Clearly, your headline reveals far more about you than Tenaja Jordan.

Here’s the definition of racist: prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior.

If a black woman is arguing against the discrimination baked into our institutions and complains about “the acute fear of being black in white spaces,” that doesn’t make her racist. She is not expressing prejudice or antagonism directed at white women based on her belief that her own race is superior. She is talking about the terror she felt after the white supremacist march in Charlottesville and the violence of those people.

She is also echoing the words of Martin Luther King who wrote:

I must confess that over the past few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to “order” than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: “I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action”; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man’s freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a “more convenient season.”

Can a black woman be prejudiced? Absolutely.

But until we live in a society where African Americans make up over 96% of the top 1%, and control 81% of the seats in Congress, one cannot call black prejudice racism.

On the day African Americans can create institutions where white people are five times more likely to be imprisoned, are stopped on a regular basis for driving while white, and shot while unarmed by black policemen without consequence, then you can use the term racist.

Because of this, you’re not using free speech that illuminates a discussion in any way; you are propagating arguments that only attempt to invalidate her perspective based on ad hominem attacks.

All you have proven is the phenomenon that even well educated people can have terrible blind spots which allow them to spout completely fallacious arguments and think they are saying something brilliant.

If I felt I was being personally attacked for expressing my perspective, I would feel perfectly justified in blocking that individual. The issue is not free speech, or an open internet, or being able to take the consequences of speaking out on a controversial subject. It is about pushing back against the kind of personal attacks and divisive language that have infected every level of our government and society.

Unlike your personal attacks against her, I have simply pointed out your misunderstanding of the nature of racism, and how your false starting point has colored everything you wrote.

In no way have I accused you of being a racist shit head using the code language of white supremacists who wrap themselves in the flag of free speech, a gas-lighting macho asshole who can’t allow a woman to express fears that you will never be able to comprehend, or just a whiny narcissistic bitch screaming for attention by coattail starfucking™ off an article that received massive attention.

However, your response will probably tell us all we need to know about who you really are as a person.

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