise to work, you have to do the thinking for yourself — just like real exercise.
  2. Base your answers only on how the person in question would be treated by society at large. Don’t consider cultural heritage or pride, family history or tradition, don’t consider how you personally treat these individuals. Consider how American society treats these individuals.
  • If you were to be reincarnated and had a choice, would you rather be white or black?
  • If you were to be judged only by your appearance, would you rather be white or black?
  • If you were to be pulled over, would you rather be white or black?
  • If you were to match the description of a suspected robber, would you rather be white or black?
  • If you were to start a business and depend on community support, would you rather be white or black?
  • If you were to be tried for a crime with a penalty of death, would you rather be white or black?
  • If you could choose, would you rather your children be born white or black?
  • White
  • White
  • White
  • White
  • Mostly indifferent though probably leaning white
  • White
  • White — This one hurts so bad and is really the kicker for me. What you want for your kids should reveal your true feelings. I want my kids to be white because I believe life would be harder for them if they were black. Imagining what parents of young black kids feel about this issue is tragic.
I wonder if my kids would be treated differently if they were growing up black.

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Josh McKain

Josh McKain

I just write about what’s interesting to me sometimes.