This Is Us

Yes, Black People Can Be Racist

None of us are immune

Kristine Hadeed
Published in
5 min readJul 6, 2020

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Illustration of a Black person rolling white paint onto an otherwise solid-pink floor, and casting a long, dark shadow.
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I am racist

Even though I am Black.
Even though I have Black friends.
Even though I have experienced racism.
Even though I protest against racism.
Even though I support Black-owned businesses.
Even though I say #BlackLivesMatter.

I am racist

I don’t say this proudly, or lightly. I am not a racist, but I am still racist. My racism is not a reflection of my heart or intentions. My racism is a product of the environment in which I was raised.

Racism is most visible between Black and White people, but it also occurs between Black people. There were, and still are, levels of privilege within the Black population: between “field negroes” and “house negroes;” between light-skinned and dark-skinned; between rich Blacks and poor Blacks; between those who have had access to quality education and those who haven’t.

None of us is immune to racist ideology and the trap of marginally benefiting from systems of oppression — even if we, too, are oppressed.

I am racist

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Kristine Hadeed
Human Parts

Critical thinker and community organizer advocating for the liberation and dignity of all people.