White privilege is being able to claim with a straight face that saying “tar baby” is not ipso facto racist and having persons take you seriously.
I’m a Southern boy. I know racism when I see it.
Racism is not dressing in sheets; that’s merely the extreme and the extremists. Rather, it’s an implicit, almost subconscious, way of viewing the world and interpreting events.
If you think “tar baby” is not a racist term, rent and watch Song of the South, in all its candied Disney glory. I watched it a couple of years ago (my only previous exposure was seeing the cartoon portions on the old Walt Disney Show when I was a young ‘un); watching the complete movie while knowing that it was a ginormous hit when it was released was painful and embarrassing.
And it damn well should embarrass Disney.