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How to Be a Reverse Racist

By July 2, 2012

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Reverse racism is arguably the hottest form of racism in the 21st century. It's not that whites actually face widespread discrimination in the employment, education and housing sectors. By and large they still attend better schools than people of color do, live in better neighborhoods than minorities do and have lower unemployment rates and higher salaries than blacks and Latinos do. What's more, many states nationwide have banned affirmative action, making it harder for whites to claim that they're victims of reverse racism. Yet, reverse racism claims keep rolling in. Prominent blacks such as President Barack and Michelle Obama, U.S. Attorney Gen. Eric Holder, the Rev. Al Sharpton and the Rev. Jesse Jackson have all been accused of hating white people.

Aware of this nonsensical trend, two women of color named A.D Song and Mia McKenzie have written a satirical how-to piece called "How to Be a Reverse Racist: An Actual Step-By-Step List for Oppressing White People." So, how can people of color oppress white people? The ladies basically suggest doing all the things to whites that whites have done to people of color -- enslaving them, stealing their land, eliminating or appropriating their customs, referring to them as racial slurs and including only negative portrayals of them in the media, not to mention telling them they're not beautiful and colonizing their minds in such a way that they suffer from internalized racism.

Just to be crystal clear, this guide is satire. The writers don't actually intend for readers to take their advice. The point is to show what circumstances whites would really have to find themselves in to truly claim they've been victimized by reverse racism.

Check out the guide in its entirety here.


Comments

July 4, 2012 at 6:34 am
(1) Tiffany says:

This to me is the crux of reverse racism: that a book on how to oppress white people could even be published and discussed even as Ms. Nittle points out that it is meant as a satire. I can only imagine that if someone found it humorous to write a book on how to, for example, re-enslave people of color that no matter how far fetched the ideas that there would be an outcry and immediate denunciation that such “humor” was in poor taste, politically incorrect, etc.

I enjoy this column for bringing these types of issues up for discussion in a neutral and informative way. Thank you.

July 4, 2012 at 6:36 pm
(2) Alex says:

There are a number of blacks who talk about reverse racism even though they do not use that term. Bill Cosby comes to mind first. See, reverse racism is when a black person feels some form of racist feelings towards a white person or persons. These feelings could include unwarranted fear and suspicion, to name two. The end result could be an inability or an unwillingness of those blacks to reach their full capacity in society.

Most whites have experienced racism from blacks at one time or another, but usually the racism is behavior coming from one person and is therefore relatively insignificant. However, deep-seated racism does exist in too many blacks, and the end result often is that those blacks fail to reach their potential.

July 6, 2012 at 5:55 pm
(3) Robert says:

Hi…

I didn’t read the guide… but I am assuming it is funny.

What is not funny is white people (like myself) using the term or believing in reverse racism in this county. It might exist in Uganda… but not here. The African American community does not have the power to oppress the White Community. It does not have the institutional force to remove the rights of white people. It can not take lawfully take away property, enslave or kill White people.

What is going is… because of the demographic shifts in this country… is the lost of “white majority” power… which is one reason why the republican party has grown…

But then “white majority” power has always been an illusion. It has benifitted the powers that be… to keep the poor and the middle class segements seperated… they have used race and ethnic devisions to do so… when we start seeing the debate in terms of class rather than race… then we will be better able to heal some of the abuses that have occured between white, blacks, hispanics, asians, native americans and arab americans…

July 9, 2012 at 9:19 pm
(4) Robert says:

Racism exists because of ignorance and lack of some basic education on relationships and how to be a human being.. This doesn’t mean a highly educated person is not racist. It means people with deep seated fears and ignorant on the understanding of what other people have to endure and live with can create a cycle of racism. People of color have always had to feel out side of the mainstream. As a white person you cannot totally understand what some people have to put up with. An example : A black woman friend goes into store, the clerk follows her around to help her, well you would think so but really to watch her (maybe she is planning to steal something). This is what the black woman feels.
A black woman walks into a restroom. A white woman standing at the mirror brushing her hair instinctively grabs and pulls her purse close to herself. The black woman notices, and thinks “what does she think I am going to steal her purse.”
This day-in-day out sort of action and reaction can continue the cycle of ignorance. We have to all start to change the way we interact with all races. We have to tear down the stereotype assumptions that we make. Teat people the way we want to be treated.
As a white person I try very hard to understand the subtle remarks and actions that we make that can be viewed as racism. My black friends help me to understand and are open about my questions to help improve all of our lives. We have along way to go, but we must try and travel down the road to eliminate the fear and problem. Today I point out to people things I see that are wrong, not in a negative way but in a way that helps in understanding how we all can do better..

July 16, 2012 at 3:47 pm
(5) baphl says:

I admire Roberts for the empathy and respect she demonstrated in her comments. In order for things to change it will take white people to speak out and be allies to those of us, of color, who aré working towards social equality.

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