RACISM: the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races.
That’s the dictionary definition of racism that too many in white society hold onto for dear life when talking about racism. That’s the definition they run to when a Black person calls them a racial slur. Anybody can racist under that definition. They use that so they can inject their “Black people can be racist too” rebuttal as an attempt to divert the conversation away from the real problem surrounding racism: SYSTEMIC RACISM also known as INSTITUTIONAL RACISM.
INSTITUTIONAL RACISM: a form of racism expressed in the practice of social and political institutions, as distinct from racism by individuals or informal social groups.
I’m just going to keep this post short…sort of.
The day I meet a Black person who has created a system which allows for him to legally prevent white people from participating in or achieving something in life is the day I’ll believe that Black people are truly racist.
The day I meet a white person who has had to have special laws created in their favor because a society full of Black men has historically excluded white people from damn near everything is the day I’ll believe that a Black person can be truly racist.
The day I turn on the TV and see white folks marching up & down the street protesting against police brutality because a bunch of cops are killing unarmed white people with impunity damn near every other week and the legal system made up of damn near all Black people finds any & every justification for said homicide is the day I believe Black people are truly racist.
The day I turn on the TV and see a national news network made up of mainly Black newscasters repeatedly telling me that white society’s biggest problem is “white on white crime” and white folks need to fix that shit before they complain about ANYTHING else is the day I’ll believe Black people are racist.
The day a white person sends their child to school to discover that their child is learning a BLACK-WASHED version of history in a textbook written by a Black person that turns all historical white figures Black is the day I’ll believe Black people are truly racist.
The day I learn about a white person applying for a job at a Black owned company and that white person’s resume is tossed in the trash for sounding “too white” is the day I’ll start believing Black people are racist.
The day I learn about a Black Supreme Court Justice stating that white people should attend “slower-track” universities because white students are intellectually inferior to Black people is the day I’ll believe Black people are racist.
The day that Hollywood becomes owned & controlled by Black people and Black people start producing movies depicting ancient Rome as a civilization ruled by Black people is the day I’ll start believing Black people are racist.
The day a Black Billionaire Presidential candidate can lead the polls on a platform of ignorance & racism & a bunch of Black people flock to his rallies to spew racist rhetoric & the Black controlled mainstream media gives him a pass is the day I’ll start believing Black people are racist.
The day a white person has to sit down & have an honest discussion about how his/her child may be perceived as a threat to a society full of Black people simply due to the type of clothes the child wears is the day I’ll believe Black people are racist.
The day a white child is killed by a Black vigilante and the Black mainstream media puts the deceased white child on trial & automatically sides with the Black vigilante is the day I’ll start thinking that maybe Black people are racist.
The day a Black cop chokes out a heavy set white man on camera who was allegedly selling loose cigarettes and a grand jury (more than likely comprised of mostly Black people) finds that Black cop innocent of all charges is the day Black people will become racist to me.
The day a little 12 year old white kid playing with a toy gun at a park across the street from his house and a Black cop rolls up on him & shoots him in less than 2 seconds and that cop is not charged with murder is the day I’ll believe Black people are racist.
I could go on & on, but even still, I’ve doubt any of those days will become a reality any time soon.
So white people, if a Black person calling you racist names is what you think racism truly is, then I honestly don’t expect white & Black people to ever move beyond this topic for the foreseeable future.