“That Is Such a White Thing to Say”: Isn’t That Reverse Racism?
Most people have heard the phrase, “that is such a white thing to say” at one time or another when joking around with their friends, whether they are of mixed race or not. Most just laugh it off and think nothing of it but what is the phrase really implying?
Has the push for African-Americans’ rights shoved the “typical white girl” stereotype into being a bad thing?
“Typical white girl” is understood to mean the Instagram checking, Starbucks drinking, Ugg wearing gossiper that only cares for the superficial things in life.
White women can be smart scientists in academia at IBM, but they can also be homeless on the streets, or somewhere in between.
Everyone comes from different backgrounds, and race should no longer be a determinant of that. Individuals’ personal preferences and experiences in life make up who they are as a person.
Nobody who is white should feel guilty for being born white. Caucasians, unfortunately, are still seen as more privileged than other races but that is an issue that society is reforming now.
If the goal is to have equal rights for everyone, calling out others on skin tone is reversing the goal that the United States has come so far in achieving.
African-Americans, Latinos and other races have made improvements in achieving equal rights in society.
The Civil Rights Movement began immense change to the country. Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on the bus and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his well known speech “I Have A Dream.”
Then came the Selma to Montgomery march which pushed Congress to pass the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Today, the U.S. is led by the first black president, all nationalities are successfully penetrating the music and film industry and these trends are continuing. Let’s not reverse the progress of equality for all by putting down the Caucasian race.
White privilege is a stereotype that should not continue, and society can fix the issue by lifting each other up and pushing each other to be their best selves.
As we observed Black History Month, the ultimate goal should be color-blindness from everyone. Race or color should not determine one’s value. That’s not to say that people shouldn’t be proud of their ethnicities, but they should not use it as an excuse or as an advantage in their life.