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“Reverse Racism”

There is no such thing.

When discussing racial slurs or anything race-related, the question of whether you can be racist towards white people is often raised. After all, terms like  “honky” or “cracker,” are frequently used to degrade whites so why don’t more people get as upset over it as they would when white people use words like “nigger.”

Ok so slurs against white people are quite obviously inappropriate and offensive, and people really should refrain from being assholes as much as possible but really, these words are so just so damn silly, so utterly pathetic that they hardly qualify as racial slurs at all, let alone slurs on a par with those that have been historically deployed against people of color. POC have little or no power over white people institutionally; we haven’t ever defined the terms of their existence, we haven’t ever limited their opportunities, and so white folks don’t need to worry much about the use of a slur to describe them since, in all likelihood, the slur is as far as it’s going to go.

So whereas “nigger” was and is a term used by whites to dehumanize blacks, to imply their inferiority, to “put them in their place” if you will, the same cannot be said of honky: after all, you can’t put white people in their place when they own the place to begin with. People argue this point by saying that racism is discriminating against someone because of their race, but this is where they’re fundamentally wrong. Prejudice is one person discriminating against another person because of their race (and or other factors). Racism is the systemic discrimination against and oppression of people of color by white people. No such systemic oppression of white people by people of color exists. So ‘racism’ against white people cannot logically be a thing.

The day that someone produces a newspaper ad that reads: “Twenty honkies for sale today: good condition, best offer accepted,” or “Cracker to be lynched tonight: whistled at black woman,” maybe then I’ll consider the concept of “reverse racism”. When white churches start getting burned down by militant blacks and browns who spray paint “kill the honkies” on the sidewalks outside, then maybe I’ll take seriously these concerns over “reverse racism.” Until then, that shit don’t exist.

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Shhhh..

“Hey I’m not racist or anything, but I’m going to keep repeating all the same racist messages, words, stereotypes, and jokes that I’ve internalized since childhood. I’ve personally risen above it all though – I just do it because it’s absurd”

Pfft, sure.

Let’s take a gander at what it really means

  • “I’m not Racist, but (insert racist shit here)” – So, obviously I am a racist because I just said something incredibly racist, but totally don’t want to take the title racist, so guess what, I’m just gonna say I’m not a racist and hope you’re stupid enough to believe me. Don’t call me out though, you see, we have this thing called Reverse Racism that we made up and we’re gonna use that on you.
  • “That’s Reverse Racism” – Although my reasons for disliking you are completely about my belief that you’re inferior and your reasons are out of being made inferior, I’m going to call them the same thing. I’m going to tell you that Affirmative Action is an example of Reverse Racism, but get this, Affirmative Action was created to level out the centuries upon centuries that I have had a head start in comparison to you.
  • “You can say nigga, but not me, that’s not fair” – Neither is the fact that I’m much less likely to get pulled over by the police and I can be a felon and still have a better chance at getting hired against your crime-free record, but hey, this isn’t about me! I’m more concerned with taking the one thing you can do that I can’t, which by the way, came out of centuries of oppression and cruelty. I don’t like that you can use a word that has historically hurt you, but I can’t use the same word, even though I’m the one who used it to hurt you.
  • “Appropriation? No, I just love your culture.” – I just really saw some cute Indian headband shit at Urban Outfitters and was completely unaware that it was your culture until you pointed it out. But keeping up with a summer trend is way more important than your people and the sacred meanings behind your accessories. come fall, new shit is gonna be out and your culture is going to be in my trash can but hey , I’m still appreciating you! Feel appreciated, damnit!
  • “I have Black People in my family/as friends.”– My racism is so apparent that I have to resort to the measure of bringing up a cousin by marriage on my aunt’s husband’s stepson’s side or a guy my science teacher made me do a project with as evidence that I don’t discriminate against Black People. And you know, slave masters and colonizers totally didn’t procreate with their victim.
  • “There’s a Black History Month, but no White History Month” – So, get this lawls! We actually do have a White History Month, but we’re just so fucking selfish that we decided to branch it off into subcategories (German, Italian, Polish, Italian, etc.) but you know, we’re still going to play the victim role here. Also, you have plenty of history that we either neglect or steal, so we’re just going to not discuss you in any of our history books, but get mad when you actually try to celebrate the history of yours that we’ve distorted.

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White History Month

“Why do vegans get to have special restaurants and menu items and stuff in the grocery store? There should be food just for meat-eaters!”

“How come gays get their own special clubs? How about a place where STRAIGHT people can dance and drink alcohol and hopefully hook up?”

“Why is it that wild animals get their own habitats? There should be areas that are predominantly populated by people! Hey, that was really alliterative! Predominantly populated by people”

“Night time? What about DAY TIME!?”

Okay that’s enough of that.

People who get mad about Black History Month tend to be people who have an enormous amount of unchecked privilege. And every February, without fail, hoards of white people take to the internet to complain about there not being a white history month. So… why don’t we celebrate white history month?

Because we already do that everyday.

AHEM! Drum roll please!

It is celebrated when a white man can look in a mirror and see a man, but a Black man who looks in a mirror sees a man of color.

It is celebrated when a majority of adverts, TV shows and movies depict white people than people of color.

