Because in America, we have come to think of racism only in terms of its extremes (slavery, Nazis, the KKK, Jim Crow, etc.), when Black people call out systemic racism, the average White person, not seeing themselves in any of these extremes, responds with defensiveness.
#NotAllWhitePeople, The Quiz

So much of the racism that pervades modern society is the result of apathy or lack of awareness, as opposed to an active resistance to integration or equality — so people can say, “But I use the correct terms and I support equal rights, so I’m not part of the problem.” But it’s just as problematic to be unaware of how your actions affect others as it is to deliberately exclude them. Colin Stokes gave an amazing talk on this special kind of privilege:

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