Someone I was talking to today about my book listened to my explanation about how Ashley, the main character in the book, who is a young White woman, experiences a difficult time once she relocates to the Bay Area. Once there, her work and social life is in a predominantly Black environment. She has a difficult time fitting in and understanding how to respond and function. As I explained this, the person I was talking to defined what I was talking about as reverse racism. That posed a question in my mind.
What is reverse racism? By the very term, the implication is that there is a system of racism that is against some segment of the population. So, reverse racism must be when the people subjected to racism turn around and practice the same things against the people who practiced racism against them? When White people have difficulty being in social situations with people of color is that what reverse racism is? How does it compare to racism? Is it exactly the same except from a different side. Are there differences? If there are, what are they? What are some examples of reverse racism? That's a great place to start I guess. Can anyone provide examples of reverse racism?