Hi Tim Wise, first of all allow me to applaud your authentic passion towards racial equality and justice. I took my time to read through your well thought out article.
If I may, I think (very sadly) is that’s what missing in current (race agnostic) anti-racism struggles, is the notion of race relationships. We are not going to succeed with a unidirectional approach to dialogue. In my opinion, White people also need to be heard, if we are interested in true equality. The way forward is to be negotiated and all sides need to be taken seriously. There are many “fascists,” who are motivated by their philosophical beliefs and not necessarily racist hatred.
There are white supporters that suppress and harbor nagging questions that we just can’t ignore. As a black man I acknowledged that blacks are disproportionately more likely to be accused by police. However when I asked the “question” whether it’s true that blacks are disproportionately more likely to be involved in violent crime, I was met with defensive abuse from blacks and whites.
Many whites don’t believe they should be held accountable for the slave owning crimes of their ancestors. As an African, I can tell you that many of us fled to America because we prefer “white supremacy” to how tribalistic and corrupt leaders would treat us back home. Do you know that police brutality is worse in South Africa?
It’s well overdue for us to have honest dialogue. I don’t believe a militant approach will work. We need to pause on anti-racism and focus primarily on authentic, loyal, loving race relationships.