It is celebrated when white women are complimented as beautiful because their beauty is seen as the norm, but women of color are told that they have an exotic beauty about them. Or this: “Yeah, she’s pretty for a black girl”.

It is celebrated when entire history textbooks are filled with the stories of white people with maybe a chapter or so on people of color.

It is celebrated when white people have never experienced disadvantages because of their skin color compared to people of color who experience life at a disadvantage everyday.

And if this still doesn’t prove my point, then please click on this very amusing link.

Also, to everyone who has said this and has access to the internet, books and other sources of information – shame on you. With the amount of information out there, did you really have to ask?

Lol. Look, I’m not hating on white people. Just check your damn privilege mmkay?

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“Not every white person is a racist, but the genius of racism is that you don’t have to participate to enjoy the spoils. If you’re white, you can be completely oblivious, passively accepting the status quo, and reap the rewards.”

– Mychal Denzel Smith, “White People Have to Give Up Racism” (via thenationmagazine)

“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.”

– Stephen R. Covey

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Backlash

[Read this post before you go any further]

Remember the contender "Reverse Sexism"? Well look out people, we have two new gladiators in the Arena of Stupidity. They go by the names of "Reverse Cultural Appropriation" and "Reverse Racism". 

I've been reading quite a few angry responses from white folks who are constantly invalidating the opinions of nearly ever person of color, who have taken on the exhausting task of explaining why cultural appropriation is wrong. Let's begin with this GIF and then move on to these angry responses..

Angry response 1: "People of color speak English! Isn't that cultural appropriation?"
Angry response 2: "I see people of color wearing Western clothes all the time. So why can't I be a Bollywood Diva for Halloween?"
Angry response 3: "I'm cherishing diversity – why is that wrong?! All I'm doing is supporting your culture" 

I could tell you why all these responses bear little weight but I honestly don't have the energy.. So instead, I ask you to read this post which explains very beautifully why it is some white folks should stop feeling so damn entitled. 

As for Western clothing, consider this:

"Trousers first enter recorded history in the 6th century BCE, with the appearance of horse-riding Iranian peoples in Greek ethnography. At this time, not only the Persians, but also allied Eastern and Central Asian peoples such as the Bactrians, Armenians, Tigraxauda Scythians and Xiongnu Hunnu, are known to have worn them.[3][4] Trousers are believed to have been worn by both sexes among these early users.

So we got pants/trousers for both sexes before white people. Whoa.

A straw-woven skirt dating to 3,900 B.C. was discovered in Armenia. Skirts have been worn by men and women from many cultures, such as the lungi, kanga and sarong worn in South Asia and Southeast Asia, and the kilt worn in Scotland.

The earliest known culture to have females wear clothing resembling miniskirts were the Duan Qun Miao, which literally meant “short skirt Miao” in Chinese. This was in reference to the short miniskirts “that barely cover the buttocks” worn by women of the tribe, and which were “probably shocking” to observers in medieval and early modern times.

We have skirts of different lengths too! Look at that!

The earliest known shoes are sandals dating from approximately 7,000 or 8,000 B.C., found in the Fort Rock Cave in the US state of Oregon. in 1938.[1] The world’s oldest leather shoe, made from a single piece of cowhide laced with a leather cord along seams at the front and back, was found in a cave in Armenia in 2008 and it is believed to date to 3,500 B.C. Ötzi the Iceman’s shoes, dating to 3,300 BC, featured brown bearskin bases, deerskin side panels, and a bark-string net, which pulled tight around the foot.

Many early natives in North America wore a similar type of footwear known as the moccasin. These are tight-fitting, soft-soled shoes typically made out of leather or bison hides. Many moccasins were also decorated with various beads and other adornments. Moccasins were not designed to get wet, and in wet weather and warm summer months, most Native Americans went barefoot.

As civilizations began to develop, thong sandals (the precursors of the modern flip-flop) were worn. This practice dates back to pictures of them in ancient Egyptian murals from 4,000 B.C. One pair found in Europe was made of papyrus leaves and dated to be approximately 1,500 years old. They were also worn in Jerusalem during the time of Jesus Christ.Thong sandals were worn by many civilizations and made from a wide variety of materials. Ancient Egyptian sandals were made from papyrus and palm leaves. The Masai of Africa made them out of rawhide. In India, they were made from wood. In China and Japan, rice straw was used. The leaves of the sisal plant were used to make twine for sandals in South America, while the natives of Mexico used the Yucca plant.

What about dresses? Well dresses, gowns and frocks are recorded as originally showing up in Medieval Europe. Also, there's Abaya's,the Ao Dia from Vietnam and the Boubou."

(Source: The Mind Is Limitless)

So really, western clothing is an adaptation and an amalgamation of several different cultures that have contributed to what it has become today. 

Checkmate, racists. 

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"Many nations of the third world are described as ‘underdeveloped’. These less wealthy nations are generally those that suffered under colonialism and neo-colonialism. The ‘developed’ nations are those that exploited their resources and wealth. Therefore, rather than referring to these countries as ‘underdeveloped’, a more appropriate and meaningful designation might be ‘over exploited’. Again, transpose this term next time you read about the ‘underdeveloped nations’ and note the different meaning that results.”
– Robert B. Moore

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