The New York Times has seemed to get itself in the news again after publishing an essay by an African-American reporter who stated white women are racists for not giving up space to black men on a sidewalk.
The essay was called “Was That Racist” and the reporter Greg Howard called out white women for forcing him “off the sidewalk completely” when walking towards him and not allowing a straight path; you can read the essay in context here.
In seven years of living and walking here, I’ve found that most people walk courteously — but that white women, at least when I’m in their path, do not. Sometimes they’re buried in their phones. Other times, they’re in pairs and groups, and in conversation. But often, they’re looking ahead, through me, if not quite at me. When white women are in my path, they almost always continue straight, forcing me to one side without changing their course. This happens several times a day; and a couple of times a week, white women force me off the sidewalk completely. In these instances, when I’m standing in the street or in the dirt as a white woman strides past, broad-shouldered and blissful, I turn furious.
After these encounters, I’m always left with questions. Why only and specifically white women? Do they refuse to acknowledge me because they’ve been taught that they should fear black men, and that any acknowledgment of black men can invite danger? Do they refuse to acknowledge me because to alter their route would be to show their fear? Do they not see me? Can they not see me?
Well, as expected that about launched a firestorm on social media and people immediately began to criticize the essay. The criticism came from the usual sources.
Do you think this op-ed was racists or does the writer make a valid point?
Source: New York Times