I’ve just about had it with white people claiming “reverse racism” at every off chance their whiteness is called into question and proactive measures are taken to reverse almost 400 years of their institutionalised privilege at the expense of Blacks.
Several weeks ago, I posted on my personal facebook account a meme making mirthless jest of the mountain of white privilege in Cape Town – this is not a cue to start the #capetownisracist debate. Immediately after I posted it, one of my facebook friends called me out on how “difficult it is to be [my] friend” because of my views on white South African whiteness (again, whiteness is a project, not a skin tone) and white racism.
Her view, not uncommon among white folks, was that in my interrogation and exposition of whiteness I was overgeneralising and painting all white people with the same (white?) brush which was tantamount to reverse racism. She drew attention to her own (white?) exceptionalism and rainbownationalism (some of my best friends are black?) and even that, in her view, the mountain of privilege in Cape Town was enjoyed far more than the emergent Black middle class than whites – again, not a cue for the #capetownisracist debate.
Indeed, I thought, having enough Black friends, being nice to one’s “maid” who’s “been in the family since [your] dad was a kid” and having to deal with the new-money excess of the five “black diamonds” in Cape Town’s lushest clubs is enough to absolve one of one’s whiteness.
Of course, the post was reported and subsequently deleted. Pity, as I’d have linked the entire thread. Nevertheless, in the spirit of nation building, I though I might post this guide on how to be a reverse racist.
“White people who are confronted with their white privilege and the white supremacist acts they perpetuate have been known to cry, “You’re being a reverse-racist!” That is completely true: people of color have the power and control to create, perpetuate, and maintain brutal systematic reverse-racism that oppresses white people every day. As such, we have created this handy list on how to continue this oppression.” – A.D Song and Mia McKenzie
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