What do you all think about this Louis CK sketch? Adam Serwer observed that "that fear animates a larger part of American racial politics," and Rose at Feministing argues, "C.K. can't celebrate his whiteness without him celebrating the effects his white privilege has on people of color: racism." I have a few thoughts after the jump.
Louis CK on being white
First, I'll just put out there that it's surprising to see a white person in any public capacity recognizing the fact that white privilege exists. Our nation's discourse on race is so messed up on this point, what with the tea baggers dominating news coverage with their conspiracy theories about black people working in various conspiracies to take away what naturally belongs to white people (ACORN voter fraud, Obama birtherism, Shirley Sherrod mentioning that she considered not helping a white farmer, the same-old same-old about Democrats only being elected because black people want social services, as if black votes count less and white people never use social services). Add in the pundits who are also sitting in positions of privilege and treating these crackpots on the right like they're a serious part of the national discourse and liberal folks who (at best) try to appease the racist right fringe or (at worst) actually agree, and you've got little room for saying, yeah, slavery leaves a mark, and white people are still benefiting from that.
Since I first even heard anyone discuss concepts like power and privilege when I turned 18 and went off to college. Coming from a conservative part of the country going to a conservative school with my conservative friends with conservative families and being taught by conservative teachers, that sort of analysis just never happened. Comedy can go places that serious political debates can't, and I wonder if there are other people out there who've never heard the world articulated in quite this way who will stop and think.
Anyway, I'm the worst person out there to judge comedy since the most I ever find funny is bathroom humor and The Daily Show. What do you all think?