Today's lesson, Racism. If you see something written here that you’ve said or done, use it as an opportunity. Take it as a wake up call and make the decision to grow, change and be conscious of your own privilege. Remember, I am not a speaker for the entirety of a people. Use this blog as a reference tool, not as the one and only view on the topic.
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Ever hear this after highlighting something racist a person just said? Yeah, me too.
To whom it may concern, a reaction to racism is not racist.
Sadly, racists seem to want everything they have and everything we have too. We aren’t going to be allowed to call them racist without them getting the same opportunity. We call racist because someone made some sweeping stereotypical judgment. We call racist because we were called a nigger. We call racist because we are being oppressed. They call racist because we are aware and they don’t like it.
See the difference?
Let me give you a quote that sums this all up…
“Usually the black racist has been produced by the white racist. In most cases where you see it, it is the reaction to white racism, and if you analyze it closely, it’s not really black racism… If we react to white racism with a violent reaction, to me that’s not black racism. If you come to put a rope around my neck and I hang you for it, to me that’s not racism. Yours is racism, but my reaction has nothing to do with racism…” ~Malcolm X