So the same day I released my essay on race conversations this joke appeared in the latest Modern Family episode. The setup is that Luke got arrested for driving the family car without a license.
Clearly I am a man forever nine hours ahead of his time.
Seriously, this says a lot about the moment we’re living in. White folks know, deep inside (though obviously some deeper than others) that while conversation is necessary, it’s not the answer. The problem is, the answer is uncomfortable to actually commit to. So they focus on the conversation like it’s the answer, despite the fact that people of color have been telling you it’s not for pretty much ever.