The White Ambassador, 2011
The White Ambassador started by going to Harlem to tell black people that they could be racist, but many said they didn’t have enough power to be racist. Therefore, he adjusted his approach to say that black people could have prejudice. That was received better but still not well, and three common arguments arose — “White people started it”, “White people don’t care what we think”, and “White people don’t need to be defended”. From there, The White Ambassador made more adjustments. He decided before criticizing blacks in Harlem, he would first admit his own racist past in front of them. Following this, The White Ambassador went to the Upper East Side to see if white people cared or not what blacks said. He was mostly ignored by white people in the street. Perhaps it was because they weren’t aware of the stereotype, or they didn’t care, or the ambassador was intimidating in whiteface. He returned to Harlem and told black folks that he didn’t find that white people cared about the comments of black people, and they were right in the first place.