- Ololade Akingbade, of Boston, center, displays a placard during a rally near Boston Police headquarters, Wednesday, April 29, 2015, in Boston. The rally, held in support of Baltimore protesters angered by the death of a black man in police custody, was organized by Mass Action Against Police Brutality. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Reverse racism is not real people. A racist is a person who believes that a particular race is superior to another. Blacks have never used their skin color to enforce supremacy. Racism is a complex interaction that deems one group of people as superior than another because of primary determinant of human traits and capacities.
Race is not biology, it is a socially constructed idea of a group of people who share similar and distinct physical characteristics and is influenced by a hierarchy.
It is constructed to keep one group of people in power and another group of people oppressed.
The definition of race was formulated from the work of Carl Linnaeus , a scientist who studied anatomy, botany, and physiology (the study of normal function within living beings). Along with work added by Carl Linnaeus, Charles Darwin, Alfred Russell Wallace and a few others in the 17th century and 18th century, a new classification of plants, animals, and humans had developed. Race was then implemented and studied as being biological.
Humans were then labeled as everything but human!
Every time one of our black innocent brothers gets hurt, attacked, or murdered by the police,there’s always a few white people on social media that say black people are low key racists for being so angered by the mass killings of our people.
In order to understand racism, you must first also understand that racism is a learned behavior. White families and black families are not having the same dialogue in their households.
Black people are not being taught in their families to discriminate against white people, instead black boys and black girls are being told ‘hey at some point in your life because of the color of your skin, someone may not like who you are.’
Now black parents are forced to have conversations with their children on the consequences of being a black man in America. Black people can’t even give a speech about #BLACKLIVESMATTER at the BET Music Awards, without white mainstream America petitioning to get Actor Jesse Williams off of ABC’s Tv drama Grey’s Anatomy.
When we speak up for ourselves, the brutal attacks of black people are racists comes flying out the air by people who do not understand what it means to be black in America.
After reading ‘4 ‘Reverse Racism’ Myths That Need To Stop’ by journalist Zeba Blay from Voices Culture Writers, I figured I would share with my readers why black people can’t be racist!
Blay starts off by saying, ‘The “reverse racism” card is often pulled by white people when people of color call out racism and discrimination, or create spaces for themselves (think BET) that white people aren’t a part of.
‘The impulse behind the reverse racism argument seems to be a desire to prove that people of color don’t have it that bad, they’re not the only ones that are put at a disadvantage or targeted because of their race. It’s like the Racism Olympics. And it’s patently untrue.’
Blay goes on to say, ‘Some people simplify racism as one group not liking another, and think “racist” and “prejudiced” are interchangeable. But racism is a concept that operates on both an individual and institutional level. ‘
‘At its core, racism is a system in which a dominant race benefits off the oppression of others — whether they want to or not. We don’t live in a society where every racial group has equal power, status, and opportunity. Yes, white people all over the world and throughout history have experienced atrocities like slavery and persecution. But in the very specific context of American history, white people have not been enslaved, colonized, or forced to segregate on the scale that black people have. ‘
Racism is a systematic tool used in the United States to keep people who are oppressed by their oppressor in bondage. The laws of America were never made for black people. Even the 14th amendment did not successfully give us our rights and in many artifacts it states that it was never truly ratified (different discussion for another time).
The 15th amendment may have ‘given’ blacks the right to vote, but only in the presence of if blacks knew how to read. History has proven to us over and over again that yes we have rights, but our rights continue to get manipulated and taken away by those who are in control of the laws, law making and who are apart of the elite.
History has shown blacks being enslaved, beaten to death, raped, decapitated, lynched, drowned, eaten by dogs, shot at by white police officers, and placed in jail for the same things white people have done but have gotten away with.
I’m not justifying the behavior of any type of crime. Wrong is wrong, the difference is some white people don’t want to call their immoral unjust behavior wrong. That’s racist.
Blacks are not bringing whites down and oppressing white people, because blacks do not have that type of power to extort. Blacks can however be prejudice , which is a preconceived opinion that is not based on reason or actual experience.
Heck anyone can be prejudice and we are all prejudice to some extent because of mass media and propaganda. But when police brutality continues to only strike the lives of black men because white male cops are feeling inferior, so they use their supremacy to attack, that is not a sign of prejudice treatment. It is a sign of racism.
Simply put it, we are all in the food chain and in danger when it comes to those who extort their power for gain in this world. The problem is bigger than a socially constructed idea, so let’s stop fighting against one another and join forces .