Okay, I have a question and I thought this might be the best place to ask.
And just in case, *trigger warning for racism*
I’m not actually white, not entirely, but I guess you could say I “pass” as white, since most people tend to assume based on skin-color and don’t really bother to find out. I can acknowledge, however, that because I appear white, I do have white privilege.
Anyway, my question is - how does someone who IS white, or racially privileged, react when a PoC directs race-based insults at them?
I don’t like saying, “I’m not actually white,” because I feel like that shouldn’t matter. Race-based insults shouldn’t be okay no matter what, right?
I’m just not sure how to react to them, because insulting a white person for being white is nowhere near the same as insulting a PoC for being a PoC.
So…. how does one react to something like that?
Dan/Moononwaters: When I have racially based insults thrown at me, I do tend to clear things up by saying I am biracial, and tell them I have light skin privilege. In my experience, many times this diffuses the situation and we actually discuss the ways I pass etc, and familiar ground tends to be met. I often tell them, if you really want to hurt me, call me a redskin or some shit, not paleface.
As for race-based insults directed towards white people, I won’t comment on that because I know there would be a slew of people shaking their fists at me for my opinion.
(originally asked to Privilege Denying People)