This is the first in a series meant to express feminist solidarity with the black community. I am not black and it would not be appropriate for me to diagnose, advise or otherwise claim the problems of the black community. The most appropriate thing seems to be to get in the way of hostile whites and hostile white institutions that are informed by white hostility as they advance on the community, from the point of view that we are responsible for the shape that the white community takes.
I’ve heard a number of people make claims of reverse racism over the years. Mainly, but not entirely, the claims center on affirmative action. The speaker states that college admissions unfairly denied them entrance due to racial favoritism or that they were unable to hire someone or get hired due to “quota” filling. Other people have claimed that they’ve been pulled over by police for “Driving while white” in majority black areas and warned that it would be best for them to leave. Another popular thing is to tell stories of being harassed or singled out by people with criminal intentions in urban black areas. If you’re reading this, I’m going to assume you’re one of those.
For the sake of transparency, I will state that I admit never believe these stories. I think that the majority of them are the result of someone taking creative liberties with history. When someone claims to be a victim of affirmative action, I generally suspect them to be a victim of simple inadequacy. I’ve served on search committees in AA institutions, and no one would consider hiring an unqualified person for a job because of race. There is an HR screening process to ensure that every applicant is qualified, and the most an AA department will do is ask you to interview one among those applicants that you may not have chosen as the best of the crop. They will not make you hire that person. Similarly, academic admissions departments who go to the trouble of the slightest “weighting” of grades based on race will also weight them based on other things, including the quality of your school, which generally benefit people with a higher socioeconomic status. That and other fishiness aside, for the sake of argument, I will assume that these stories are 100% factual.