Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie just perfectly shut down a white man when he tried to define racism and we applaud
We totally didn’t need anymore reasons to adore feminist icon Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie but it seems that she’s going to give us more anyway.
Stopping by BBC Newsnight, Chimamanda totally schooled this white man on racism and we applaud.
Whether it’s opening up about her views on Beyoncé’s feminism or slaying our lives as the face of this British makeup brand, we’re in awe of Chimamanda and everything she represents. That’s why we’re living for her response to a white man who tried to claim that Donald Trump and the rhetoric surrounding the election hadn’t been racist.
Speaking on BBC’s Newsnight along side R. Emmett Tyrrell, editor-in-chief of a conservative magazine, American Spectator, Chimamanda shut him down when he said that Trump hadn’t been racist.
"I am sorry, but if you are a white man, you don’t get to define what racism is. You really don’t," Chimamanda told Tyrell after he denied that Trump had been racist."
When Tyrrell tried to argue that he could, the author totally stopped him in his tracks/
"No, you don’t get to sit there and say that he hasn’t been racist when objectively, he has. And it's not about your opinion. Racism is an objective reality. And Donald Trump has inhabited that reality.
Tyrrell tried to accuse Chimamanda of using the Marxist theory of false consciousness, sarcastically and defensively saying that he couldn’t even “open my mouth here because I am a white male.”
This, however, wasn’t going to stop Chimamanda from calling him out. Using Donald Trump’s comments about Mexican judge, Gonzalo Curiel, as an example, the author said that it proves her point.
"If he says to us, for example, that a judge — a United States judge is unable to judge him fairly because he is Mexican that is racist — objectively racist.
Watch the full interview between Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and R. Emmett Tyrrell below.
Calling out such microaggressions that R. Emmett Tyrrell is expressing is so important. Without people like Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie speaking out in a calm manner, there’s no chance that people will learn from what they’re saying. We totally applaud her for speaking out on this important issue.