The Best Best Friends for Black People
Technology is making friendship harder for everyone, but especially for black people (because reasons). It can be hard to know who will be there for you. Here’s a carefully curated list of candidates.
- Don Sterling
As the longest-tenured owners in the NBA, the Sterlings have employed five African American coaches, scores of African American players, an African American general manager who held that job for 22 years and staff who helped the NBA receive a laudable “A+” in racial hiring practices. Indeed, Mr. Sterling recently terminated a Caucasian head coach and traded for an African American head coach who is now among the most highly paid and respected in the league.
- Trent Lott
I’m for affirmative action and I’ve practiced it. I’ve had African Americans on my staff and other minorities, but particularly African Americans, since the mid-1970s.
- Robert Tomanovich, who hung Confederate flags and two nooses outside of his business
I know black guys, I have black friends.
- [Edited] The parents of kids who attended any of the several racially segregated proms held in 2009. One student complained saying
I have as many black friends as I do white friends. We do everything else together. We hang out. We play sports together. We go to class together. I don’t think anybody at our school is racist.
- Joe Biden
I might add if you ever come to the train station with me you’ll notice that I have great relations with them because there’s an awful lot of them driving cabs and are friends of mine for real. I’m not being solicitous. I’m being serious.
- George Zimmerman, whose black friend Joe Oliver said
As a black man, if I didn’t know George Zimmerman, I would be outraged too. But I do know him.
- Michael Richards
When I was growing up, some of my best friends were African Americans.
- Boston police officer Justin Barrett said of the arrest of black Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
If I was the officer he verbally assaulted like a banana-eating jungle monkey, I would have sprayed him in the face with OC.
Later, he apologized and we found the true nature of his heart:
I have so many friends of every type of culture and race you can name and I am not a racist.
- The Confederacy, according to a fourth grade Virginia textbook
Thousands of Southern blacks fought in the Confederate ranks, including two black battalions under the command of Stonewall Jackson.
- Acclaimed Shakespearian actor and presidential assassin John Wilkes Booth (hat tip Ta-Nehisi Coates)
This country was formed for the white, not for the black man. And looking upon African Slavery from the same stand-point held by the noble framers of our constitution. I for one, have ever considered if one of the greatest blessings (both for themselves and us,) that God has ever bestowed upon a favored nation. Witness heretofore our wealth and power; witness their elevation and enlightenment above their race elsewhere. I have lived among it most of my life, and have seen less harsh treatment from master to man than I have beheld in the North from father to son. Yet, Heaven knows, no one would be willing to do more for the negro race than I, could I but see a way to still better their condition. [Vik: emphasis added]
- Dylann Storm Roof
Storms historic Black church, kills 9 people, wears apartheid flag patch. “He had black friends and is quiet.” pic.twitter.com/BOi6rKXkY9
— Raquel E Saraswati (@RaquelEvita) June 18, 2015