Oh man, this is just a straight-up Blog Post because I loved this interview over at Vulture so much and I want you to read it to. This is how blogging works, right? When I’m not just making jokes about books, it’s just “here’s something that somebody else wrote and you should read it because you trust me”? Anyhow, you should trust me and read this.
Here’s the thing. When we talk about race relations in America or racial progress, it’s all nonsense. There are no race relations. White people were crazy. Now they’re not as crazy. To say that black people have made progress would be to say they deserve what happened to them before.
Right. It’s ridiculous.
So, to say Obama is progress is saying that he’s the first black person that is qualified to be president. That’s not black progress. That’s white progress. There’s been black people qualified to be president for hundreds of years. If you saw Tina Turner and Ike having a lovely breakfast over there, would you say their relationship’s improved? Some people would. But a smart person would go, “Oh, he stopped punching her in the face.” It’s not up to her. Ike and Tina Turner’s relationship has nothing to do with Tina Turner. Nothing. It just doesn’t. The question is, you know, my kids are smart, educated, beautiful, polite children. There have been smart, educated, beautiful, polite black children for hundreds of years. The advantage that my children have is that my children are encountering the nicest white people that America has ever produced.
This is totally unrelated, but do you know there’s a place in Jack London Square that serves upside-down apple walnut pie? I had some last night after we saw Beyond The Lights (not as good as Love & Basketball but totally still great and worth seeing). Read this interview, then try to find some upside-down apple walnut pie, that’s what I think you should do for the rest of the day.
Mallory is an Editor of The Toast.