In the US, white people used to look to black people to learn about themselves. We have a lengthy history of literary and political culture that aggressively examines the lives of black Americans in an effort to milk them for the mysteries of white culture. You’ll be our mirror, says 19th and 20th Century Mr. & Mrs. White Folk.
It strikes me what with the re-emergence of the popular Birther movement this election cycle that white culture seems determined it has exhausted black Americans as a resource for the understanding the mysteries of whiteness. Now, white America is ready to return the favor, is willing to explain to black folks what lies deep within their dark anti-American hearts.
Black Laughter has given way to White Testimony.