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By Amber Randall
A college guidebook published recently online claims that black people are incapable of being racist to white people.
Haverford, Swarthmore, and Bryn Mawr College published a guide on terms related to “allyship and anti-oppression,” reports Campus Reform.
The resource guide covers “reverse racism” and boldly claims that it does not exist.
“Reverse racism does not actually exist, because racism is a structure, and people of color do not structurally oppress white people,” the guide states. “Most social justice activists agree that “Reverse Racism” doesn’t make sense.”
The guide goes on to say that “racism” has to do with ” institutionalized oppression.”
“Many think the idea of reverse racism is invalid because the term ‘Racism’, especially in academic and Social Justice circles, has a specific meaning(see Racism) that relates to institutionalized oppression,” the guide says.
The guide also spends time defining other terms such as “feeling unsafe,” “micro-assault,” and “privilege.”
According to the guide, “feeling unsafe” is always a “legitimate emotion” to experience. It is crucial, the guide says, to figure out why you are feeling that way.
“Do you feel unsafe because a group of people is calling out oppression and prejudiced behavior? Or do you feel unsafe because historical and perpetual acts of physical and emotional violence against you and people that share certain identities with you?” the guide asks.
Concerning “privilege,” the guide claims that all white people stand to gain from white privilege in some way.
“It’s important to note that while many white people are oppressed on the basis of class, gender, sexual orientation, ability, religion, culture, ethnicity, etc, it is still true that ALL white people still benefit from white privilege, though in different ways,” according to the guide.
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