Discourse / Letters / November 13, 2017

Letter to the Editor: White opinions of racism do not matter

White people do not get to decide what is racist.


Selina Aviles ’17

TKS Staff

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Nov 16, 2017

Tell that to Abraham Lincoln and Lyndon Baines Johnson. If THEIR opinions hadn’t mattered, we wouldn’t have had the Emancipation Proclamation and the Civil Rights Act.

According to the Oxford dictionary, “racism” is defined as “Prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior.” Notice that it doesn’t specify “except white people”!

Of course, if you’re a postmodernist, it’s possible that you don’t believe words have meanings (other than definitions YOU have created)? Yes, meaning is constructed.

You wouldn’t like it if a white person told you YOUR opinion doesn’t matter. That’s often how people of color feel in a predominately white society. It’s disrespectful for white people to make such a racist claim, just like it’s disrespectful for YOU to make such a claim.

You’re generalizing about white people. It’s absolute hypocrisy on your part.

Racism is reprehensible.

Nov 18, 2017

You’ve done your Alma Mater proud with such an articulate and thoughtful sentence, Selina!

That aside, this shouldn’t have been published as a letter to the editor. It’s single statement that contributes very little to the debate; this is why we have comment sections…

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