Have you ever been called or thought of as a racist?
The rare occasions where I’ve been called racist actually made me laugh. I laugh because it was the only defense the person had left to use without sounding racist themselves. Sure they could have just called me some racially derogatory name, but that would mean they would have to own up to the title of racist. So in an attempt to get out of a conversation they are uncomfortable with they resort to calling me a racist.
I believe that racism is not racist, because anyone can be a racist. What I’ve strive to explain through multiple writings and conversations is to help people understand that racism is a learned behavior, but remains misunderstood. Speaking about race doesn’t make you a racist, but often it is how you speak about race that can lead someone to call you a racist. It’s not about if you are a racist when and if someone calls you a racist, but whether it can be proven by your actions whether you are or not. We all have made statements or acted in a way that can lead to the accusation of being called a racist.
So I want to begin a conversation about unconscious racism over the next few days. I do not claim to be an expert on the subject, but I’m not a novice either. I can only speak fluently based off of my own experiences. If or when I’m theorizing or suggesting something I will do my best to make that clear.
I’m not suggesting that any one group is right and any one group is wrong. Like I’ve previously mentioned, anyone can be a racist. Ironically racism doesn’t discriminate.