Everyday racism is posting a heartfelt submission to this blog and getting angry responses from white people who insist “we aren’t all like that!” and “if you don’t want us to generalize you, then maybe you shouldn’t generalize us!”
Even when PoC want to vent about the institutionalized racism we face every single damn day of our life, there are stillwhite people who want to make it all about themselves. There are still white people who want us to think of their feelings before our own. There are still white people who can read a horrific post about racism, violence or threats that a PoC has faced against a white person, and instead of sympathizing or understanding where the anger is coming from, they want the PoC to feel shame or guilt for that anger.
Apparently it’s fine for white people to call us chinks, gooks, monkeys, curry munchers, dog eaters, sand n*ggers, and terrorists. If we take offense to these words, we are told to “lighten up!” and “it’s just a joke! I didn’t mean it in a racist way!”…but as soon as we say “wow, white people are racist” then suddenly we’re the assholes who need to apologize. Because “not all white people are like that!”
If your response to a PoC being targeted because of their race is to insist that “but…but…not all white people are like that!”, then chances are, you probably are like that!