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.