If there’s nothing wrong with discussing Black voters, Hispanic neighborhoods, and Native American culture, why is the media so afraid to mention whiteness?
What’s going on with white people?
It’s comparatively easy to find out what Black people have been up to, lately. After Black protesters “ignited a racial reckoning” that wasn’t actually a racial reckoning, “Black voters” said “hold up” and unleashed their voting powers in the 2020 election. Then Black people focused on distrusting the vaccine because…you know…Tuskegee.
Even though the vast majority of Americans who identify as Hispanic chose Biden, we found out that there was a lot of support for Trump among “Hispanic voters.” Then, Hispanics turned toward immigration. Meanwhile, Asian Americans were fighting hate crimes and worrying about COVID-19 reports.
Admittedly, the media is doing a better job at covering these issues. The Associated Press, perhaps the gold standard for American journalism, has an entire Latino section, which is different from the Hispanic section, but similar to the “Black Lives Matter” section where you can read about all the negro news—from haircare products to protests. Even the AP’s “race relations” section is all about stuff that happened to Black, Hispanic, and people who shower daily.
Don’t get me wrong, African Americans don’t generally object to the fact that living in a home surrounded by people who look like them means they reside in a “Black neighborhood.” We want politicians to recognize the power of the “Black vote.” Most Black people wouldn’t trade being Black for all the privileges in the world. But when was the last time you read about “white neighborhoods?” If you Google “Black vote,” you get stories about African American voters. Do the same with the “white vote,” and most of the results are about all voters.
I thought America wanted to have “a conversation about race.” Is white not a race? Has America really gotten over its reluctance to talk about these issues? When it comes to politics, economics, and actual facts, why is it OK to discuss every ethnic and racial demographic in America except one? The avoidance of every mention of whiteness cannot be coincidental. I just wanna know the reason.
This insidious but invisible phenomenon is pervasive throughout the news and media outlets charged with writing the first draft of history. Although they pride themselves on the Caucasian-created mythology of “journalistic objectivity,” the American storytelling machine has collectively decided that “whiteness” is synonymous with “humanity.”
Every Black writer or journalist can tell you a story about when they were accused of “race-baiting” or “being divisive.” White journalists don’t have to face that same critique—not because they don’t talk about race—but because they almost never talk about the white race. White people are just “people.” The concept has become so accepted that the utter mention of white people is not just unnecessary, it’s considered divisive.