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Saturday, 12 November 2016

"I am sorry but if you are a white man you don't get to define what racism is" : Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The accomplished author said this during a discussion with Emmett Tyrrell on whether Donald Trump is racist or not on BBC Newsnight. Watch after the cut...


73 comments:

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vinna saviour said...

Just luv dis woman

Bonita Bislam said...

Looool apt!It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.

Amebo said...

Oh! Chimamanda is a blessing to Africa. She is one of the best things to have come out of Nigeria

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dj banti said...

True talk
I live dis lady like
Crazy.
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kulikuli said...

Ngozika Chimamanda Adichie!
Stomping around where even angels fear to thread.
God will be with you and protect you.

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Anonymous said...

I used to think food don't really matter but now I know better after drinking garri and groundnut for close to a week.I hope my 3months salary will be paid on Monday. Can anyone help me with 3000 naira to cook a meal and transport myself to work on Monday. Pls chiochio9014@yahoo.com. Thank you

Anonymous said...

She's very wrong there in my humble opinion. Everyone can experience racism regardless of colour. It just so happens that it's the majority race or ethnic group in any given society that tends to perpetuate the crime.

Anonymous said...

Yes and if you're ibo your don't get to define what being tribalist is...
Chimamanda you're just as discriminatory as a racist white man...discriminating against your fellow Nigerian cos he / she is not ibo

Bigot like you calling the kettle black...

Anonymous said...

Ok, what does that mean? Where's the rest of the story?

livingstone chibuike said...

D world shuld get ready for dis man

ORDINARY PEOPLE said...

She ironically made a racist comment. She is a racist.

Anonymous said...

She's so full of herself. Pompous human being.

Anonymous said...

You no sabi read... She said the rest of the story is in the video, if you no get data to watch video, just keep moving... Hian

Anonymous said...

I used to think food don't really matter but now I know better after drinking garri and groundnut for close to a week.I hope my 3months salary will be paid on Monday. Can anyone help me with 3000 naira to cook a meal and transport myself to work on Monday. Pls chiochio9014@yahoo.com thank you

Odibe Blessing said...

Hmmnnnn

Anonymous said...

of course she right...only a black man can define what racism is...it doesnt apply to them it apply to the blacks...

Anonymous said...

it simply means a black person is more likely to "experience" racism than a white person hence how can you define what you haven't experienced?

pumpkin

Eddy Ogbunambala said...

Ok

Onah Erochukwu said...

She is powerful.....
Go girl.......
Nwa mara ife! ~Nwa_Nsukka

uchenna njoku said...

This girl is a bigger bigot than Trump. Imagine a white guy saying that based on your skin colour you can define a word. Let's do like Michael Jackson and look at the man in the mirror.

Eleojo Blessing said...

Ok

christie benjamin said...

She's right though bc only Blacks knows what they pass thru in the hands of dem Whites.

Anonymous said...

It's means unless you have a lived experience of racism, you don't get to tell people, who have faced it all their lives, what it means.

It means if you're not a woman, you don't get to tell her what to do with her body.

If you're not gay, you don't get to tell gay people what you think is wrong with them.

If you're not an expert, or experienced, you don't get to tell people who have more experience than you, what you think.

We live in a world, where everyone wants to have an opinion, when they don't have a clue.

This is why America now has a racist, sexist, homophobic, religiously intolerant mentalist in the presidency.

It means everyone that isn't a white man, should be very worried, because it was men like this, that messed up the world in the first place, with all forms of deception and corruption that we suffer from.

So, when they try to tell us what they think the world is, we have to take it with a pinch of salt. Because, they address liars.

Mabia Vincent c. Mabia vincent c. said...

On point...

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Anonymous said...

She never see anything.
She when open her pussy fuck white man to have her baby nko?
Is she not a slave?

Anonymous said...

may b she's trying to say a white man does nt v a taste of the suffering of those who are discriminated v in other words a white man can't define racism

Vic said...

@Anonymous 12/11/2016 1:17PM: People like you should not even be allowed to comment on this blog in the first place. It's a shame you're able to do so.What's the connection between your dumb statement and the issue at hand about Trump being a racist.

Personally,She's right. A white cannot define racism especially when he's not fully aware of the actions his kind take towards individuals of other skin colours. I don't believe Trump is a racist although he has made some absurd statements which has motivated a lot of racists in the U.S. What I expect him as a leader to do now is be more direct in his speeches denouncing the need for any form of anger, hatred, or racial remarks simply for the country and the world to move forward. The first victory speech he gave is a start but more has to be said

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Owa said...

Thats racist.
Chimamanda please dont join the racist gang.

Racism dos not have todo with whether u r black or white, you can be black andd racist and this your statement is racist

Uju Phil said...

What an epic response, until one experiences racism one Wldnt be able to explain racism! #LuyaAmanda

pixiedust said...

Thank you. At least someone with sence.

Anonymous said...

Very lame of her.

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Ariwayo Odunayo said...

She even made a racist statement

Anonymous said...

She even made a racist statement

Anonymous said...

Why nobody told her own uncle to be an african booty scratcher

Stfu pls chimamanda and stick to being a novelist

A white man is entitled to an opinion, if bitches can flap their gums and he fought for that right

They would still be using nail clippers to rip your clitoris off if not of the struggles the white man fought for

Anonymous said...

