Okay, this makes no sense at all and I really want people to explain it to me. On the one hand, you’ve got liberals demanding that we treat black people the same as we treat white people because everyone is equal. I’m entirely on board with that because not only does everyone deserve equal treatment under the law, the color of one’s skin really says nothing about their individual character. You have rich white men and rich black men, you have brilliant white women and brilliant black women, you have good white people and bad white people, good black people and bad black people, treating anyone differently because of their skin color and not because of their character is absurd. This should have been settled a very, very long time ago.
But then I started hearing, with regard to TV shows, that shows had to hire black writers because white writers were not able to accurately produce dialogue for black characters and I just had to throw my hands up. Okay, what the hell is a black character, other than someone who happens to be black? Are we now supposed to think that black people all act the same? Wasn’t there a controversy when people used to think that black people all looked the same, now it’s apparently fine, coming from the “black community” that all of them are supposed to act the same? What gives?
This seems to be the modern reality though, the “black community” wants to have spokesmen that speak for every single black person in the nation. Blacks have to believe the same things. They have to want the same things. They have to talk the same way and act the same way, to the point that being black is little more than a stereotype now and it’s the “black community” that’s really pushing that view.
Correct me if I’m wrong, but when did colorblindness become out of fashion on the left? Isn’t that what we’re all supposed to be going for? That it shouldn’t matter what color someone’s skin is, everyone is an individual, everyone isn’t judged by their skin color but by their character, that people are just people and nothing else matters? The whole concept of a “black character” should be meaningless. It should be a character who just so happens to be black. You shouldn’t be able to decide what they’re going to act like, what they’re going to think or believe or anything else, just based on the color of their skin. You don’t have Obama out talking like some ghetto rapper or a middle-class suburbanite, they’re all individuals, not racial stereotypes. But no… only black people can write lines for black people because black people are inherently different from white people on account of being black. How is this progress on race again? I just don’t see it.
Just what the hell is going on here?