A State University of New York professor wrote in a blog post this month that he feels oppressed by homeless white men who beg for food and money in his neighborhood, and fantasizes about attacking them.
Nicholas Powers, an associate professor of black literature at SUNY Old Westbury, made the confession in a since-deleted essay headlined “Seeing poor white people makes me happy. It was published by the RaceBaitr blog on June 11.
Powers recounted walking past a “homeless white boy” and having hateful and violent thoughts about him because of “the history of colonization, slavery and mass incarceration.”
On one occasion, Powers recalled thinking of the man: “Should I kick him in the face? Hard? No, chill, he’s not worth it. But why is this white boy begging for money in a Black neighborhood? Is he stupid?”
Another time, when the man asked him for something to eat, Powers said he mused, “”Baby, you stole all mine,” and also, “Who is he? Why is he here? Where are his people?”
Noting that the man was “sunburnt and thin” with scabs covering his mouth apparently did not trigger Powers’ empathy.
Powers said of the man: “Here is a descendant of murderers who killed our ancestors now begging us to save their life.” He also said that a white person “begging Black people for money [is] ironic – if not insulting. You wasted your whiteness! Why should we give to you?” READ MORE