Let’s Play the “Switch One Word” Game with These Headlines
Do you ever feel like rabble-rousing? Today, I woke up, made coffee, and started reading the news and checking out Instagram online, just like I always do. And the very first thing I saw just about made my head explode because I am so freaking tired of being demonized.
So, I decided to start a fun game that will likely get me into all sorts of trouble. I’ve collected an assortment of headlines and memes from around the ‘net and we’re going to switch ONE WORD and imagine the response if this were published. Before anyone says, “Daisy, you’re a racist,” please let me ask you what these following headlines and memes are if not racist? Racism is not limited to the degradement of non-whites.
Racism is degrading anyone based on the color of their skin. And it’s always wrong.
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Switch one word.
In the following memes and headlines, replace the word “white” with any other race and imagine the outrage.
When the woman above showed her receipt it was still her fault though.
Reddit even has a meme board called “F*cking WHITE People“
Social media is filled with these “jokes” and it isn’t against anyone’s community standards. It’s not against any terms and conditions. Heck, it’s downright encouraged with likes and ad revenue on TikTok and YouTube.
What do you think?
I know this can’t even really be considered a whole article. I wanted to provide some food for thought. We really need to consider Dr. Martin Luther King’s beautiful quote:
“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”
If you are participating in the hatred and denigration of people of any race, then perhaps you need to examine the content of your own character, no matter what color of skin you have. Personally, I’m fed up with being called a “Karen” or scoffed at for being a “middle-aged white woman” any time I call something out or voice displeasure. Why is it okay to silence or mock women now, but only if they happen to be white? Why is “middle-aged white man” a term of disparagement?
It’s not okay. None of it is okay. Dividing people up by race like this doesn’t move us forward. It takes us back, only this time, it’s a different group of people who aren’t allowed to sit at the counter or in the front of the bus. Did we learn nothing from the past?
What do you think about this? Do you believe that white people can be (or are being) discriminated against? What do you think the answer is? Is this just another cyclical pendulum swing or a looming problem?
Article posted with permission from Daisy Luther