Fellow White Folk: We Need to Talk About Racial Gaslighting.

Jackson Campbell
2 min readOct 10, 2023

I’ve done it. You’ve done it. It is about damn time we acknowledge the elephant in the room.

https://www.sph.umn.edu/news/measuring-structural-racism-in-minnesota-communities/

For as long as I have been White (oh wait), I have done this thing called racial gaslighting and it obviously isn’t good. You have done it, too. In fact, you’re probably doing it right now (“Are you SURE I’ve gaslighted before? Where is your PROOF?”). The problem is that most White folx don’t even realize they’re consistently gaslighting. They just claim they’re being critical and thoughtful.

A few years ago, when I really began to learn about how racism was deeply affecting communities of color, I noticed that we (White folx) almost ALWAYS make a rebuttal to Black folx when they share the ways in which White folx have done racist shit. I, of course, only realized it once I started getting the probing gaslight questions when I mentioned racism. This gaslighting, although supposedly “intellectual” or “critical,” is pretty much always a way of defending oneself and the idea that “not everything is racist.” Damn.. if I had a dime..

These rebuttals can sound a little bit like this:

“Well, what are ALL of the details?”

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