I actually disagree with this cyberfruit. I know I wasn't thinking "You can't say that because you're white." I was thinking "you can't say that because it's so stupid." Period. Nothing to do with her race. I also don't necessarily think someone is racist when they say they don't see color, but you're right, that oftentimes they are and are just trying to find a way to cover themselves when they say prejudiced things.
I know I really appreciated Trevor's approach because, like many of you have stated, it really pulled the mask off of her charade. She kept claiming that kneeling was not an appropriate way to protest, but she could not come up with one real way that someone could show their discontent with system without being considered a troublemaker. Sounds like the people who didn't like black students sitting at segregated lunch counters in North Carolina or those who were upset the blacks were trying to integrate schools. I'm sure she doesn't see any of the parallels between her positions and those because those were deemed to be the work of bad people and she doesn't see herself as a bad person. If she was so interested in making things better in this country I would have thought she would have a real way people can work together to improve the system. Trevor to his credit actually did that when he encouraged people to protest the election of Trump, but discouraged them from causing property damage.
I also, perhaps somewhat snarkily, want to say that this is what happens when you have a failed school system. I don't know where Tomi went to school. It's possible she was educated in private schools her whole life, but a lot of the arguments she made were things I've heard from other people, even myself over the years. When she said something like "I as a woman did not have rights until after blacks," I'm left frustrated. Besides the logical error that blacks are a somehow a genderless species where distinctions between male and female do not matter, her info is seriously whack. She's using the idea that the 15th Amendment, which granted black men the right to vote, was actually enforced. I guess she forgot about that little system called Jim Crow put in place shortly after Reconstruction. And yet, I'm not surprised. As a millennial, I know a lot of information about slavery, post slavery, and the conditions of black lives is not really addressed in school. It's how you get high school graduates who still ask, "well, why didn't blacks just revolt if they hated slavery so much," and say "we're in Ohio, there was no slavery here, so there can't be any racism." I wish teachers would take the opportunity in American history classes to teach more than, slavery was bad, Rosa Parks sat on a bus and that was great, and this guy MLK was like a saint. It really warps people's understanding of history when they are taught that those positions are universally supported. MLK was super controversial in his day. He didn't just fight segregation in the South, he also fought for low wage workers in the North, and it wasn't just the big bad boogey man racist who was against him; it was people like your grandfather or uncle who didn't want to see political or social systems disrupted. Anyways, this long spiel is to say there needs to be more dialogue if you will. Thanks goodness for a project like Duvernay's 13th Amendment or Michelle Alexander's The New Jim Crow to bring light to how some of these prejudices are carried forward in today's world.