Many of you were stuck, in 1995, and, sadly, even now, in a whiteness that didn't have to know, that wasn't punished for not knowing. It is hard for you to give up this willful ignorance. It is a drug. It is privilege and addition. Your whiteness is a shield that keeps you from knowing what black folk must always know. Not until the [O. J.] Simpson verdict did many of you claim that you were finally awakened to what black folk had to know every day. But if so, you went back to sleep pretty damn quickly.
-- Michael Eric Dyson, Tears We Cannot Stop, p. 59