“I was and am southern, god bless. I am black. I come from black people who are southerners even when they were New Yorkers for a spell. We are the black American story of enslavement, rural migration, urban displacement, resistance, boostrapping, mobility, and class fragility. In this milieu we, as a friend once described it, know our whites. To know our whites is to understand the psychology of white people and the elasticity of whiteness. It is to be intimate with some white persons but to critically withhold faith in white people categorically. It is to anticipate white people’s emotions and fears and grievances because their issues are singularly our problem. To know our whites is to survive without letting bitterness rot your soul.”

Source: Tressi McMillian Cottom.  “The Problem With Obama’s Faith in White America.” The Atlantic. December 13, 2016. https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/12/obamas-faith-in-white-america/510503/. 

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