Published in


I’ve Been Accused of ‘Acting White,’ but I’m Not the Real Problem

Mannerisms and speech mean nothing. ‘Reacting white’ is the issue.

Photo: iStockphoto/Getty Images/Standard License/Milkos

WWhen I was a kid, I couldn’t outrun the accusations that I “acted white.” My denials didn’t deter my relatives and classmates, and neither did anything I said about rubber and glue. Meanwhile, my parents tried to tell me everything about me…




Higher Learning. A publication from Medium for the interested man.

Recommended from Medium

Actually, “Whites” Hate “Whites” the Most

Derek Chauvin’s guilty verdict will never bring me peace

An image of George Floyd in a necklace worn by a family member.

On Behalf of My Sisters: A Self-Help Curriculum for White Women

Racism: a passerby’s standpoint

What Systemic Racism Is — and Isn’t

Stephen Miller and ‘How the Sausage Is Made’

Why the Sidelines are Not “Neutral”

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
Sam McKenzie Jr.

Sam McKenzie Jr.

Get my newsletter: https://onequalterms.substack.com

More from Medium

Do Jewish Lives Matter to Whoopi Goldberg?

Kyle Rittenhouse is Innocent Legally but Not Morally, and Not Actually

Dear White Allies, Will You Die For Me?

American Math: Black + Female = Unqualified