An article in Philadelphia Magazine entitled “Being White in Philly” spurred Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter into a stereotypical response that actually proved one of the points the article intended to make: White people’s views on race and racism are not welcome and should not be heard – ever.
Journalist Robert Huber’s interviews with white people living in Philadelphia neighborhoods did contain some racist remarks, but that is a result of candid responses – and reality. Are those responses supposed to be censored? Is truth no longer allowed to “set you free” lest someone take offense?
It seems Mayor Nutter and others believe so. The title of the article was enough to elicit accusations of racism from some, simply because white people are believed to only have racist opinions. Racism has been determined to be a one-way street and all problems in the black community have been deemed to be the fault of white people. So sayeth the Progressives – forevermore.
Some of the responses in the article touched on things that are uncomfortable to hear, especially for those believing in total victimhood. That doesn’t make them less real and it certainly doesn’t make them unprintable. In today’s society, however, it makes them taboo because they did not follow the PC rules of engagement which dictate that white people have no feelings, opinions, or sensitivities concerning race.
According to the magazine’s editor, Tom McGrath, the point of the article was “to get a conversation going about race”. Conversations require two sides and those of Nutter’s ilk still demand race and racism remain one-sided. Nutter said that “Philadelphia Magazine has sunk to a new low” and his knee-jerk reaction was to call on the Philadelphia Human Relations Commission “…to conduct an inquiry into racial issues and attitudes in the city, and to decide whether the magazine and the writer should be rebuked.” Of course, the commission agreed with the mayor.
One could reasonably argue that the magazine article already conducted an inquiry into racial attitudes in the city. Then, again, nothing reasonable seems to be penetrating the stereotypical race barrier in Nutterland.
David J. Hentosh