So I didn’t want to talk about this. I tried very hard to ignore it, yet the topic has found me, multiple times, despite me being in Nicaragua. So I do what I must: educate the masses. Because that is what I am called to do. Living in my skin, is a journey I have all my own and I cannot expect anyone of another hue to understand unless I enlighten them.
Here’s to enlightenment.
This blog post is about exposing widely accepted lies and unapologetically stated the writer’s opinion based on facts. Do not keep reading if you can’t handle the truth, don’t want to be wrong and/or are not ready for another way of thinking.
So let’s get into it. Firstly, the proper definition of racism:
1. a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human racial groups determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one’s own race is superior and has the right to dominate others or that a particular racial group is inferior to the others.
2. a policy, system of government, etc., based upon or fostering such a doctrine; discrimination.
3. hatred or intolerance of another race or other races.
Now keeping that in mind, let’s define prejudice:
1. an unfavorable opinion or feeling formed beforehand or without knowledge, thought, or reason.
2. any preconceived opinion or feeling, either favorable or unfavorable.
3. unreasonable feelings, opinions, or attitudes, especially of a hostile nature, regarding an ethnic, racial, social, or religious group.
Before I get into the why, here’s the bottom, irrefutable, unquestionable answer: rreverse racism does not exist.
Now the why:
Racism is structural, not personal. If I have the luxury of being your boss, I can choose to hire an all black staff. If that decision was made intentionally to keep out other races, instead of providing blacks with opportunities they are so often denied, that does not make you victim of reverse racism. It makes me prejudice of people of a certain color. ‘Tis all.
1. People swear minorities take all this scholarship money and jobs from whites….
aka Affirmative action (an action or policy favoring those who tend to suffer from discrimination, especially in relation to employment or education)
but let’s check the stats.
White students receive more than three-quarters (76%) of all institutional merit-based scholarship and grant funding, even though they represent less than two-thirds (62%) of the student population, according to the report published by Mark Kantrowitz, the financial aid guru behind Fastweb.com and FinAid.org.*
It’s just an untrue idea that continues to be perpetuated.
And although it might seem to play in minorities favor, it actually helps more white women than the others. See this TIME article
for more info on that.
2. Having things “black” things does not take away from white things
I.e., Black Girls Rock, Black History Month, BET, Black-ish, etc.
I want you to think briefly on what you see on any tv channel, just flick through any channel. White faces. What does every President except the current one have in common? White faces. Who writes the history books that every school must read? White people. White people have pretty much have it all.. minorities of all descendants have to fight for the very basic things we have.
So nope, not reverse racism, just a little fish trying to make it in a big pond. Attempts to rectify systemic oppression does not mean reverse racism, it means there should be and we are fighting for true equality in all facets of life. Never noticing that you are NOT in the room means you are ALWAYS in the room, which is a benefit we do not have. So I say bravo to those pioneering more black shows, more black channels, more black models, more black products, because there is just not enough out there for us, by us.
3. Systemic Oppression
You just can’t change history honey and we, everyone in the world, are bound by history. I believe the phrase goes something like, “those who forget the past, are bound to repeat it.” So let’s peruse our sad history:
- Jim Crow Laws
- Racial Disparity in Jailing
- Unemployment rates by race
- Media Portrayal of different races
Just to name a few. As a black woman there is nothing I can do to change my skin or my hair to fit in. I can change my name, because studies have shown that you’re less likely to get hired having an “ethnic name.” I will not be paid the same as you and I can forget being promoted at the same rate. I can do everything in my power to be the exact opposite of stereotypes because the black actress doesn’t have to be angry. The latina woman doesn’t have to be a maid or speak broken English and the asian male does not have to be a brainiac. The system was not built in my favor. Acknowledging that AND how you benefit from it, does not make you racist, it makes you a realist.
All in all , if you didn’t get all that, it’s described quite clearly in a scene from 2013’s “Dear White People” that is applicable to all minorities.
and that’s all folks. *drops mic*