Her'es another pitch for a segment of a variety show:
1. Gather anonymously-submitted "is it racist?" questions. For example: "is it racist naming your white child after a Black hero?" or "is it racist to say 'can I get an AMEN?' after you've said something passionately in public?" or "is it racist to ask of someone's boyfriend, who is South African, what color he is?" or "is it racist when you ask your Indian friend an Indian question, but the question is about a tribe that your Indian friend doesn't belong to?"
2. Film the host of the show reading one of the questions.
3. Cut to any number of responses from "experts." In my imagination, it's Ava DuVernay and Maha Dakhil and Cornel West and Ali Wong and so on... But really, anybody who has personal experience and/ or academic/ life knowledge would be qualified.
4. Sit back and watch the REAL questions roll in! And watch how many of us will be eager to know the answer(s) to questions we've been too afraid to ask. (Feel free to LEAVE YOUR QUESTION ANONYMOUSLY IN THE COMMENTS BELOW!!!)
5. Yes, I know, this is not about ME and MY fear. I'm just saying. I'm white and I want to help. And this is where my heart guided me when I asked 'what is MINE to do here?' Yeah that's right. My deepest heart was like 'VARIETY SHOW!!!!'
I carried around a giant sugar skull named Maestro for a good long while. This video will tell you why...