The Silver Tongue

Many white Americans have resented the media attention Martin’s case has attracted and, in retort, have brought forth the “grief of the white man.” Versions of the question, “Why don’t racially motivated crimes against white people get more coverage?” offer us, as critics and citizens, a fleeting mindfulness that white is a race. Martin’s story is an opportunity to reconsider our own attitudes toward a society in which whiteness is invisible and in which white’s normalization has perpetuated racial inequalities. Have we made note (again) that our forgetfulness of the white race is the source and vitality of white privilege?

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