James Baldwin, No Name in the Street (1972)
Preach, brotha James! Raise your hand if you have witnessed this feeble grasp on reality for yourself.
My theory, and it’s touched on in Tulpa, or Anne&Me, is that White people’s delusion allows them to live without hating themselves. If they were somehow forced to be aware of the things they do, and the things they are capable of doing, under a system of White supremacy, the whole notion of them being basically decent people would be shattered.
What many White people may fail to understand is that this is a good thing. By tearing down false concepts of goodness and dismantling false virtues, something more powerful and authentic can take their place. By relating to good and evil not as states of being but as choices people make, it is possible to claim one’s freedom and full humanity.