In part one I listed things that white commenters commonly say, like “My family never owned slaves” or “Blacks are racist too!” Here we look instead at the way many white commenters seem to think and react. Not all of the following are necessarily racist but they do show a white gaze or bias:
1. White self-interest: They see things from the point of view of what affects whites, what they stand to gain or lose.
For example, when talking about affirmative action they quickly point out how whites will be put out of work or not get into to a good university. It may all be perfectly true, but note the point of view.
Or take crime. If a commenter shifts the argument from, say, drugs and murder to Dangerous Black Rapists, he is probably white. Dangerous Black Rapists on the loose are rare but speak to white fears and insecurities. Meanwhile in most black neighbourhoods troubled by crime it is almost never because of Dangerous Black Rapists. Way more common are robberies, drugs, shootings, prostitution and bad policing.
2. White pride: When you say something bad about whites they get upset and, if they can get past that, defend whites.
They make it about their hurt feelings. Or belittle your feelings and observations. Or say you hate whites and blame everything on them. Or they do not like the way you put things. Etc.
When they defend whites it is mostly to clear them of moral blame – shifting blame onto ghetto mentalities, Arab traders, diseases, “the times”, “what is natural”, “what anyone would do”, etc. Strangely, they have a hard time admitting that whites are part good and part evil like everyone else, that they have screwed up big time – repeatedly – and continue to do so.
3. White experience: The experience they apply to comments never goes beyond that of most white people.
It seems they were never called racist names, stopped by the police for no good reason, followed in a shop, stereotyped and so on.
Or: When others report such experiences they belittle it. Sometimes they do that by saying they had the same experience – not to show support but to tear it down!
Or: They think the world is some huge meritocracy, that all laws are applied fairly, etc. They have never witnessed the profound injustice that lies at the heart of American society – or of any other society, for that matter.
In short, they have never had the experience of being at the wrong end of things when it comes to white people.
In most cases that is because they are white themselves! Or, worst of all, think they are honorary whites.
4. White concerns: They never take black concerns seriously because, well, they do not have to!
This is probably the most damning sign of all. They come on here and act like this is some big game where they score points, where they “win” – as if that is what matters most.