On the one hand, Ebonie Johnson Cooper doesn’t care that Tiger Woods’ wife and alleged mistresses are white because Woods is “quote-unquote not really black.”
“But at the same time we still see him as a black man with a white woman, and it makes a difference,” said Johnson Cooper, a 26-year-old African-American from New York City. “There’s just this preservation thing we have among one another. We like to see each other with each other.”
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“Had Barack had a white wife, I would have thought twice about voting for him,” Johnson Cooper said.
Most of you agreed that this was racist. Now, tell me whether you consider this to be an equally racist statement:
As Steffgen predicted, the media now force interracial images into the public mind and a number of perfectly rational people react to these images with an altogether natural revulsion. The white person who does not mind transacting business with a black bank clerk may yet be averse to accepting the clerk as his sisterinlaw, and THIS IS NOT RACISM, no matter what Madison Avenue, Hollywood and Washington tell us.
Let’s assume for the sake of argument* that a white person said this. Is it “racist”? Or “racialist”? Or something else?
And if you’re inclined to excuse this quote as non-racist, tell me this: how is it meaningfully different from what Ebonie Johnson Cooper said?
*For now, let’s treat this question as phrased: as a hypothetical. In a different post we can discuss whether someone actually said the quote. (Many will confidently claim that its provenance has been denied, but I’m not so sure about that. If someone says you said x and y — and you forthrightly deny x and issue vague statements about y, you haven’t denied y. But again, let’s save that debate for another post.) For now, the hypothetical question is: if someone said this, would it be racist?
If it’s context you’re looking for, the full context of the alleged quote is here.