When MSNBC’s “The Cycle” hosted a wine-tasting segment for this Valentine’s Day, you had to know at least one progressive panelist would imbibe too much and say something regrettable. And during a segment on Black History Month Touré didn’t disappoint, suggesting that a “lack of awareness” among white Americans about their privilege means we “should give white people their own race card.”
Touré described Black History Month as a “sort of affirmative action for facts — that one month were black facts are ushered to the front of the bus, and then in March, it’s back to the back of the bus.”
He complained about those who see a double standard and ask why there cannot be a White History Month.
“They may be kidding or being provocative, but jokes contain a kernel of truth,” Touré opined. “So it sounds like fish not noticing water… [or] being a kid with all the toys in the world, and going to a birthday party and getting mad because another kid has a toy.
“The lack of awareness is a big part of the problem,” he said, claiming that if white people knew how much their skin color advantaged them they would be more open to — ending the mass protests against Black History Month, or something?
“So I propose we shatter that lack of awareness,” the host continued. “I’d say let’s do something entirely crazy. Let’s give white people their own race card! For some people, the term ‘race card’ has come to mean ‘a black person has mentioned race in an inappropriate way,’ but what I think it should mean is, ‘I’d like to use my race to get an advantage, please!’ And let’s be real, sometimes white people do that without even meaning to.”
Cue a random white guy on video, claiming that he’s never been turned down for a job because he looks like the “white guy” running the place. “I’m not even kidding,” he says.
“This race card can be used at job sites, shopping malls, police stops — wherever race matters!” Touré continued. “The genius of it is that it works just as white privilege does: you need do nothing to activate it. The advantage happens automatically, just like White History Month happens automatically.”
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