“Nameya’s a racist!”
You’d be surprised how often I get called a racist by a group of White men and/or women who just sang the lyrics to a Kendrick Lamar song and made sure to belt out every “nigga” they could fit in to a song that only lasts three minutes.
Tensions are running high in the White community as Black men and women from around the world are starting to call them out on their shit, (including me), so they revert to the “reverse racism” card and hope it works just as well as the “WHITES ONLY” bathroom signs worked in the 1950s.
Here’s the thing folks, if you are an outspoken POC, being called a racist is probably something you hear on the daily. All of a sudden, educating yourself on black history, (which didn’t begin or end with slavery, kids), and calling out ignorance when you see it is racist; and it’s usually by the sensitive White folks in your community who feel attacked, even though there are young men and women being shot dead in the streets for the colour their skin. The amount of times I’ve gotten into a heated argument on why it isn’t okay to say the “n-word” just because the rapper on the television said it, or why I won’t accept Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States of America.
I’m constantly under scrutiny for the things I say around White folks, because they aren’t used to being the race held accountable for anything!
See, I always hear the same argument over and over again: “But not all White people!”
Yes, Becky, not all White people but clearly too many White people, otherwise we wouldn’t be having this discussion. The community of POC are not looking for apologies. Instead, all we’re looking for is for you to educate yourself! When you find yourself amidst a debate on what’s wrong with wearing ‘black-face’ on Halloween, before you throw a temper tantrum and insist that your Snoop Dogg costume just won’t be the same without an afro wig and NW40 MAC foundation , just listen. Listen to what the person has to say, because maybe you’ll have something to learn. After all, we aren’t looking for you to apologise on behalf of your ancestors, (because we’d rather just have our land back), instead, all we’re hoping for is progression within a race. I mean, you take so much away from the black community, you’d think the history of our people would be one of them, but…
Anyway, the next time you want to call a POC a racist, ask yourself this:
Did you season your food today?