I found this article and it really made me think of the piece I posted last week about how to use the word racist. Especially this part:
Not to put too fine a point on it, but “racist” is the only word that makes white people as crazy as “n****r” makes Black people.*
The rest of the piece is basically about how to deal with getting called out for your racism, especially when it's by a PoC. It was a good piece, but that quote really stuck out to me (as the author says it stuck out to him), and I'm trying to decide if I agree with it or not. I want to say yes, but I have to qualify it by saying it's only really WP who don't have background on social justice, and don't understand the implications of say, calling me racist for pointing out their racism. Most people who are actively trying to unlearn their racism are aware enough to consider the accusation without flying off the handle.
He also says this, which I tend to agree with:
...people of color in our society tend by necessity to be more aware of racism than most Whites are, and pick up on things most Whites overlook.
What do you guys think?
* Yes, I know I'm black and I can technically say it, but I don't like the word, don't want to reclaim it, and I try to avoid it whenever possible.