If "whiteness is an inherent threat to anyone who is Black", is there any point in even having discussions like this any longer? I'm not saying that aggressively - I find it worrying.

I think we maybe need to distinguish between *manifestations* of white racism - which nobody would disagree are often extreme and ugly, in the United States especially - and the idea that whiteness *in itself* is a problem or inherently racist.

Maybe it is (though I doubt it). But if whiteness and blackness are genuinely incompatible, which seems to be what you're saying, where can we actually, practically, go from there?

(For the record: I don't think they are incompatible - at all. There is no reason white people, black people, and all people can't live together in communities in a reasonably peaceful way.

But I'm concerned that you seem to think that might not be the case. Do you genuinely despair of it?)

PS And I'm not being sarcastic here - don't white people eat chicken too? Certainly where I live they do, almost constantly. Even fried chicken.

Barnaby is a journalist based in Suffolk, UK. By day he covers science and public policy; by night, film and classical music. He has also been a cinema manager.

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