This woman nails it. White rage
goes virtually unnoticed, however, because white rage doesn’t have to take to the streets and face rubber bullets to be heard. Instead, white rage carries an aura of respectability and has access to the courts, police, legislatures and governors, who cast its efforts as noble, though they are actually driven by the most ignoble motivations.
The black rage that flares in response to individual instances of injustice is nothing compared to smouldering white rage — indeed, the smouldering rage of the privileged toward progress and equality: that whites are heading for minority status, that our democratically-elected President is black, that women can participate in society as equals, that gay and lesbian soul mates can marry. We see this rage, too, when obscenely rich white people respond to the prospect of a slightly more progressive tax system with analogies to Nazism. It often takes hilariously childish forms, the political equivalent of holding your breath until you turn blue. For example, some conservatives are now purposely making their cars spew black smoke to protest environmental policy. Wow – that’s powerful. Guessing the trucks also have “Obama is a poopy-head” bumper-stickers. Similarly, the “American” “Family” Association is refusing to open mail bearing the Harvey Milk stamp.
These are the dying gasps of a worldview that is fading, and will fade faster as more old farts who hold these views die off and younger generations are raised in a multiracial world where they and/or many of their friends and family have two mommies or two daddies. It doesn’t mean we can be anything but vigilant in the face of these last-ditch efforts, but it does give me confidence that
The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.