Vija Celmins (b. 1939), Clouds No. 2, 1965-67. Graphite on paper, 26 1/4 x 39 in.
no one’s saying it’s bad that jon stewart is telling people about racism, it’s not bad that people are hearing jon stewart say it as a white person, but it is worth criticizing and thinking critically about the implications of it. and it is important to be bringing up the pattern of white people only ever trusting the supposedly “unbiased” white man talk about / validate the notion that poc are experiencing racism. just like we should be critical of how people trust (especially white) men talking about feminism because they assume it’s objective and factual from a man and irrational and unreasonable from women..
“My point was that I don’t believe that there is a huge overlap of white people who have access to Stewart’s show but were somehow unaware of Mike Brown’s death until it was discussed on the Daily Show (and if there is then that detachment from racism and police brutality is in and of itself a facet of white privilege.)
There was such deafening silence from a huge chunk of white liberals until the passionate pleas of black people were parroted by a white man. This is what I was critiquing, because I don’t believe that any of those people who are busy patting Stewart on the back for being a decent human being actually give a single shit about Ferguson or black lives in general.” [via]