wondered Saturday whether his young children would be able to be friends
with white people, in light of events like the Trump presidency and the
Ekow N. Yankah, a professor at Yeshiva
University’s Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, argued that he will have
to raise his children to have serious “doubts” about whether they can
have true, meaningful friendships in a New York Times op-ed.
Trump’s election has made it clear that I will teach my boys the lesson
generations old, one that I for the most part nearly escaped,” Yankah
wrote. “I will teach them to be cautious, I will teach them suspicion,
and I will teach them distrust. Much sooner than I thought I would, I
will have to discuss with my boys whether they can truly be friends with
Yankah said he would be raising his sons to be
wary of friendships with white people because not only has history given
minorities few reasons to be able to trust white people, but also due
to the tendency from Trump supporters to turn a blind-eye to President
Donald Trump’s “malice” towards people of color, citing past comments from Trump.
Trump’s supporters are practiced at purposeful blindness. That his
political life started with denying, without evidence, that Barack Obama
is American — that this black man could truly be the legitimate
president — is simply ignored,” Yankah said. “… I do not write this with
liberal condescension or glee. My heart is unbearably heavy when I
assure you we cannot be friends.”
Despite this, Yankah argued that
he has hope that in the future he can give his sons a more “hopeful”
answer about friendships with white people.
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