Despite what some people think, racism does not have a reverse feature.
Racism, to put it plainly, works in a top down model. The benefitting race maintains dominance through systemic racism that they benefit from in a multitude of ways.
The benefitting race often isn’t even aware they’re benefitting or that others are marginalized by the same system. But it is easily measured and quantified that a racial bias exists at local, state, federal and a privatized level.
But this doesn’t stop people from claiming the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement—created to address well documented racial bias and systemic racism in policing and the justice system—is anti-White.
Say it with us, #BlackLivesMatter
— Anonymous (@YourAnonNews) July 31, 2020
A video captured in a Paula’s Donuts parking lot in Western New York captured just that—a White man yelling at another man because he was wearing a BLM mask.
Are…..are white men ok? pic.twitter.com/Hcy5gXISE0
— chris evans (@notcapnamerica) July 29, 2020
The notably mask-less man berated the videographer for wearing a BLM mask, calling him a “racist” and saying:
“I suppose you kneel for the flag too!”
Sir, you’re going to need a mask to enter that Paula’s Donuts. https://t.co/6Vb7sbaBr4
— c•a•i•t (@ButHerEmailsss) July 29, 2020
His big as* got the nerve to be walking into "Paula's Donuts" https://t.co/V5MCyBd0Ub
— And The Tweet Goes On (@lacadri34) July 30, 2020
not in front of paula’s donuts 😔 https://t.co/UmhUL3JseZ
— BLACK LIVES MATTER warrior (@danicanalini) July 30, 2020
It’s like racism is about to go on a respirator and it’s makin’ it last hateful comments. https://t.co/f7c9imLjuY
— Tea Pain (@TeaPainUSA) July 30, 2020
Shocked that he isn’t wearing a mask while going into the Clarence @PaulasDonuts.
This is my shocked face.
— Buffalo Eats (@BuffaloEats) July 30, 2020
It is compulsory to wear a mask in public areas in New York by order of Governor Andrew Cuomo effective in mid-April.
This self-identified “veteran” was clearly ignoring this order as he berated the videographer.
— Eric Nagel (@ericnagel) July 29, 2020
Paula's donuts should be reported for not following the mask policy. It’s on video.
— Brandon Brooks (@bbtrinet) July 30, 2020
This is Paula’s Donuts location either in Tonawanda NY or Clarence. Not surprised by his Trumpian response. We are required to wear masks and this bigot didn’t wear one and went in. If you served him Paula’s staff shame on you.
— Dee Zeliff (@ZeliffDee) July 30, 2020
This idiot should have been barred from entering the temple that is @PaulasDonuts. Screaming at people for saying black lives matter does not belong at Paula's. How can anyone be that miserable when you are about to taste such deliciousness? I bet he didn't order chocolate donuts https://t.co/94YUOlpa0k
— This wheel's on fire… (@DanielHFlynn) July 29, 2020
The videographer responded:
“I never called you a racist, I said Black lives matter, buddy.”
“I said Black lives matter and you are so triggered because I had a mask that says Black lives matter because I value Black lives!”
"I'M A GOD DAMN WAR VET"
"Sir, this is a Paula's Donuts"
— Ryan (@lafokamotion) July 31, 2020
— Angela Oswald (@atoswald) July 30, 2020
This is the Paula's Donuts on Main St, near Harris Hill in Clarence/Williamsville NY. I don't recognize the guy, but this location might help someone else.
— Angela Oswald (@atoswald) July 30, 2020
What makes them hate my life so much? I don't even know him
— Right matters Truth matter 🐈🐈💗✊🏾&🏳️🌈 (@JennyinVirginia) July 29, 2020
No idea it triggers them this hard.. I need to get a BLM mask ASAP.
— Andrew (@andrew5087) July 29, 2020
Some White people may think Black Lives Matter is anti-White because most White centered political or social movements are anti-Black.
white people think pro Black movements are anti-white because pro white movements have always been anti-Black! Fortunately I’ve studied them long time ago! pic.twitter.com/qKriR3Mic0
— DD Mabuza ASIMBONANGA (@Faku_Oyifakayo) July 22, 2020
However, after the death of George Floyd, Black Lives Matter has attracted unprecedented White support.
Some people have figured out that anti-racism and anti-Whiteness are not the same thing.