Some of the irritating issues about current whereas black in America and coping with white supremacy, white privilege, white tears and white individuals’s awkward casseroles is the method of figuring out precisely how to react to racism when confronted with it.
Must you deal with microaggressions instantly, or do you have to wait till a very egregious racist act happens to push again? (And what defines “significantly egregious” anyway?) In case you do resolve to react, how ought to that look? A relaxed and sober rationalization of why what occurred was fallacious? A fiery and passionate rebuke? Must you need them to be taught, or do you have to wish to scorch earth? If at work, is it value reporting to human assets or maybe even discovering a brand new job? And if somebody makes use of hateful language, is it justifiable and proper to reply in variety? Or maybe even up the ante and strike them bodily?
Making issues extra exasperating is that, except for the uncommon situations when the racist receives actual repercussions and also you’re in a position to expertise a bout of well-deserved schadenfreude, not one of the reactions really feel significantly good. It’s form of like what occurs once you kill a roach. You don’t throw a parade to your profitable roach homicide; you simply want you weren’t in a circumstance the place it was mandatory, and now you are feeling all icky.
However generally likelihood and circumstance mix to create a solution for a seemingly unsolvable query.
Maybe you’ve seen the video now of the Lime-a-Rita-clutching racist thrown off of the L train. It’s really a sight to behold. Think about the extent of Caucasian hubris essential to go full “MAGA” on a packed subway prepare in Brooklyn, N.Y., and assume you’ll depart unscathed.
And whereas your complete video is value watching, the second of reality happens across the 1:45 mark. As Lime-a-Racist is trying to get again on the prepare, a cup of soup is thrown at him: a second each superb and elegant. Give it some thought: Would you quite get smacked within the face or have a lukewarm cup of thick, yellow soup splashed in it? (The smack, positively.) And what would really feel extra cathartic? Smacking a racist or splashing a lukewarm cup of thick, yellow soup at him? (The soup, positively.) This second was so excellent that I wish to laminate it, shrink it down right into a allure and put on it on a series round my neck. I wish to sleep and bathe with that second!
Yesterday, rapper Princess Nokia revealed that she was the soup thrower, an act which ought to instantly qualify her for sainthood. And earlier at present, whereas in GMG’s Variety Mafia Slack discussing one other act of egregious racism dedicated towards the homies Danielle Younger and Genetta Adams final night time, Victor Amos advised that all of us observe Princess Nokia’s lead and simply carry a spare cup of soup round to throw at racists. And I feel that’s the most effective thought I’ve ever heard.
I’m prepared for #SoupOnRacists to be a motion. It’s the proper response to racism—the proper reply to that elusive query. I’m able to drive to Panera Bread or Au Bon Ache or possibly even Bruegger’s Bagels at present, and I plan to ask them for 5 cups of their yellowest, thickest and grittiest souplike substances to hoard and, if the second requires it, splash on racist motherfuckers. Who’s with me?