I actually agree with virtually all of this. I think also, at the same time, that white people also crave to be seen from the outside, crave to see how they are reflected in other people’s eyes. I am inspired to say that by the sheer delight white audience members took in being made fun of by comedians like Richard Pryor (who did hilarious “white vs. black” situation comparisons) and Dave Chappelle, with all of his caricatures of different white people. Plus everything Bill Burr and Louis CK have to say about white people, even when it’s mostly negative. There are many more examples. It’s sort of like having outside confirmation that we exist for the first time, and that we are unique to ourselves, not the default human, not centered. It may scare us, but it also intrigues us.

Linguist, philosopher, lover of history, wordhound, 21 year New Yorker, searching for meaning in the universe

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