OK, You White Allies, Deposit That Unearned Wealth in Black Accounts!
Black Reparations, Left Think, Racial Politics
A Morgan State professor has come to the conclusion that being a white liberal ally of black radicals ought to cost you.
Lawrence Brown, an assistant professor at Morgan State University, tweeted some â€¦ interesting comments at the end of last month, to say the least.
Among them is the professorâ€™s belief that â€œwhite alliesâ€ should deposit their â€œunearnedâ€ wealth into â€œBlack accountsâ€ (note the â€œwhiteâ€ with lower case â€œwâ€ and â€œBlackâ€ with capital â€œBâ€) or should â€œjump between Black people and police at EVERY opportunity.â€
There was also â€œMy new criteria for white allies is gonna be: â€˜How much are you using your whiteness to LITERALLY eliminate the racial wealth gap?’â€
The self-described revolutionaryâ€™s Twitter feed is protected; however, a reader of the blog Weasel Zippers provided some screen caps of the profâ€™s controversial tweets.
Weasel Zippers adds:
White peopleâ€™s wealth is apparently â€˜unearnedâ€™ because it is based off a white supremacist society that steals from black people. That is why said wealth should be â€˜deposited in black accountsâ€™.
In activist parlance, â€˜white alliesâ€™ are the white liberal/leftists that come out at at some of these protests. This standing with black folk is apparently in his words being given too easily, and should not be given without this cost.
Brown, who received his undergraduate degree in African-American Studies from Morehouse College, has contributed numerous articles to the site Indypendent Reader. Among them are â€œA Real â€˜Niggaâ€™ Show: A Black Manâ€™s Review,â€ â€œIn Charm City, Plutocratic Pimpinâ€™ is Easy,â€ and two pieces examining the messages of the popular science fiction film Avatar.
Brown was quite outspoken, too, during the unrest in Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray. He said â€œThe narrative now is on the looting and rioting taking place. People miss the underlying structural issues that are happening everyday. I would call it structural looting in form of policy.â€
If you don’t want to come across with the cash, Professor Brown offers the alternative proposal that white allies should “jump between Black people and police at EVERY opportunity.”