We are in a new era of colorblind racism. Racists, sexists, and other -ists try to hide their true feelings but if you listen, you can “hear” those feelings. For example, here is a quote from a Fox and Friends blatherer, Brian Kilmeade:
And on Friday morning, “Fox and Friends” co-host Brian Kilmeade expressed that lack of compassion remarkably clearly. Here’s what he said (per Mediaite):
“Like it or not, these aren’t our kids. Show them compassion, but it’s not like he is doing this to the people of Idaho or Texas. These are people from another country and now people are saying that they’re more important than people in our country who are paying taxes and who have needs as well.”
Truth Revealed in the Heat of the Moment
White racists use a type of sentinel behavior to check the status of new White acquaintances. This “sentinel behavior” is a process White racists use to test a newcomer’s loyalty to Whiteness. Conversations start with innocuous subjects and progress to “party line” topics. If the newcomer continues to agree, a sensitive topic is presented. In this way, the White racist can “test the waters” to decide if this is a comrade or someone to be ostracized and excluded.
Forgetting the broad distribution of news media— duh, it is “broadcasting” —Kilmeade got careless, feeling the loving embrace of his racist buddies, and broadcasted his true feelings in the heat of the moment.
Oops! Uh, I didn’t mean it…
The crawfish retreat begins:
Kilmeade later apologized for the comment via Twitter. “Of course-I didn’t mean to make it seem like children coming into the U.S. illegally are less important because they live in another country,” he tweeted. “I have compassion for all children, especially for all the kids separated from their parents right now.”
Caught with his pants around his ankles, he fumbles for some way out of the awkward situation but it is too late. His true feelings have been exposed for all to see.
Like-minded Whites will rationalize this series of events by saying that other Fox and Friends loyalists chastised him for the comment and that makes it okay. Well, most of the chastisement was aimed at Kilmeade’s stupidity by letting others know the hidden ideology of the White racist: anyone not like us is less than us and undeserving of any of our resources. It was not about concern for the kids but about covering up the hidden agenda.