It’s been two years since the 2016 election when we as a country had a collective reckoning of the falsehood of our “post-racial society.”
If we're actively fighting to reject racism, then we need to realize that what we are fighting is whiteness. In order for white people to help end racism, they need to admit that they are all racist. They define racists as, “mean people who are intent on harming other individuals based on their differences." If that's your definition of a racist, you're probably a racist. Many whites from both sides of the political spectrum spend so much time trying to separate themselves from "those other white people." They have all bought into the idea that they're all special and unique. That their family is different from others. Most white people honestly believe that all they need to do to make the world a better place is to be nice people. "If I just focus on being a good person, I can make a big difference in society." Wrong. Part of the problem is that they can't even answer what it means to be white. If you don't know what it means to be white, how can you ever understand what it means to be Asian or black or anything other than white? You can't. When other people talk to whites about having to validate their existence, white people's instinct is to refuse it.
Eliza Romero, Jess Rhee aka The Rheemix, and Baltimore journalist Lisa Snowden-McCray, discuss the pitfalls of political correctness and what measures to take to move forward. When does political correctness fail and what actions can we take if we actually want to change our society? What actions can we take to ensure that we actually do change our society for the next generation?