(@ShanniiWrites should make a blog post on this. Just saying! )
This is probably one of my biggest pet peeves ever. I’ve seen this on Twitter and Instagram before people saying “Black people can’t be racist”.
As a fellow (half) black person, I would like to point out that this statement racist in itself. It’s just plain wrong. I’ve seen so many black people be racist.
Why can black people be racist? Let’s unpack.
Definition of racism: prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against a person or people on the basis of their membership of a particular racial or ethnic group, typically one that is a minority or marginalized
The worlds “typically” are slanted, because racism usually affects minorities/POC, but that doesn’t mean always. White people can be victims of racism. Black people can be racist towards white people, or people of other race, or even towards their own race. (if you’ve ever watched Doctor Phil)
Thus, this is a dumb statement which paints the sender as a racist. In short, don’t say any race can’t be racist/victims of racism or you yourself will be assumed as a racist. All races can be racist. All races can be victims of racism. Racism isn’t specific to any race.
Thoughts below? I’m curious to hear your opinion!