Actually I have no idea how many white friends I have. I don’t go around counting them. I do have 4 white people that contribute to this site. Does that count?
Whenever a white person is accused of being a racist, the timeless rebuttal from the white person is normally “I have X amount of Black friends! I’m not racist!”. OK. Maybe you aren’t racist, but why do you feel the need to keep count of how many Black friends you have? I’ve always wondered about that. Who honestly goes around keeping tabs on how many friends of a different race they have? I can honestly say that in my 30+ years of living, I’ve never heard a non-white person give an accurate count of how many white friends (or friends of any other race) they have. The most I’ve ever heard a non-white person say is something like “I know plenty of (insert race/ethnicity) people.” But no one could ever give me an exact number of how many (insert race/ethnicity) people they actually knew.
White people, why do you guys do that? Why do you feel this obsessive need to keep tally of how many Black friends you have in your life? Do you all give out awards for who can rack up the most Black friends? Do you all keep this number stored in the front of your mind to serve as some sort of “I’m not racist” force field to protect you from accusations of being racist? Seriously, what’s going on here?
Here’s what I think is going on here:
Anyways white people…
Stop counting your Black friends. Chances are, if you have to count them, they probably don’t exist. If they do, they probably have no idea that you claim them as friends.