Toni Morrison on Racism

If the racist white person…doesn’t understand that he or she is also a race, is also constructed, is also made, and also has some sort of serviceability…Then if you take it away, if I take your race away–and there you are, all strung out–and all you’ve got is your little self–then what is that?
What are you without racism? Are you any good? Are you still strong? 
Are you still smart?
Do you still like yourself?



The Invisible Backpack of White Privilege

From McSweeney’s:

The Invisible Backpack of White Privilege is pretty decent, I guess. I’ve had one as long as I can remember. My parents said it just showed up in the mail when I was born, and L.L. Bean’s policy is to replace the backpack for free if it ever breaks, so I don’t have anything to compare it to. It’s $8 extra to get your initials monogrammed, which I personally think should be free of charge. The backpack comes in different colors, more recently Irish, Italian, and Buffalo Plaid.

The Invisible Backpack of White Privilege is great for carrying questionable things like weed, Ponzi schemes, and sex crimes. I have lived in dense urban areas my whole life, and the cops never once search my Invisible Backpack. Then again, that’s probably just because, like people always tell me, I have a really trustworthy vibe as a person.