Can A Black Person Be Racist?
Before we answer the question, let’s take a closer look at the definition of racism. The definition of racism is the discrimination, prejudice, or to look down on one’s race. The belief that a race is more superior than the other. Now that we know the real definition, we can truly answer the question to the best of our abilities.
We are unfortunate to live in a society where we turn our back to conversations that make us uncomfortable in hopes that it will disappear or that it doesn’t exist. We choose lie in bed with comfort instead of progress and tackle issues head on. In saying that, there are still some black families out there that are still not open to allowing whites into their homes and vice versa. Does that mean that they are racist?
When I’m speaking to my friend in regard to a white person and not agreeing with their actions or laughing when we see a Caucasian person fit the stereotype of “white people can’t dance” (which we all know is not true). Does that make us racist?
The harsh reality is that anyone can look down on someone else and make themselves feel superior but if it does not have to do with color or race, then it’s not considered racism. We have all made our ego bigger in order to diminish another person’s at some point in our lives.
So, to answer the question, can a black person be racist? Yes. It’s a common misconception that a black person can’t be racist because of slavery and segregation in the past. Anyone regardless the color of their skin can be a racist. In the wise words of Muhammad Ali, “Hating people because of their color is wrong. And it doesn’t matter which color does the hating. It’s just plain wrong.”