Letters to the Editor

‘Whitesplaining’ why black athletes shouldn’t sit during the national anthem

At the core of whitesplaining is the notion that the white experience is the one American experience.
At the core of whitesplaining is the notion that the white experience is the one American experience. deulitt@kcstar.com

Explain it to me

I was particularly motivated to share the concept of “whitesplaining” after reading a recent letter to the editor about NFL players choosing to kneel during the national anthem, not respecting the flag (as the writer understands it) and telling us “what the U.S. flag is.”

Although definitions vary, Wiktionary defines whitesplaining as a modern colloquialism that generally refers to the act of a non-minority explaining something condescendingly to someone who is not white — especially regarding race relations or minority behavior, presuming the listener’s inferior understanding.

According to this letter, these athletes couldn’t possibly have a thoughtful rationale for doing what they’re doing, so he will gladly (condescendingly) explain.

Don’t these black athletes know that people died for that flag? Thanks for the reminder. I don’t think they knew that.

At the core of whitesplaining is the notion that the white experience is the one American experience.

Instead of feeling obligated to explain what the U.S. flag is to these black athletes, perhaps some people ought to ask themselves why others see America so starkly different from themselves.

Guy Adam Niederhauser

Kansas City

  Comments