White wokester attitudes about people of color boil down to this: POCs (particularly African Americans) have been so consistently and systemically marginalized, held back and shat upon for four centuries, that we now need to level the playing field by tilting the game in their favor as much as possible to counterbalance generations of white preferentialism.

John McWhorter and many other people of character, higher education and candor believe this is more or less a valid assessment of things. But if white people tweet or verbalize this observation they might be labelled as white supremacists and suffer professionally as a result. McWhorter doesn’t have to sweat this one.