I Won’t Try to Convince You that Racism is Real

Rosalyn Morris
3 min readSep 7, 2021
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Every time I write on racism, there’s always a white person in my comments denying racism or going on about colorblindness, or taking it to the level of stuck on stupid and attempting to convince me that “reverse racism” is more prevalent or that it’s “The Blacks” who get special treatment. I’m always left wondering what am I to do with this comment?

I won’t lie. My initial instinct is to block the commenter. In the words of Sweet Brown, “ain’t nobody got time for that.”

Apparently me discussing racism is what causes the “divisiveness” and not actual racism. Apparently, my existence is the problem, not the problem you choose to have with that. Yes, racists have a problem with Black people merely existing as driving while Black, barbecuing while Black, bird-watching while Black, and basically breathing while Black became a thing recently when the cops were called on Black people, what seemed like daily, for living everyday life.

The world is not only Black and white, and yes, anti-Blackness is a thing. Anti-Blackness can be particularly nasty because you have another person “of color” attempting to exert a sense of superiority over someone, anyone. I’m also not in the business of trying to explain this one, or getting other racial “minorities” to understand that we don’t have the same experience.

The number one reason why I won’t try to convince you that racism is real is because I won’t fall for the okie doke. I know you know that racism is real. Period. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. No one will get me to change my mind on this.

I don’t care if you feel you don’t have white privilege because you don’t have a lot of money or success. You do, but what does that have to do with you acknowledging the existence of racism? You know everyone in this country is not treated equally. You live in the world. You watch the news. You know American history. Or, maybe you don’t? That’s why critical race theory needs to be taught.