It's Kind Of Hard To Be White, Says CNN

Just as National Geographic informs us that the average person is a 28-year-old Chinese male with no cell phone, CNN inquires, "Are whites racially oppressed?" The answer is obviously "no, stop talking," but the whole article is too credulous, worryingly so, giving a pretty nice platform to some crazy ideas, even if only to debunk them (rather tenderly). "We went from being a privileged group to all of a sudden becoming whites, the new victims,'' says a sociologist. "You have this perception out there that whites are no longer in control or the majority. Whites are the new minority group." It goes on way too long from there.

There are bullet points meant to be evidence "of racial anxiety." There are seven of them, actually, including:

• More colleges are offering courses in "Whiteness Studies" as white Americans cope with becoming what one commentator calls a "dispossessed majority group."

Later there's a sentence that reads, "Some white Americans not only feel ignored in higher education; they feel excluded by popular culture."

Maybe this is the nuanced look this subject needed, but when our eyes rolled back into our head, about halfway through, it didn't feel that way. Feel free to report on how good the ending is in the comments though!

[jcoscarelli@villagevoice.com / @joecoscarelli]


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