Becky and friend caught on tape at The Kessler

I remember at high school dances when the DJ played Sir Mix Alot’s “Baby Got Back,” the white girls would scream and hit the dance floor. At the beginning of the track, Becky and her friend throwing shade was a hook that helped white folk identify with the song.

The fringe boot ladies caught on tape by The Kessler people in North Oak Cliff remind me of that kind of white people. They can all have fun at the expense of the hood, but they don’t have to deal with the guilt if they’re just dancing to a song. A quote by someone who can say it much better than I can:

White people already feel weird. There could be no better word [than “white privilege”] for the bitter, angry and divisive internal politics of America’s white majority. Isn’t it weird for a group that has long been the wealthiest sector of society and its dominant cultural force to embrace the status of victimhood it claims to find so offensive in others? Isn’t it weird for white people, despite all their economic, social, cultural and educational advantages, to increasingly see themselves as persecuted and oppressed? The intense and exaggerated response from many whites to my article and others like it was weird too, and perhaps revealing; it went way beyond disagreement into what therapists call abreaction, a release of repressed emotion. Discussions of white privilege have touched an exceptionally sensitive nerve. – Andrew O’Hehir


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