Georgetown Law Professor Tells White Woman ‘I Have No Respect For Your Ancestors. As Far As They’re Concerned, I Should Be A Slave’
A Black professor at Georgetown University Law Center had an answer for a white National Public Radio (NPR) caller who said she “honors” her confederate heritage. In essence, Prof. Paul Butler told her to stop expecting Black people to respect white culture or people who once enslaved their ancestors.
Butler said: “I have no respect for your ancestors. As far as your ancestors are concerned, I shouldn’t be a law professor at Georgetown. I should be a slave. That’s why they fought that war.“
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He added, according to Trudreadz, “This is something many Caucasians, especially in America, can’t seem to come to grips with. Their heritage is based on the subjugation of our ancestors. The parts of their history that brought them the most joy bring us the most pain. Nobody is telling anybody what they should or shouldn’t be proud of, the point is, don’t expect Black people to accept or respect a culture that promotes the idea of us (melanated people) being less than human and deserving of inhumane treatment. To us, that confederate flag is a symbol of terrorism and inhumanity.”
Black professor explains his response
During a later appearance on MSNBC’s “All In With Chris Hayes,” Butler explained his response. “You know some people agree with me on the merit, but they said it was rude to say that I don’t respect that woman’s ancestors. So let me get this right, a white person says to a Black person, “I honor the people who wanted your ancestors to be slaves,’ that’s fine. A Black person says, ‘I don’t honor those people,’ that’s rude. That’s white privilege all over again. And it goes to a larger issue, that when Black people talk to white people about white supremacy, we’re supposed to be loving and forgiving.”