Khloe Kardashian says we should show have liked to racists- but why coddle them? | Yomi Adegoke

In the minds of many, being colourblind is sees as a type of kindness, that racism cannot exist if we are all simply humans

Over the weekend, Khloe Kardashian posted on Instagram about a T-shirt that seemed, at first glance, forgivably mawkish. It encouraged her adherents to” love thy neighbour” and listed neighbours of differing different levels of disenfranchisement:” Thy black neighbour. Thy gay neighbour. Thy Jewish neighbor ,” and so on. The penultimate line read:” Thy racist neighbour .”

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 lesbian or black, it is something you are born with that the world unfairly vilifies. In Kardashian’s mind, a racist’s fight is comparable to that of a homeless person or an addict( who were also offered a serve of love, as opposed to anything substantial ). Her endorsement of that message suggests 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 seek actively to uphold.

Kardashian’s ludicrous faux pas sets to bed the myth that we can befriend our route to a more just world. Although she is a mother to a biracial child, 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 close proximity to blackness has not cured her myopia.

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Khloe Kardashian is facing backlash for posting a “Love Thy Neighbor” shirt that includes “Thy Racist Neighbor” on her Instagram story:

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March 16, 2019

Of course, in the minds of many, colour-blindness is a type of kindness. Such people believe that recognise racism does more harm than racism itself- which is only true if you consider that white fragility is being harmed. Coddling the complicit is hardly new, of course. Colour-blindness lets liberals to lay claim to “wokeness” without doing the work required to undermine white domination: how can it even exist if” we’re all simply humen, human “?

The Kardashians’ newborns, besties and boyfriends continue to be human shields against accusations of racism laid at the door of this ever-ignorant family. They devour black culture and spit up the bits that don’t sit well with them- don cornrows, but acting uncharacteristically demure when it is necessary to engaging with anti-racist discourse. Khloe Kardashian was accused last year of editing her daughter’s skin colour in images to make it appear lighter, a few months after she had hit back at cruel statements induced online about the toddler’s complexion. It is hard to be colour-blind in this society of racists that Kardashian seeks to ” love” when these people actively detest others- her daughter included, whether she chooses to see it or not.

Would Kardashian have promoted the same T-shirt had it pleaded to love” thy sexist neighbour” or” thy homophobic neighbor “? Probably not. Thanks to Kardashian and her ilk, racism is something that continues to be touted as a cry for help from those who believe their bigotry is unfairly censored. These racists believe it is their freedom of speech being quashed- attaining them the ones being oppressed, rather than the oppressors.

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