Eugene, OR – Sources report that members of University of Oregon’s Black Student Union (BSU) unanimously expressed relief this morning in regards to mainstream media’s shift of attention from black people to Muslims.
These feelings emerged from a discussion about Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, during which several members mentioned that, although they were eager to show support via social media and MLK Day March for the reverend’s powerful impact on the philosophies of peace, love, and equality, they nonetheless found reprieve in knowing they would not have to try as hard as they would have a few weeks ago before the terrorist attacks on Charlie Hebdo, which completely altered the public’s racial consciousness.
“I’m glad I can discuss how we’re definitely not in a post-racial society, and not see as much ignorant shit as I would if I were Middle-Eastern or Muslim,” BSU leader Jessica Wright said. “But I can’t get too relaxed, or else white people might start calling that black privilege.”
“People are looking at me pretty nicely today,” BSU junior Jonathan Crawskin said while participating in the MLK Day March. “But for some reason, I get the feeling that it’s not because of MLK Day, but rather because black people aren’t seen as synonymous with terrorism and prone to eradicating those who blaspheme African-American culture.”
Several union members proceeded to elaborate that they were certainly at ease from the public’s concern shifting from King, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Trayvon Martin being murdered by a white man, a white man, a white man, and an Hispanic man from a white family, respectively, to two Muslim extremists murdering twelve white men in France.
“I’m still seeing a lot of #JeSuisCharlie to raise awareness for the cartoonists who were murdered by a couple of Muslims for their free speech,” social media manager Jazmin Garth said. “Of course, Martin Luther King, Jr., and hundreds of others from the black community have been murdered by white people for their free speech … and showing support for the black community today is seen as an overzealous joke by a lot of people’s ‘post-racial society’ standards. So, I guess it all comes down to #JeSuisCharlie having a better ring to it than #BlackLivesMatter. Whatever, less work for me.”
One BSU member, who came out as Muslim, confessed awkward feelings regarding what he should support. “This is a weird day for me, man,” the member, freshman Jamal Ali said. “On the one hand, America has a long way to go to realize that it’s not even close to post-racial for black people; but on the other hand, it is, like, 90% racial for anyone who looks Middle-Eastern.”