The New Math

Explaining racism to people who believe in reverse racism is exhausting. Here’s me trying it today in Facebook:

Anyone is capable of prejudice. A POC saying “all white people are trash” is prejudice.

But if we stop at that, we are being willfully ignorant and we are a part of the problem, not the solution. Prejudice is something anyone can have. Racism is not, and this is in no way a “rebranding” (this person told me that me calling prejudice racism was rebranding prejudice). These are two different things and understanding the differences is absolutely necessary for anyone who is going to be part of the solution.

Consider WHY a Black American watching the news today might say, “All White people are trash.”

Then consider why a white person watching the news today might say, “All black people are trash.”

Of course, there isn’t just one reason for each, but if you really consider it while applying sound Critical Thinking, you will come to the conclusion that—at the very least—these two theoretical people have different reasons. What you will hopefully realize is that while SOME white people have been victims of the system and have had shitty lives through no fault of their own, EVERY SINGLE BLACK AMERICAN has experienced systemic racism—at the very LEAST in the form of decreased economic and educational opportunities, and only because of the color of their skin.

It’s not this simple

Hit me. I can take it.

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