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Dear White People: no melanin, no opinion.

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  1. Dan says:

    “To be colour blind is to assume whiteness in everyone…”
    This really struck me. I’ve kind of been aware that colour-blindness is not actually useful, but have never really understood why – although to my shame I now realise I never really looked hard enough for an answer, especially when you put it so simply.
    Thank you for sharing this piece, it’s such an important message.

    1. Ronald says:

      Interesting how random writers stand up and anoint themselves as representaitves of all people of color. As if there is merely one perspective within such a large and diverse group. This should be an indication of how arrogant and fanatical these people are. They exist in their bubble of absolute certainty.

    2. Jason says:

      No it absolutely does not assume whiteness in everyone. It assumes that each individual should be judged on their own merits instead of their status as member of a group (except insofar as what being in any group necessarily entails about a person; e.g., if someone is a member of the group “homosexuals,” then it’s no big collectivist stance to assume such a person is attracted to a member of the same sex because that’s what being homosexual means by definition; contrast this with the collectivist view held by white supremacists that a black person is a criminal because he is black even though being black does not by definition make someone a criminal).

  2. Andy says:

    While all humans have the same number of melanocytes (which produce melanin and determine skin color), those melanocytes produce different amounts of melanin. People who moved to northern climates needed more UV-B rays to make vitamin D so they produce less melanin.

  3. Amira says:

    Typical racist trash from a person who puts forward their one-sided version of history. She talks about how we supposedly gloss over the bad parts of ‘White History’, while glossing over the savagery of Arab and Black history, particularly in relation to the slave trade. It’s this sort of partisanship (calling out your opponents while hoping that no one catches you out) that is contrary to ‘historical objectivity’.

    I have no idea as to who this woman is for her to be able to speak on behalf of white minorities in the UK, but she shouldn’t. I can’t speak for all of the people from my country, let alone my continent. If, according to her, there’s something special in the ‘lived experience’ of someone that requires us to defer to their experiences (which is presumably why we should listen to black and brown voices in the first place!), then she should show other immigrants in the UK (be they white or non-white) the same courtesy. Anything else is plain supremacist hypocrisy.

  4. John Smith says:

    Stop destroying academia, thanks.

  5. E.R. says:

    With full disclosure – in case it isn’t obvious in the end. I am of American heritage, specifically the United States of America, and identify as American. Therefore, rendering me fortunate. What I do with this fortune is entirely up to me irregardless of race, gender or social economic status. While BME may have embarrassing originated from the states (what we refer to as Identity Politics) its ancestry is rooted in Communism. It would do BME ideologs well to take heed to the words and desires of MLK that his children “live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

  6. S.W. says:

    Your class prejudice really comes through here. Ever tried asking a Polish builder how well adjusted he feels in the SW7 residences he’s hired to renovate? You don’t want white people to speak for you yet you presume to speak for them? From one minority to another – your race-baiting is exhausting, pointless and will burn you up from your own resentment. Please get help.

    “BME people do have different cultural backgrounds and in some cases struggle to ‘fit in’ into British society. This is not the same for white minorities.”

  7. Skibi says:

    Dear black people: Everybody’s got melanin.

    1. Dr. Necessitor says:

      Not albinos. 😉

  8. LK says:

    So…by your logic, people who identify as Caucasian are not qualified to hold opinions on issues you deem to be BME related, simply because of the color of their skin. That begs the obvious question: what gives you the right or ability to weigh in on how Caucasians should feel, think or do about anything? Maybe you’re unaware or uneducated, but Caucasian covers a lot of ground in the cultural heritage department. You’ve already voided your own argument by suggesting you, as a self-identified Black British person, know anything about “white minorities.”

  9. Andrew Lale (@andrew_lale) says:

    I’m pretty sure the ‘Incitement to racial hatred’ laws apply to you. I’d be careful.

  10. Chris says:

    I stopped reading at “Therefore, rendering me underprivileged and a minority in British society.”

    Underprivileged?! Your skin color doesn’t determine your privilege. Using this as an excuse makes you an idiot. And not just in British society, but in all of society.

  11. Robin Toupin says:

    This is, of course, a racist rant by a racist person. As Morgan Freeman so well said, and I paraphrase here, when we stop labeling each other we can stop being racists. If you must identify as a black person, or as a white person, you are racist. If you identify as a person, that is all you need. The author said “Idealistically, we can see everyone as an individual and labels would be superfluous, yet society has not evolved to that point.”

    That is a choice. I choose to see everyone as an individual. If you would choose the same, author, we can stop the racism right now. Your call.

  12. farouk says:

    What a load of tosh and l’m not white either.

  13. Dr. Necessitor says:

    “To be colour blind is to assume whiteness in everyone…”

    No, it assumes each person is so much more than their skin color. After all, we humans are literally the most complex things in the entire known universe. To reduce people down to a few superficial “identities” is dehumanizing, and therefore evil. It’s what fuels genocide after all.

  14. Earl says:

    The mental gymnastics the left performs in order to convince themselves that the value of a person’s opinion should be based on race is not textbook racism. Truly amazing.

  15. Zach says:

    I stopped reading after the first paragraph. This is a pathetic way to try and make people with a lighter skin tone feel bad about it. How can we go from trying to prevent segregation to this? You are segregating yourself and whoever wants to blindly follow you.

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