‘Whitesplaining’ is the racist version of mansplaining, and I fully expect you to do it in the comments right now
‘Using the N-word is all about context’
by Ari Bines
Whenever someone like me calls out "racist behavior", like condemning cultural appropriation or wondering why white people like feeling oppressed, in come the whitesplaining commenters. Some of you are probably on your way to whitesplain after you finish reading this here article.
Cleveland Indians to retire Chief Wahoo. It's a golden opportunity for every racist on twitter to whitesplain why a racist logo isn't really racist.
— (((Jeff Tiedrich))) (@jefftiedrich) January 29, 2018
For the gals reading this, however, you might be able to relate to whitesplaining, as it's the racist remix of mansplaining. You already know mansplaining is when a man talks down to a woman in a condescending or patronizing way. Whitesplaining, on the other hand, means to explain something condescendingly to one who is not white, but specifically in regards to race relations or minority behavior. Sound familiar?
I hate when people use terms like "mansplaining" or "whitesplaining" like ok why don't you use a little more discriminatory term to suggest I'm not black enough or he's not female enough to understand the issue and have an opinion smh I thought equality was the game
— Brooke Martine✨ (@BrookieD_13) January 30, 2018
Whitesplaining also comes into play when a white person commits a heinous act and it's described as "not that bad" or they're given the benefit of the doubt — something that never happens when a POC does the same thing. When that happens, it's all "go back to your country" within seconds. Fun, right?
In case you're stuck on stupid and still don't get why whitesplaining is fucked up, here's some examples that might open that mind of yours to the realization that you might have done it once or twice yourself:
Mexicans are 'foreigners' or 'immigrants' but white European are 'travelers' or 'expats'
You're race baiting by using the hashtag #whitesplaining. He was discussing a legal definition. Apart from that you were only incorrect.
— James Stephenson (@mrjstephenson) January 29, 2018
White guy robs a bank: He was at the end of his rope trying to feed his family. POC robs a bank: Those people shouldn't be here anyway
And comparing the word “whitesplaining” to the N word is ludicrous. One describes the behaviour of an individual. The other is loaded by slavery, segregation and racism over hundreds of years.
— Richard Marr (@richmarr) January 30, 2018
'I've never said the n-word so that automatically makes me not a racist'
I never had a particularly strong Chief Wahoo take, but this picture always felt like the argument-ender pic.twitter.com/P1KpiaVNQm
— Ben Axelrod (@BenAxelrod) January 29, 2018
'The only time I say the n-word is when I’m driving around listening to rap music'
Dude, you're still whitesplaining how to fight racism and defending Nazis faces? I can't even.
If you care so much about racism and think the solution is to just talk it out with Nazis go do that and stop policing how others do it. You're def not helping end racism rn.
— Trumpet Wom' (@trumpetgrrrl) January 30, 2018
'Why is this even an issue?'
And who are you to be telling black women what battles to focus on…? Lol please take a whole damn seat.
— salted caramel (@dionnebernice_) January 30, 2018
'I can say 'nigger.' I paid my money for my Jay-Z album just like the rest of you.'
Yes, I know what the BIA is and Does Very Well. https://t.co/XMmrrbvJ3A
— Delores Schilling (@DelSchilling) January 30, 2018
'Black people aren't oppressed. They have the same opportunities as everyone else. They're just lazy'
My family line comes from a Cherokee reservation. Grandpa is 100%. I see no issue with the redskins or Chief Wahoo logo. Political correctness is a cancer, the cure is a sense of humor.
— abl. (@onlyabl) January 29, 2018
'Black people can be racist, too'
So, as a white person who has been at the receiving end of racism from a black person (for what it's worth I wasn't bothered, but nevertheless it happened) – can the term 'whitesplaining' be applied to me or not? Someone needs to write a rule book. https://t.co/jx1OovT6ZW
— Trippy Pip (@TrippyPip) January 29, 2018
'Calling someone 'dawg' just means he's your friend!'
Depends what you did. If you tried to explain to someone of Indian origin how they should react to being called "paki" their entire childhood then yes… that would sounds reasonable.
Probably a safe rule of thumb would be don't be an arsehole.
— Richard Marr (@richmarr) January 29, 2018
Some will probably say they've never said or done any of these acts, in particular, so they can proudly eliminate the subconscious guilt that's in the back of their mind. But whether or not you personally, have whitesplained you definitely know of someone who has, and if you're really down for the brown, you'll check them, too.