In Reading Comprehension 101: Text, Subtext and the Politics of Misinterpretation, Tim Wise writes (emphasis mine):
In other words, putting aside the inherent absurdity of this interpretation — I am white after all, as are my kids, as is my wife, as is my momma, all my immediate family and my best friend too — some who read the piece believe against all logic and in the face of plain English (however aggressive the piece may be), that I have announced, excitedly, the coming of a glorious race war and the end of white people.
Normally, when a white person asserts that she is “not racist” because she has a black friend or he has an Asian wife, it is considered an invalid argument, because knowing a person of colour does not grant immunity from being racist. Here, Tim Wise argues that he is not anti-white, because he is white, his wife is white, his best friend is white, etc.
I would normally consider this bad form, since making this argument may give some people the impression that the tired “black friend” defense is acceptable. However, some readers of my blog have constantly accused me of being “racist against white people”, so I will try to follow Tim Wise’s lead and invoke whiteness as a defense against accusations of being anti-white.
Unfortunately, I am not him. I am not white, so I cannot use my race to protect myself against accusations of being anti-white. I am not married to or dating a white person. However, I do have white relatives and white friends. I cannot prove this online, but I can prove that Tim Wise, a white person, is in fact my blog-friend. You see, even though many white people consider Tim Wise to be the self-hating white guy, the fact that I am associated with him actually elevates my status and credibility in the eyes of white folk, because he is white, and I am not. The perceived anti-white white person is seen as less anti-white than the perceived anti-white person of colour, after all.
Exhibit A: Tim Wise linked to me on his old blogroll
If you look at Tim Wise’s old blogroll, my blog, Restructure!, is actually listed.
Exhibit B: Tim Wise linked to me again on his new blogroll.
If you look at Tim Wise’s new blogroll, my blog is still listed!
Exhibit C: Tim Wise linked to a whole bunch of my posts.
In Tim Wise’s Social Science Roundup: Research on Race and Gender Bias, all five links point to this blog. Four are links to individual blog posts, and the fifth links to this blog’s main page.
As you can see, Tim Wise, the most famous white anti-racist, is my white blog-friend. I am not anti-white, because my blog-friend is white.