Why is it Trendy to Hate White People?

Why is it Trendy to Hate White People?

"I don't mean to sound racist, but I just hate white people"
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Disclaimer: Names have been altered due to protect identities

I was at Portillo's with a couple of friends. One of my friends, Jenn, starts going off on how she completely despises her ex-boyfriend, who happens to be white. As soon she mentions his race, another one of my friends, Andrea, interjects Jenn's rant with one statement that hasn't left my mind since: "I don't mean to sound racist, but I just really hate white people."

Why? Why was that necessary to say? Even worse, Jenn was completely okay with Andrea saying that. In fact, she defended her outright offensive statement by saying, "Actually, you can't be racist towards white people. You can be prejudiced or discriminatory, but not racist. So it's okay to say."

Oh okay, so it's okay for me to say "I just really hate black people, no offense!" right? The arguments that people of color can't be racist and white people can't experience racism are flawed since power dynamics are dependent on the situation. I understand that in the United States white people have been offered benefits before minorities for countless centuries; however, power can still shift based on individual situations.

For instance, in early January, a mentally disabled white man was kidnapped and tortured on film by four African Americans. Ont top of this, they shouted "F--- white people" and "F--- Trump", cut him with a knife, and duct taped his mouth. Not only were the acts reprehensible enough, but the way certain news channels executed their takes on this hate crime appalled me. Symone Sanders from CNN essentially defended these kidnappers; she turned this circumstance into a "black people are oppressed in the U.S. so we should understand why these kidnappers are angry" discussion, even though in my person opinion, this was an overanalysis. There is no justification for torture, especially when these acts were being captured on facebook live while the mentally handicapped man remained completely vulnerable and traumatized.

My main question is: since when did it become trendy to hate white people all of a sudden? If it's socially acceptable for person A to say "all white people are school shooters", why is it offensive if person B say "all black people are thugs and criminals?" Both statements are offensive, depending on whether these statements are jokes or not. We are acting as if all white people are incredibly bigoted and that all of their ancestors owned slaves. Buzzfeed keeps creating content titled "Food White People Ruined" or "If Asians Acted like White People". If the roles were reversed, these articles and videos would be reported and taken down without hesitation.

And no, I'm not saying reverse racism is real. It's just racism, and it can affect any person of any color.

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Lately, I have seen so many people going off on social media about how people shouldn't be upset with mothers breastfeeding in public. You know what? I disagree.

There's a huge difference between being modest while breastfeeding and just being straight up careless, trashy and disrespectful to those around you. Why don't you try popping out a boob without a baby attached to it and see how long it takes for you to get arrested for public indecency? Strange how that works, right?

So many people talking about it bring up the point of how we shouldn't "sexualize" breastfeeding and seeing a woman's breasts while doing so. Actually, all of these people are missing the point. It's not sexual, it's just purely immodest and disrespectful.

If you see a girl in a shirt cut too low, you call her a slut. If you see a celebrity post a nude photo, you call them immodest and a terrible role model. What makes you think that pulling out a breast in the middle of public is different, regardless of what you're doing with it?

If I'm eating in a restaurant, I would be disgusted if the person at the table next to me had their bare feet out while they were eating. It's just not appropriate. Neither is pulling out your breast for the entire general public to see.

Nobody asked you to put a blanket over your kid's head to feed them. Nobody asked you to go feed them in a dirty bathroom. But you don't need to basically be topless to feed your kid. Growing up, I watched my mom feed my younger siblings in public. She never shied away from it, but the way she did it was always tasteful and never drew attention. She would cover herself up while doing it. She would make sure that nothing inappropriate could be seen. She was lowkey about it.

Mindblowing, right? Wait, you can actually breastfeed in public and not have to show everyone what you're doing? What a revolutionary idea!

There is nothing wrong with feeding your baby. It's something you need to do, it's a part of life. But there is definitely something wrong with thinking it's fine to expose yourself to the entire world while doing it. Nobody wants to see it. Nobody cares if you're feeding your kid. Nobody cares if you're trying to make some sort of weird "feminist" statement by showing them your boobs.

Cover up. Be modest. Be mindful. Be respectful. Don't want to see my boobs? Good, I don't want to see yours either. Hard to believe, I know.

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