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Updated on May 24, 2012

Reverse Racism in African-American Communities

Okay, before everybody gets their undies in a bunch, I would like to start off saying, "I'm black" [duh!].

I'm writing this hub from my POV and how I feel about reverse racism in the black communities. Some of you may agree with me to a point and some of you may get irate or call me a sell out to my heritage and all that jazz. I have to say, I care less.

Now...

For those who don't know, reverse racism :

is when minorities who are racist against whites are being racist against the dominant group instead of (directionally) the other way around.

Now a lot of people are saying that there's no such thing as "reverse racism," racism is racism. I do agree on that. But stick at the topic at hand...

I can't tell you how many times that I've seen people that I know/don't know get so upset that they are being stereotyped or being called any derogatory name. Yet they make the same remark about someone who isn't black. To me, that makes no sense.

You have black people who are upset at filmmakers for portraying black people in a certain type of light [i.e thugs, ghetto, etc], well 9 times out of 10, its true. You can't say you don't know someone who fits the stereotype. (Every race or culture has a stereotype that is true to a point.)

One word, this beloved infamous word: Ni**gr
I understand how it gets under the skin of people when "non-blacks" say it. Personally, the word don't bother me or have any affect to me that would make me what to beat my chest or hulk out. Why? Because I know I am not a ni**gr.

Ni**gr: a person of any race or origin regarded as contemptible, inferior, ignorant, etc.

Now if that describes you, then well, that's what you are. But anyways, that words offends a lot of people, not trying to take that way from you, but for me, it doesn't upset me. Okay...move along. What I don't understand is that if you hate that word so much, then why create a word as a term of endearment: Ni**ga

If that's supposed to be an endearing term amongst friends, why do you get upset when your "non-black" friends say it? Isn't that stupid? It is to me. It makes no sense whatsoever! It's the same freaking word with a different ending...{wow..how smart.}

Here's the kicker....If a non-black person beat up a black person or hurt them in whatever way, its a hate crime. It gets picked up by the media and gets blown out of porportions. Now, I'm not saying hate crime isn't a serious thing. Read my letters, no one of any race should be subjected to a hate crime for whatever reason. Now, if a black person beat up a non-black person for whatever the reason may be, its not a hate crime. Why not? Forget this whole minority and majority nonsense. Why can't a non-black person be a target of a hate crime? Why does no one protest or alert the media to blow it out of proportion? Why?

If a black person says "Black power," they are expressing love for their culture. Love for their heritage, the motherland, their blackness....but...if a white person says "White power," they are a racist. Why? Not every white person is a member of the KKK, Aryan nation, or a neo-nazi. They could be expressing love for their culture, love for their heritage, their motherland, or their whiteness. If you disagree, explain to me why? Its like saying every black person loves chicken, rap music, speaking ebonics, or all are members of the Black Panthers; its not true. I hate chicken, i don't speak ebonics, and I don't listen to rap music. Does that not make me black?

I feel that is why so many "non-blacks" feel the way that they do, because of this mentality. Oppressed Majority posted a great example on urbandictionary.com:

"Reverse racism is a classic example of hypocrisy. When a black-skinned person screams "Black Power!", he/she is standing up for his rights. When a white-skinned person yells "White Power!", he/she is a racist..."

Another thing that irks me: growing up I was told a lot that I talk "white." Now, being a person who has a hearing impairment and when to Auditory-Verbal therapy in school, excuse me for have the correct and proper diction for a word. Excuse me for not talking like I have a mouth full of mothballs. You can't not talk a colour or a race. I can't talk Asian. I can't talk Mexican. I can't talk White. I hate that. It's a stupid thing to say.

I'm not saying that black people aren't subject to racism, but so are other cultures, including white people. If you don't want someone to categorize you in a group of people that acts ignorant, then show that its not you. Am I ashamed of being black? No. I love me. I, however, am ashamed of people who are quick to scream "Ahh, he's a racist," yet they do the EXACT same thing.

Some people fear black people for the simple reason: their skin is black. Why? Because we have such a negative representation. We're deemed as aggressive, tormentors, and all that, but why? If I have to be scared of you because of your skin colour, then why the heck am I here? Now, don't deny, there are people who enjoy this; gets pride from it.

Example: Young black man sees a white person showing signs of feeling uncomfortable in his presence. Instead of just handling his business, he taunts the person, shows aggression becaue the person looks at him "a certain way," and etc. Is that necessary? Isn't he doing the same thing that racist white people back in the pre and post slavery days?

I want to say, black people stop acting a fool, but that's a different hub, lol..

In short, stop blaming the white man. Do something for yourself. Show that you're not that negative stereotype and stop using words that you don't want someone else saying to you. Am I being a sell out? Am I taking up for white people? To answer you question, I'm saying open your eyes. See the by the picture. We're not the only race that subject racism. This minority and majority is just a census and shouldn't be used as a base for an argument.

Racism in any form with always be apart of our lives and a fabric of our country if we don't rise above it. Everyone should have the RIGHT to express love for their culture, whether its black power, white power, asian power, or mexican power.

Can black people be racist? Hell yeah.

WDYT?: What Do You Think?

Do you think that the black race does alot of reverse racism?

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    • rachellrobinson profile image

      rachellrobinson 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Interesting hub, I noticed some minor grammatical errors but overall it was very good. I hope that you are well received on HubPages, and look forward to reading more of your work.

      Rachel

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      Laci Ledbetter 5 years ago from Fayetteville, Arkansas

      Voted up! It's so nice to hear someone address this issue. It is something that has always bothered me. I shared this hub on my facebook too : )

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      ib radmasters 5 years ago from Southern California

      I couldn't answer your poll, as my answer is in the middle. There is certainly a segment of the black race that uses reverse racism.

      Whitey is one of their derogatory words.

      I guess it is at the same level as they call one of their own an Uncle Tom.

      This is not limited to racism. A segment of the LGBT uses the word Homophobe as a derogatory term against anyone that opposes them.

      I think that it doesn't help racism, when blacks put African American instead of the reverse. The majority of blacks have never been to Africa, nor will they ever go to Africa, and I imagine that many of them don't even help the Africans. Most of the refugee from around the world have assimilated into the US, and they have dropped their heritage to simply being called Americans.

      As long as their is a higher preference for heritage or citizenship there will be racism.

      Do we say Californian American, or just American living in California?

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      Erica R Lindsey 5 years ago from TN

      Um, thanks Rachel..

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      Erica R Lindsey 5 years ago from TN

      Thanks Laci :)

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      Erica R Lindsey 5 years ago from TN

      I agree..I think we should just all be called Americans..

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      Miche Wro 5 years ago

      I read this on yesterday, and I agree with so many things you stated. Great hub Erica.

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      Erica R Lindsey 5 years ago from TN

      Thanks Michememe.

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