Khloe Kardashian says we should show love to racists- but why coddle them? | Yomi Adegoke
In the minds of many, being colourblind is seen as a type of kindness, that racism cannot exist if we are all only humans
Over the weekend, Khloe Kardashian posted on Instagram about a T-shirt that seemed, at first glance, forgivably mawkish. It fostered her followers to” love thy neighbour” and listed neighbours of differing levels of disenfranchisement:” Thy black neighbor. Thy gay neighbor. Thy Jewish neighbor ,” and so on. The penultimate line read: “Thy racist neighbor.”
The internet, unsurprisingly, lost it. It can easily be inferred from the T-shirt that “racist” is a neutral, even misunderstood, status: it suggests that, like being homosexual or black, it is something you are born with that the world unfairly vilifies. In Kardashian’s mind, a racist’s battle is comparable to that of a homeless person or an addict( who were also offered a serving of love, as opposed to anything substantial ). Her endorsement of that message indicates she sees “racist” as an identity- and a marginalised one at that. This is the logical conclusion of a dangerous rhetoric that posits the intolerant as victims of a system that they attempt actively to uphold.
Kardashian’s ludicrous faux pas sets to bed the myth that we can befriend our style to a more merely world. Although she is a mother to a biracial infant, with a number of black ex-beaus( including the basketball players Lamar Odom and Tristan Thompson, the latter of whom is her daughter’s father) and a black best friend( Malika Haqq ), it seems her proximity to blackness has not cured her myopia.