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Negative Nancy claims reverse racism

Negative Nancy claims reverse racism

Negative Nancy claims reverse racism
February 28
16:06 2018

I don’t know about anyone else, but I would’ve appreciated Nancy Kolsti defining exactly what she believes reverse racism is, before assigning that title to the suggestion of a honorific statue for a person of color.

Reverse racism is a tricky phrase. If you asked me to define it in my own words, I could not. Google cannot even list a definition in the search results. In conclusion, it does not exist.

The concept of racism is often used interchangeably with prejudice, ignorance or bigotry. Yes, black people can have prejudice towards white people, and one race can have completely ignorant ideas about another. The specific term, racism however, is much more sinister and complex than that.

According to the Netflix series “Dear White People,” “racism describes a system of disadvantage based on race. Black people can’t be racist since we don’t stand to benefit from such a system.”

When one race benefits from the oppression of others, that is racism.

Now, this is not to say that racist ideals are intentional. I do not believe that Kolsti intended to offend anyone by calling the petition, “reverse racism.” The problem that exists, however, is the lack of effort made to realize the significance of this concept. It suggests, to those striving for change, that what they are fighting for is selfish and ignorant. No one should ever feel ashamed about protesting inequality. Whether or not it is acknowledged, discrimination and bias do exist.

On average, women make 21 percent less than their male counterparts. These are facts, not opinions.

As you sit here reading, the idea of racism floats around your mind. Why is it that calling white people out for the superior position they are in is so offensive? Why do minorities and women seem so intimidating when they stand together and rally for change? Is it that circumstances might actually change and the majority may finally be just another race of people?

Kolsti is not wrong for expressing her opinions. I can see her viewpoint for wanting the naming of the building to be based on merit.

If the naming is supposed to based on merit, then promise that it will be.

Irma E.L. Sephas was the first black undergraduate student at UNT. Gretchen M. Bataille was the first female president of UNT in 2006. Joe Atkins was a key part in the desegregation of this university. None of these people thus far have been deemed worthy to have a building named after them.

If naming the building were actually based on merit, they would be.

At a meeting in the Union last week, students gathered to discuss the petition. Many students expressed a wish to see more people who look like them teaching their classes. Would hiring more black, Hispanic or Muslim professors over a white professors of equal skill set be considered reverse racism?

White people can encounter just as much prejudice, bigotry and ignorance as any other race. Bu,t come on, is it really fair to scream “racist!” when one building may or may not be named after a woman or person of color?

Think of how trivial this is, and get back to me.

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