A man who heroically saved a bunny from a California wildfire apparently shows “everything wrong with whiteness,” according to an article published Monday.
Damon Young, editor-in-chief of the digital magazine Very Smart Brothas (VSB), and a columnist for GQ.com, wrote an article criticizing a Thursday BBC video capturing a man identified as Caleb Wadnad rescuing a bunny from a wildfire, reported The Root.
The article called “The Video of the Man Saving the Rabbit From the Fire Captures Everything Wrong With Whiteness in 30 Seconds,” filed under the category “WHITE PEOPLE” makes the argument that Wadnad rescuing the bunny from flames shows that white people care more about animals than African-Americans.
Wadnad’s dramatic rescue depicts, “everything good about humanity,” Young writes. “But when witnessing the act and the fawning over the bunny rescue, I can’t help juxtaposing the feelings expressed about this bunny with the feelings generally expressed when black people are in grave danger.”
This action was the “whitest thing” he’s ever seen, the author also notes.
“I do know that whether it’s rabbits, cats, dogs, horses, cows, sloths, chickens, spiders, birds, elephants, penguins, polar bears, monkeys, whales, eels, elephants or velociraptors, the lives and well-being of animals seem to be considered—by many white Americans—much more precious and much more deserving of protection and care than the lives of black people,” added Young.
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