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It’s important to acknowledge it doesn’t exist

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.

The overt display of gaslighting

Picture of Black woman standing in front of window.
Picture of Black woman standing in front of window.

The fact of the matter is, dark-skinned Black women face colourism like no other. ‘‘ You're just jealous of light-skinned women" and ‘‘You're just insecure'', are two examples of colourist rebuttals that are uttered to us daily. Although, our beautifully enriched shades of melanin, are often subject to prejudice.

Gaslighting is defined as an attempt to make (someone) believe that he or she is going insane (as by subjecting that person to a series of experiences that have no rational explanation).

Keeping that in mind, we can think of our skin being turned into a weapon, one that is used…

Racism is mentally exhausting and I’m beyond tired

Growing up I’ve always been aware of my race, the culmination of racism, colourism and texturism made me aware that I was Black from a young age. Due to racism, I was constantly fed the idea that Black was undesirable, unworthy and unwanted by those around me. By age five I already started being told that I needed to have thick skin and to be strong to navigate this world as a Black person.

Countless experiences with racism in predominantly white spaces and glaring stares in public places were the main reminders of my Blackness growing up and even up…

Politics is the new code word for “Race” and “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…

It's not hard

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. …

Would they love me as much as they love my culture?

Woman facing sideaways with a pair of gold and black sunglasses.
Woman facing sideaways with a pair of gold and black sunglasses.

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. …

Whitesplaining reaffirms racism and white supremacy

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…

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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

Zodiac: Capricorn

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…

How this translates into our one-dimensional standard of beauty

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. …

#2 Educate yourself

Image of two women smiling into camera.
Image of two women smiling into camera.

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…

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