Over the last six weeks or so, there's a been a renewed conversation about race unfolding in the media, online and around dinner tables.
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Often in these conversations, the idea of 'reverse racism' pops up.
'Reverse racism' is a theory that white people can be victims of racism, too.
As well as being a classic example of 'whataboutism' (you can read more about that in our previous article), it's also based on some pretty fundamental falsehoods.
Here's how to have a productive conversation with someone who claims 'reverse racism' exists.
'Racism goes both ways. White people can experience racism, too.'
That's not true. White people can experience racial prejudice — sure — but not racism. There's a key difference.
Racial prejudice is a preconceived idea about a particular race or skin colour. Racism, though, is what happens when racial prejudice comes from a position of power and results in a pattern of discrimination and/or oppression.