As Barack Obama's lock on the nomination becomes ever more certain, all sorts of subsumed white feelings about race are emerging. The common white reluctance or refusal to think about "where I'm coming from" means that a lot of what's emerging from seemingly ordinary white folks is ugly, and potentially destructive.
How many white folks are going to tear off that mask in their own ways, as Harriet Christian did a couple of days ago? She's a Hillary Clinton supporter angered by Clinton's impending loss; in this video, she's also clearly upset by the race of the person who's risen up and is about to take the nomination, seemingly to take it FROM Clinton.
Much of that calm, rational white training that I've written about before is getting revealed as a sort of mask that many white folks wear, a mask that hides deep-set, irrational, and anything-but-calm feelings about race. I don't blame white individuals for having such feelings. I have them too. But I also realize that we've been trained into having these feelings by a society that's still very racist. I think such feelings can be overcome.
I also see a threatened white sense of entitlement here. What do you see?
[hat-tip: Jack and Jill Politics]Update: Over at The Root, Karen DeWitt discusses resurgent white anger in "The Return of the 'Real' White People," where she writes, "in polling, a very small percentage of white people who object to merely sitting next to an African American on a bus translates into millions of real white people with the same attitude. And this election year is proving it. Masks off. Real white people are back."