Exploring the concept of reverse racism & answering the question “can Black people be racist?”
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Can Black people be racist?
The short answer to this is “no, not really.”
Across social media & even in public many Black people are accused of being racist on a daily basis. But when we break down why they are accused of this we realise that many times this stems from “white fragility”.
Reverse Racism is a Myth
Assumptions & stereotypes are examples of racial prejudice, not racism. Racial prejudice refers to a set of discriminatory or derogatory attitudes based on assumptions deriving from perceptions about race. Thus, racial prejudice can indeed be directed at white people. For example: white people can’t dance. However, this is not considered racism because of the systemic relationship of power. When backed with power, prejudice results in acts of discrimination & oppression against Black people.
Reverse racism is a myth because it tries to ignore the fundamental question of who holds more power. The myth of reverse racism assumes that racism occurs on a so-called level playing field.
“Reversal of negativity”
Whenever someone has accused me of reverse racism, I have always been perplexed at the idea of having the prefix “reverse” added onto a negative word.
We have to understand that when you use the word “reverse” as a prefix, it means to correct a problem or issue.
If you were to reverse cancer you would get rid of cancer. Reverse the ageing process? Reversing the balding process? You get the idea.
So in essence if someone was a “reverse racist” it would mean that they are attempting to get rid of racism. But to really expose what they mean when they call a Black person a “reverse racist”. Is this. “Stop exposing my racism”. Because the real definition of reverse racism is actually telling the truth and making white people feel uncomfortable by doing so.
In the same way that some people may believe that my “reverse” prefix argument is playing word semantics, the same can be said about the notion of Black people being racist.
A statement I made recently was “ONLY Black people can be victims of racism!”
“Racism is anti-Blackness”
Black people can’t be racist, because racism in essence is anti-Blackness.
Racism is not simply about white supremacy. In fact, it revolves around the oppression of Black people primarily. Different non white groups build their own superiority off the backs of Black people. Black people are the only RACE that can be victims of racism ANYWHERE on the planet. Black people can also be oppressed in their OWN LANDS. A Chinese man, a Sicilian woman, a Mexican man, an Indian woman & a Saudi Arabian man in America may be a victim of prejudice & bigoted actions revolving around their ethnicity, culture, religion or race. But in their homelands this would not apply. However, in their indigenous lands they would not be victims of RACISM, unless they happen to also be Black.
Black people can be victims of racism in Europe, Asia, the Americas, Australia & EVEN in Africa. Racism is prejudice plus power. Non Black people also have the power to oppress Black people on their own soil. That’s the true measure of racism. We need to realize that racism is a hatred of Black people. So the answer to “can Black people be racist?”, is a solid NO!