This is what Jackie Mason said in defense of his “schw*rtze” comment. Because you know in addition to the general unfairness that Oprah is a multi-bazillionaire even though Jackie is more talented, it’s also grossly unfair that white people cannot speak freely!
This sentiment is commonly uttered by white people and it takes a number of forms: It’s about “historical accuracy.” Not giving in to the “PC Police.” About “oversensitivity” stifling free discussion. About First Amendment rights–hey, we’re white people, we have rights! Why does everybody except white people have the right to free speech? You have to be so careful now and walk on eggshells because otherwise somebody will get offended about something.
So why do white people want freedom of speech?
They want to be able to write racist shit about other people without suffering the consequences. Because they don’t want their racist speech “stifled.”
They want to be able to dress up in redface and mock First Nations people. Because racism is a part of “personal expression” as well as free speech.
They want to spew nice-sounding words about cultural diversity while doing nothing about racist “South of the Border” parties.
They want to defend Don Imus’ right to call black college students “nappy headed hos.” Because “shutting down offensive speech” is against the First Amendment and because black people are haters too!
They want to wear racist Halloween costumes if they feel like it. Because it’s “all in good fun” and because they have the right to free speech! So there!
They want to display confederate flags. And then officials are shocked and don’t know what to do when racial tensions erupt into violence.
They want to use the n-word. And then defend themselves … why, those black people just misunderstood and misinterpreted what I said! Because I was actually making a complex free speech argument!
They want the freedom to use ethnic and sexual slurs. Because they are against censorship, yanno.
Ultimately what it boils down to is that white people want the right to do anything they damn well please. They are not interested in invoking free speech rights to criticize the government or making any kind of social change. No, they want to be able to wear a headdress and dance around barefoot.