This is the (semi)musical "I have a black friend, therefore..." isn't it?
(Also, thanks, asshole, for reaffirming the worst tendencies of all my rural white students. In Indiana, by the way.)
Asking someone with such a large audience to be responsible and write a better damn song is not a lot to ask, frankly.
@annev6 Thank you, voice of reason.
@Urwelt YOU! YES YOU. YOU GET A PRIZE. A PRIZE FOR BEING RIGHT. Thank you.
If only Brad had written a song from that perspective!
@julnyes I was just looking at it and sighing in despair. I can't write songs, so ideally we could just leave this up to talented professionals, but SOMEHOW THOSE TALENTED PROFESSIONALS LET "ACCIDENTAL RACIST" HAPPEN.
@desjardins That's a good point. It's more about acknowledging that you have benefited from others' past terribleness, and working to right the system, than about feeling bad personally for things that other people did. I think if people explained it more like that there would not be a similar backlash.
@FlufferNutter I feel like this GIF is basically going to be my response to everything now.
Okay, this song is completely terrible, and I've seen similar attitudes among other white people (mostly dudes). I think part of the reason for it is because we're finally at a place where we're teaching kids about all the terrible crap that happened in our history, learning about oppression, all of that. But the message of very single "diversity" talk I experienced until college was "White people did (do) terrible things, and because you are white you have to feel personally terrible and a little bit responsible." So year after year all the white boys start to get pissed, because they don't see how they've personally done anything wrong, despite the fact that they get all kinds of societal benefits. And so we get things like this song.
It wasn't until during an RA diversity training day in college that I even heard a diversity speaker talk about not just that racism is a thing, but about being proud of your heritage (whatever it is), how privilege works, how educating yourself helps you to not be "accidentally racist." It wasn't "white people are terrible!" It was "Lots of white people have been terrible, these are the ways their terribleness effects society even today, and this is how we go about combating it." So maybe if we put more effort into teaching the kiddos about racism and diversity, we can curtail another generation of obnoxious, confused, and offended white boys.