The internet was in a weird middle space between coronavirus and #BlackLivesMatter, while also maintaining some pre-quarantine vibes. There were many thoughtful and beautifully written articles on the current protests, systemic racism, and racial and generational trauma, but it was still hard to be online.
Highlights: Why white people need to talk about whiteness, a long time woman, JK Rowling’s transphobia, white American theater, Bon Appétit’s implosion, Minneapolis was the breaking point, a “bastard cop’s” confessions, monuments that are no longer, and Trump resuming his campaign.
A lot of white people want to learn more and talk about Black people and Blackness and Black lives, but tend to avoid the conversation of whiteness. In response to a viral video of a teen named Haley arguing with her conservative parents over the death of George Floyd, Sonya Renee Taylor recorded this widely shared video where she outlines what goes wrong when white people have conversations on race. “Haley was having a conversation about Black people. Haley was arguing with her parents about whether or not Black people were worthy of life. The fact that that is a conversation is the problem… Whiteness and white people are so bereft of humanity that they will have a conversation about whether another group of people deserves to live.” White people need to start talking about whiteness and stop ignoring the fact that “Black people are not suffering at an amorphous blob called the system. Black people are suffering at the hands of whiteness and white people who live inside the delusions of white supremacy construct systems and structures to enact the delusions of white supremacy.”