An author and instructor named Ben Philippe from Barnard College in New York appeared on the CBC’s ‘Q’ radio show.  During the show, he discussed his book, Sure, I’ll Be Your Black Friend in which he discusses detonating some kind of bomb with a deadly gas in it on all of the white people (or perhaps just the non-blacks?) around him during a segment of the book devoted to a theoretical future race war.  Normally, we would ignore these people as quacks.

But this man is in charge of teaching students.

The passage discussed reads:

“When this race war hits its crescendo, I’ll gather you all into a beautifully decorated room under the pretense of unity…I’ll give a speech to civility and all the good times we share; I’ll smile as we raise glasses to your good, white health, while the detonator blinks under the table, knowing the exits are locked and the air vents filled with gas.”

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But he also insists that he “is not a violent person.  I love all my white friends.”


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According to The Post Milennial, “that section” of the book related to detonating white people “used to be so much longer, so thank you to my editor for, like, condensing it.”

For a nonviolent guy who “loves” his white friends, he sounds like he is quite adept at fantasizing about killing white people in the first person.

Perhaps most bizarre, though, is that the Jewish host of ‘Q’ has family who survived the Holocaust.  She rightly recognizes the blatant racism and analogues to The Holocaust described in the passage of the book.  However, rather than condemn them, she instead attempts to reconcile them as though there is some kind of life-experience of the author that might justify them that she feels compelled to apologize for on the world’s behalf.

“I wanted to say to you that I’m so sorry that your experience of the world made you feel that way,” Says Talia Schlanger, the host.

Here is the full segment in context.


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