“4 ‘Reverse Racism’ Myths That Need To Stop”

Jess Brooks
Aug 9, 2016 · 2 min read

“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…

White people can experience prejudice from black people and other non-whites. Black people can have ignorant, backwards ideas about white people, as well as other non-white races. No one is trying to deny that. But racism is far more complex.

Before you cry outrage and send me a nasty email about how reverse racist this article is, calm down. Listen

Affirmative action does not favor people of color over whites, but ensures that they are considered equally. Even now, white college students are 40% more likely to get private scholarships than minorities, and although 62% of college students in America are white, these students receive 69% of all private scholarships. Someone with a “white sounding” name is 50% more likely to get a job call back than a person with an “ethnic” sounding name. Affirmative action doesn’t take anything away from anyone. It levels the playing field…

Black people conforming to white or Western standards of beauty is the product of a need to survive in a society in which wearing hair in its natural state can cost black men and women their jobs and even their educations

“Why isn’t there a White History Month?” you ask? To repeat a very true cliché — all history is white history. Most black children in America will learn they are descended from slaves before they learn they are descended from ancient African civilizations.”

That plaintive “listen” tho.

And we really need to talk about the fundamentally abysmal education about African cultures and nations. I only learned about my African ancestors because I happened to go to an awesome private middle school, and even then it’s possible that I only leaned as much because I happened to have a Ghanaian history teacher.

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