Q: Hey! What’s racism?
A: It’s when you think one race (your own, usually) is superior to another one.
Q: Okay, so what’s reverse racism?
A: Oh, that’s something some white people say when they think non-white people are being racist against them.
Q: So, when the non-white people think they’re better than white people because of their race.
Q: That sounds exactly like regular racism.
A: It is!
Q: Then why don’t they just say “racism?”
A: How should I know? Probably it’s because they don’t pay attention to what they’re saying. But maybe it also has something to do with history. White people have been real dicks to people of basically every other race at some point in history (sometimes very recent history), and whether they want to admit it or not, as a group they still benefit from the racist systems their ancestors set up. And of course some white people are themselves racists. So in the United States (where there are tons of white people around), when racism is in the news, the people doing the racist shit are usually white. That doesn’t mean no one else is a racist, but it does make it easy for people who don’t think very hard to confuse “racism” with “white people acting racist.”
Q: But then why is it pretty much only white people who say “reverse racism?”
A: Weird, huh? It makes it sound like only white people can be real racists, which is both condescending and somehow also offensive to members of all races.
Q: It’s racist, in a way.
A: In two ways.
Q: Oh, boy.