But still don’t want to see the black people around.
Chris Newman, the owner of the Sylvanaqua Farms in Albemarle County, saw some contradictions in his white neighbors’ behavior. Earlier this month there was a “Love Trump Hate” counter-protest. The rally was held in response to white supremacist Richard Spencer leading a protest against the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.
Still, Newman wasn’t that much inspired by the protest.
“I’d like to appreciate it, but frankly I just don’t.” Why? Because the monuments were the only thing those people were ready to get rid of, saving their stereotypes safe and sound.
Chris says that he had to rent “farmland on estates where I could be easily seen from the road, and I stopped making food deliveries into wealthier neighborhoods because of how often police would “happen by” and sometimes even question me five or ten minutes after I got a strange look from a passerby.”
He said that with all the anti-Confederate policy Charlottesville is, by his estimation, “the most aggressively segregated place” he’s ever lived in.
“It isn’t Richard Spencer calling the cops on me for farming while Black,” Newman wrote. “It’s nervous White women in yoga pants with ‘I’m with her’ and ‘Coexist’ stickers on their German SUVs.”
The farmer went on to suggest that residents of the town who are interested in racial progress should consider how to effect change in their own everyday lives.
“People are so busy going after that easy fix, going after that Confederate flag, that they’re not doing the hard thing, which is thinking, how did we get here, and how the hell do we dig out of institutional racism,” Newman wrote.
In an interview with CBS affiliate Newsplex on Wednesday, Newman said that the racial profiling he receives has gotten so bad that he has stopped doing food deliveries from his farm to wealthier neighborhoods in the area. He told the station that the fact he experiences racism on a day-to-day basis is the main reason he made the Facebook post.
“The thing that bothered me wasn’t so much the protests themselves, but the back-patting after it,” Newman said. “There’s a difference between confronting racists and confronting racism.”
Isn’t this type of attitude we face every day? Instead of blaming other people, just take a hard look at yourself first. Aren’t you part of the problem?