Almost 60 years later, King’s description of the white moderate sounds all too familiar. The modern white moderate hides behind a guise of anti-racism, often appearing to be an ally in comparison to the many explicit and virulent racists, while still preaching the necessity of respect and order and peace, constantly suggesting that there is a better time, a safer place, a more effective way for justice to be served. In doing so, they stifle Black voices and hinder progress towards a truly anti-racist society, and it is difficult to call them out because, usually, they seem so well-intentioned. As King said, “lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection.”
Faith O. Potts
You wrote a very illuminating piece. Thank you for creating this dialogue. King was right when he said that “lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection”. Too often, moderate democrats have only defending black citizens from a comfortable difference. There are 128 supporters of to HR 40. If white people are really ready to move on from racism, then why do moderate democrats continue to oppose restorative justice for victims of systematic racism? It is indeed bewildering to come so close to solving a problem and then taking a few steps back. We are tired of being placated and want real change.