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Masuma Khan: She’s wrong about White Fragility

Masuma Khan is now infamous to me for being racist toward her White student peers at Dalhousie University.

From the Globe and Mail:

A student at Dalhousie University is facing disciplinary action for a Facebook post she wrote about Canada 150 celebrations, after another student complained that her post discriminated against white people on the basis of skin colour and ancestry.

Masuma Khan, a vice-president of the Dalhousie Student Union, wrote the post on June 30, in response to another post by the Nova Scotia Young Progressive Conservatives (NSYPC). The NSYPC message criticized a motion by the student union not to participate in Canada 150 celebrations on July 1 and to label such events “an act of colonialism.”

From Vice Canada:

Khan said terms like white fragility are regularly used in academia, including in classes that she’s taken at Dalhousie. As for the reverse racism allegation, Khan said she’s tired of having to explain why the concept isn’t valid. 

“The people at the top don’t look like me and they have never experienced anything like what I’ve experienced. They will never know what that feels like,” said Khan. “No one who looks like me will have the power to oppress folks with privilege. It’s me who’s not getting the job because my name is different, it’s me who won’t be able to get that mortgage because people don’t want me in their community, it’s me who has to go through extra security checks at the airport, and gets called a terrorist when I walk down the street.”

From the CBC:

I will never accept that reverse racism isn’t real and can’t be done.

Masuma Khan is righteously certain that only she and others with brown skin will get racism targeted at them in Canada.

Academics, like Peggy McIntosh & Robin DiAngelo, also created the concepts of White Privilege and White Fragility.

The current spirit of the age in U.S. & Canadian universities is to state that White Privilege and White Fragility is a fact and not a biased ideology.

Beliefs or ideologies are especially biased. Even more so when the belief is about which race of people are getting the best of everything because they have Privilege and Fragility. People start an ethnic conflict or war because of who is labelled as the cause of a country’s social problems.

I don’t take truth from any academic research papers and essays on White Privilege and White Fragility simply because these two concepts are the same as early 20th century racist consensus on Black Africans.

Once upon a time, there was a popular opinion held by professors that Black Africans had a brain shape that was smaller in size, which meant intelligence, when compared to White European brain shape. Skull capacity was equated with intelligence. This 19th & early 20th century racist opinion came from the academic preoccupation with cranial morphology.

There were a bunch of in vogue racist academic opinions in the early 20th century about Black Africans. Now, in the 21st century, it’s White Privilege and White Fragility that are the racist topics that university professors, students, and Ph.d. candidates view as fact.

I know that racism is done by any human being simply because racism is done by people being exclusive and territorial in order to ensure that the land, resources and the culture suit their preferences. Racism is done by anyone, anytime, anywhere.

Racism is also done as actions of retribution because of history, the memories we keep of it, and because of our stories of which race of people had injusticed which other race of people.

What angers me is that currently in the countries of North America — Canada & the U.S. — the academic professions drivel that racism is only done by people who are White or who are European descendants. 

Meanwhile people who are Indigenous, Black or African American, or those who have brown skin can never be racist, nor speak racist slurs, nor do racist behaviour toward people who are descendants of Europeans.

Guess what? I had an experience of racism directed at me while I was in a parking lot in downtown Edmonton.

I won’t forget the racism that was yelled at me by an Indigenous Canadian man who was taking a walk.

The guy was a stranger. But he took the time and effort to yell his racism at me.

The whole story goes as this:

I was in the parking lot that’s behind the Allin Clinic in downtown Edmonton, Alberta, and I was trying to pay for parking my car.

I was approached and asked for coined money (or change) by an Indigenous lady.

I said ‘No’ because 1) I actually had no coins, and 2) I don’t give money when asked in the parking lot and on any street in downtown Edmonton.

Across the parking lot, and on the sidewalk, an Indigenous man then yelled at me, saying, “This is her land, you stole this land from herYou don’t give her any money, but you stole this land from her.”

That man targeted me for my perceived race (European descent), and then yelled his racism at me because of my perceived ethnicity.

So racism is done by anyone from any ethnicity within a multi-ethnic country like Canada.

Masuma Khan is so damn sure that only she with her Afghan ethnicity and brown skin will experience racism on a street in Canada or in social media.

I will sit with her and dead-pan to her that people in Canada who are seen as White or who are descendants of Europeans can experience racism directed at them and do experience racism directed at them. I for sure did.

I will also not accept the garbage from Masuma Khan that my experience of racism yelled at me from an Indigenous Canadian man cannot be racism nor reverse racism.

I won’t accept that this racism directed at me was an exception, a rarity, or an anomaly, and couldn’t be called racism. It can’t be called racism because it doesn’t fit the 21st century narrative of what racism in North America should be by university professors, by social justice protesters, and by people like Masuma Khan.

I wouldn’t have been targeted by this Indigenous Canadian guy if I wasn’t looking like I was White & European descended.

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