Anonymous said: So "not all white people" is a racist response? WTF. Read a book or something.
It’s very similar to the “not all men” response. Responding to anything with “not all white people,” derails discussions about racial inequality. It takes uncomfortable but necessary conversations about people of color and brings the focus back on to white people. When talking about things that white people sometimes do that are hurtful to POC, most people are not speaking under the assumption that all white people are the same, or that all white people are purposely hurtful. Even still, it’s possible to be insensitive and do harm even when you don’t mean to/realize that you’re doing so. (These are often called microagressions.) For example, by saying “Read a book or something,” you are suggesting that I am an uneducated black person because my opinion is different from yours. This is an example of a microaggression since historically black people have not had access to the breadth of education that white people have been able to access, (or were legally barred from partaking in; during slavery there were many acts banning the education of slaves.)
This is very similar to the “not all men” nonsense that serves to derail conversations about gender equality. So yes, “not all white people” is a racist response because instead of listening and discussing the topic at hand you are outright rejecting the conversation and making it about you.