Anonymous said: why is it racist to say "I love black people"? I know it is, but Im trying to break it down for my white friend and Im finding it hard to pin the exact reasons other than it involves stereotyping every black person as the same
Because people that aren’t Black that are saying “I love Black people” don’t mean that they know and love every Black person as individuals for who they are in their complex identities. They “love” the idea of Black people, as if “Black people” is a concept, which means that they have effectively dehumanized and homogenized Black people as a group, with a singular identity. It’s like when non-Black people say “Black people are funny”, “Black people are so athletic” (often with “I love Black people” before it). They don’t know (and will never meet) enough Black people to be able to make that generalization. But they expect based on the stereotype that Black people are those things that all Black people are, and they attribute that notion to Black people and even anticipate it in Black people. They don’t actually see Black people as well rounded multifaceted individuals. They just see those ideas and then the “idea” of Black people.
*Here’s the key: It’s racist because they don’t actually mean it and they’re dehumanizing a group of people and it actually contributes to and is representative of the systematic racism used to oppress Black people. The stereotypes and homogenization are reflective of the fact that Black people are not seen as unique individuals and systemically not treated as such (meaning the entire race is affected at an institutional level, and this is not just individual case by case, and this does not just result in uncomfortableness or hurt feelings)
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