For some people, reverse racism is an unfeigned issue in society. They believe racism can be flipped around and made subject to the people who do not have to worry about their skin color making them susceptible to discrimination.
Essentially, they hold the belief that the roles can somehow be reversed and the oppressor can become the oppressed. It is important, however, to acknowledge that this isn’t true — racism doesn’t work like that.
Yes, racism does involve someone feeling superior to another race, but that is just the tip of the enormous iceberg that follows the complexity of racism.
"I'm not a political person, so I don't usually discuss race."
"I think Black Lives Matter is political."
"Agh! Everything is so political nowadays."
All three of these sentences are code for race and racism, in the context of fragility and being uncomfortable.
The fact of the matter is that topics about racism and the products of racism should not be off-limits. Talking about systemic racism, interpersonal racism and structural racism in all facets of life for BIPOC shouldn't be regarded as “politics.” Society often frames and equates racism as a political matter that communities shouldn't bring into talking spaces…
There are a plethora of habits, thought processes and notions that are contributing to the halt of societal progression. It is important for white people to acknowledge all these factors that are contributing to slowing our push for change.
If white people looked at these factors and assessed whether they are actively contributing to reaffirming racism and upholding white supremacy by continuing these habits.
It shouldn't be an unbearable task to recognise and to be aware and actively work to dismantle what is upholding white supremacy. …
Black culture is the centre stage, it's jampacked in innovation and an abundance of creativity. It is a diverse culmination of our music, hair, cuisines, talents and style. Its magnitude is responsible for society's popular culture.
Black culture is everywhere, in the galore of varying fashion trends and styles, all genres of music and slang that is used universally. Black culture is the root of popular culture we can't deny it, the influence is impeccable. Black culture is alluring, drawing millions to it, people love it. …
Imagine someone correcting you on your own emotions and lived experiences. Denying you of your own feelings, making you feel as though you are in the wrong. They twist your words, jumble them up and tell you that you're ''too sensitive'' and ''taking things too far'', all on the basis of something they've never had to deal with: racism.
To be so angered by me vocalising my experiences of racism in this world, they often resort to a tactic that acts as a blanket to their fragility: whitesplaining. For you to tell me, a Black woman, that I'm overreacting when…
Hello, everyone, I'm Petiri, and I enjoy writing about Race, Culture, and Society. The main purpose of my writing is to inform and educate society on the issues marginalized groups have endured and continue to live through. I often write opinion pieces and personal essays on the Black experience. These topics include Racism, Colourism, and Featurism, just to name a few.
My name means: Where we are
Interests: Watching basketball, reading, and listening to music.
Favourite artists: Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar, and Chloe x Halle.
Favourite writers: Malcolm X and Angela Davis.
I would describe myself as: Ambitious, Helpful…
Plastic sits inside of the screen that we spend countless hours staring into daily. Plastic is the rectangular judgement looking glass that we stand in front of every morning, afternoon and night, is made from plastic. To some, plastic is what they see through on their feeds and timelines when scrolling.
As a society, plastic consumes our minds and our perceptions of beauty, we use plastic as a tool to judge ourselves and each other. …
Unconscious bias is present everywhere, it sits within our minds and we don't even realise it at times. Our unintended preferences are created from the narrowed and stereotypical representation of different groups in the media, thus affecting our judgements of those around us.
In research conducted by the University of San Fransisco, California reveals unconscious biases as social stereotypes about certain groups of people that individuals form outside their own conscious awareness. Everyone holds unconscious beliefs about various social and identity groups, and these biases stem from one’s tendency to organise social worlds by categorising.
To address your unconscious biases…
Upon the release of the Sussexes interview with Oprah Winfrey on March 7th. Meghan Markle has received a wave of gaslighting. That being in response to her statements regards to her mental health and racial issues within the British media.
Let’s please acknowledge that the Sussexes were quiet when Meghan was being bullied by the British press and while she was pregnant with her first child. Amidst all this, they were silent. But now that she decides to speak her truth, they are suppressed, silenced and bullied for their lived experience.
As Black women, we will not be silenced nor…
They said I was Black on the outside, white on the inside. Black but not too black, a perfectly poised token for you to blindly glorify me as. The term ''Oreo'' was assigned to me and lingered on my mind for years. Some may think it's a compliment, when in fact it showcases society's narrow and monolithic view of Black people.
The term ''Oreo'' was assigned to me because those around me saw me as the Black girl who had stepped out of their pre-assigned stereotypic characterisation of those who looked like me.
Being an Oreo is associated with being…