A good friend of mine read an article that claimed that everyone was inherently racist and she asked me if I agreed with that.
No. I don’t.
If you have racist thoughts and biases 1. You either know that it’s racist and you’re doing it on purpose or 2. you don’t pay close enough attention to other people’s realities and need to educate yourself a little more. This isn’t only applicable to racism but to any minority group really.
No one is born with racist, sexist, or transphobic thoughts. They are taught to be that way. Some people will say that “society tell us this” or “society says that this is how we should think” and that’s a bullshit excuse. Our society is so fucked up that if your knowledge of what’s right and wrong is based on what “society says” then you are seriously fooling yourself. Our society sweeps serious issues under the rug and focuses on materialistic bullshit. If those are your priorities then congrats, you’ve fallen right into the trap.
Some people will also use the excuse “I don’t know what it’s like to be POC or gay”
So what? You don’t know what its like to be anybody but yourself, but that doesn’t mean that you’re incapable of respecting other people and their experiences.
In my opinion, saying things like “everyone has racist thoughts”or “we’re all a little racist” is an excuse. An excuse to call yourself an ally while still doing and saying things that perpetuate oppression of minorities.
If you’re one of those people, do us a favor and take your “allyship” somewhere else.