On the way home I was listening to NPR‘s Morning Edition and heard what is going to become one of my new peeves in the English language. In the middle of the story the following statement was said, “Instead, the city was sued by a group of white firefighters who charged reverse racial discrimination.”
Reverse racial discrimination? Ok, I get it, what that means is that it when minorities discriminate against big bad ol’ whitey. What sticks in my craw is that it implies that only white people (presumably white males at that) are the only people who can be racist. Everyone else’s discrimination gets the moniker of reverse racism. That distinction reeks of racism because the basis of whether the reverse tag is applied is based solely on the race of the person we’re trying to label!
Discrimination based on one’s race, whether it be white on black, black on white, brown on black, or yellow against every damn color in a bag of Skittles does not matter. It is R-A-C-I-S-M, period. Not reverse racism for some and plain ol’ vanilla racism for others!