You think you are using satire — but you don’t realize that you are supposed to punch up, not down.
“Satire is traditionally the weapon of the powerless against the powerful. I only aim at the powerful. When satire is aimed at the powerless, it is not only cruel — it’s vulgar.” Molly Ivins
This isn’t funny to anyone but white people who are jarred by those daring to focus on the consequences of white supremacy. Insecure people in a dominant racial group laughing at thoughtful people taking on challenging issues in a classroom just isn’t the stuff of soft chuckles. Unless you are not maturely looking at racial issues.
Courses on “whiteness” don’t talk about hating white people. They talk about all of the hating white people have done as a race. What that has cost us as a race, even as we have been obviously gaining from dominating other races. Yet at the same time, as a general rule, white people don’t think of themselves as having a race. There’s clearly a lot to talk about when you start drilling down to what history impacts the present.
It’s getting to be where the only white people I can’t stand are the ones who can’t face up to the fact that being white means something in today’s society. As a white person, I maintain that doesn’t make me self-hating or hating of other white people. It just makes me disgusted with a portion of my own racial group who put their fingers in their ears and pretend facts don’t matter.