Sometimes I wonder who I'm talking to when I post on this blog.
Who are you folks?
I imagine that although you all have Internet access of some sort, you're all kinds of people. I struggle at times with deciding how much to explain about what I'm saying, how much I can assume my audience already knows about whiteness and racism. It's good to have a wide array of readers, and I want to reach white people, especially, because they're the ones who should be more mindful of their racial status.
Sometimes I lose myself for awhile by digging into this blog's statistics (and by the way, the site counter below will probably reach 200,000 hits today--a milestone, of some sort). As I've noted before, the most interesting set of stats is a log of search phrases that brought readers here. For me, the especially bracing examples resemble those below, which are from the last month or so.
These "search phrases" suggest not only how many different kinds of people end up here, but also just how wide the gaps in racial understanding still are, 400 years or so after the creation of the fiction of "race." Some of these search phrases also radiate frustration and anger, and others read like simmering ingredients for violence and pain.
Our moment is anything but "post-racial," and in terms of race, things are going to get worse. As the current economic collapse worsens, racial resentment will surely serve as an ever-ready distraction from the real causes of chaos. That renowned, divisive and racist hatemonger, Rush Limbaugh, could have no greater gift than two black leaders heading up our two major political parties.
Is sorting through Google tea leaves like this an effective method for monitoring the pulse of the racial zeitgeist?
What do these blips of brain energy say to you?
>>white people need to teach their children to hate those who hate us
>>why are all pretty white girls going for black guys?
>>white daughter black boyfriend
>>WHAT TO DO WITH WHITE DAUGHTER LIKING BLACK BOY
>>what white people really think of black people, even though they are nice
>>why do white people smell like spit?
>>why do white people say a black person is defensive?
>>why does tim wise bitch so much?
>>why do white people look better than other people?
>>why do black people think they are better then white?
>>why do white girls date ni**ers?
>>why do people comment when white guys and black women are together?
>>why do black people say ma'am?
>>why black people have white hands?
>>whites won't admit they came from blacks
>>whites teach their children to be racist
>>when i say bro i mean it the way black people use it
>>why do people think racism is fun?
>>why do people think americans are only white people?
>>do white people ask for hook-ups?
>>how many people admit to telling people they like their shirt when they really don't?
>>when do you bury a dead white person?
>>white comedian who can't make anyone laugh
>>why do white people think about tibet?
>>black and white mixed baby my baby looks more white is that normal?
>>what animal are white people like?
>>what do innocent people think about racism?
>>can children be racist or sexist?
>>what do asians call white people?
>>should someone dress up in another ethnicity?
>>so many non-whites in medicine
>>youtube white supremacy has made white folks insane
>>it is ridiculous to celebrate columbus
>>is wearing an afro wig racist?
>>how to act like a white person
>>how did white people become white?
>>how can you tell if white people don't like black people?
>>why is white race giving in to black race?
>>when is the next civil war?
>>black people talk shit about white people and it's not racist
>>do you think people's prejudices can be overcome?
>>what makes people do what they do?
>>i'm white, what do i do?