An op-ed published at HuffPost written by the hosts of Kicking the Kyriarchy claims “all white people are racists.”
Elena Guthrie and Sidonie Bertrand-Shelton are hosts of the podcast Kicking the Kyriarchy. It is an “intersectional feminist” podcast that is “designed to challenge.” These two white women bring on women of different races to discuss all issues that affect women.
In their piece for HuffPost they talk about how no matter what, all white people are racist.
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.” However, according to them, this definition is inadequate.
“The widely recognised definition of racism is missing something important. Structural power,” they said.
They go on to use transgender model Munroe Bergdorf as an example of said racism. Bergdorf was fired from L’Oreal after the bi-racial model took to Facebook to call all white people racist.
“The world is not equal for everyone. It’s a tilted stage where whiteness is centre stage, it’s the norm and those in the spotlight aren’t given the tools to recognise it. Recognising this is important, white readers (ourselves included, obvs), you can be critical about the privilege we have but didn’t ask for, and still benefit from it. Just don’t let that guilt get in the way of being an ally and calling out racism when you see it, nobody’s got time for those white tear.”
These two ladies who “recognize their privileges as white women” argued that white people shouldn’t be upset when called racist.
“All white people are racist, because all white people exist in a racist power structure that we aren’t actively fighting to dismantle. Racists don’t just wear white pointy hats and say the ‘n’ word, by doing nothing, any and every white person is still taking advantage of a power structure that favours us. Don’t be more upset with being called racist than actual racism.”
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