I swear i hate the dumb bitch for this
Do you know trump said that about the judge because it was fucking true
No one has to be pc for you liberal fuckwits

Femi said...

Chimamanda needs to apologize for this statement. That was so pompous of her. We all need to remember that it was white men who defined racism and fought against it initially. They spilled their blood in the American civil war because of black men. How can she ever say that? It's really unfair.

Amandi Esonwanne said...

If you are going to call her names why don't you donit under your name? She is not hiding. She's out in the open. Try that.

Vivian Reginalds said...

Hmmm
-D great anonymous now as Vivian Reginalds

Anonymous said...

Her statement was completely wrong
What does she mean by "white man". that is racist on its own.

And who says races other than blacks do not suffer racism one way or the other?

She needs to be more measured in her statements.


CHERYL (aka FROM GLORY to GLORY) said...

Pls that's a very dumb statement. Dnt whites too experience racism? Haven't some of them also face what blacks and others skin colours experience. Jonathan cheban, Kim's best friend shared a video on instagram showing a white guy being beaten badly cos trump won election. If that isn't racism I wonder what that is.

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CHERYL (aka FROM GLORY to GLORY) said...

Pls that's a very dumb statement. Dnt whites too experience racism? Haven't some of them also face what blacks and others skin colours experience. Jonathan cheban, Kim's best friend shared a video on instagram showing a white guy being beaten badly cos trump won election. If that isn't racism I wonder what that is.

Long Live LIB

dee boi said...

Bold woman... dee

Amandi Esonwanne said...

We all know that technically sexism applies to both men and women. But is it really men who have to worry about sexism in this world? It's the white male that defined races in terms of what is different from white. And while a white person can be victim of racism is he really the person that has to worry about it in this world? If he isn't, how can he then be the person to define it when he has little or no experience of what it means? That is what Chimamanda is saying. But her interlocutor would insist on telling her what racism is. He might even tell her what sexism and misogyny are as well.

Amandi Esonwanne said...

Really Femi?

Anonymous said...

I watch the full discussion last night onBBC2 and I was super proud of this lady . Good to be a Nigerian.

Eagle1 said...

I watched it live on BBC. I was disapponted at her comments. She sounded very racist.

Anonymous said...

She's just arrogant!

chosengospel said...

Pixie dust check your spelling. You should've paid more attention in class because Chimamanda did.

chosengospel said...

The racism in America is same as tribalism in Nigeria. It's a human thing. It won't end today, it didn't start today. Use Buhari as a case study.

Eagle1 said...

I watched it live on BBC. The gentleman was only reacting to the moderator's comment that "Trump the KKK candidate.....has won' His point was that KKK is very marginal to the victory. Chimanda, in reponse,went out of line by her statement. I was disappointed she got it twisted as all Clinton supporters.She came out really biased and out of line. Yet people will clap for her.

Anonymous said...

Jealous of her. Try and be on CNN at least.

Anonymous said...

Why be so jealous of her? Try and get featured on CNN at least.

Anonymous said...

Keep your mouth shut, do you know how people like Martin Luther Jnr fought for freedom? Do you know the story of Nelson Mandela? What Whiteman shed blood for the fight against racism? Keep making blunders. Do you know how many Negro blood that was shed in the streets of Alabama? Because social media has emerged, everybody now hides behind their Nokia 3310 and write rubbish.

Anonymous said...

Keep your mouth shut, do you know how people like Martin Luther Jnr fought for freedom? Do you know the story of Nelson Mandela? What Whiteman shed blood for the fight against racism? Keep making blunders. Do you know how many Negro blood that was shed in the streets of Alabama? Because social media has emerged, everybody now hides behind their Nokia 3310 and write rubbish.

Anonymous said...

Keep your mouth shut, do you know how people like Martin Luther Jnr fought for freedom? Do you know the story of Nelson Mandela? What Whiteman shed blood for the fight against racism? Keep making blunders. Do you know how many Negro blood that was shed in the streets of Alabama? Because social media has emerged, everybody now hides behind their Nokia 3310 and write rubbish.

Feyi said...

She made a racist comment...

Anonymous said...

I rather have sense than sence. Cos it's obvious you guys have clouded your si-called sence with jealousy and hatred

Anonymous said...

Yep!,She really did messed up. I root for Chimamanda, but these days She seems to be fishing in waters that she's not accustomed to.Stay off politics. I was surprise that as a writer she cannot articulate her argument without insulting the man.

Anonymous said...

Just one person coming under anonymous to antagonize Chimamanda. Why so Jealous? She's made in life. Try and be somebody and achieve half of what she has achieved,and stop using multiple ids and anonymous to express your anger and jealousy. Chimamanda You go girl, you're right, white people don't know anything about racism because they've not felt it.

Adios Och said...

Chimamanda is being racist...and that's bad...she's using up her emotion's to judge...She's so wrong here

Adios Och said...

Chimamanda is being racist...and that's bad...she's using up her emotion's to judge...She's so wrong here

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Anonymous said...

Thank you. Jesus christ. So many blind bats here spitting crap. You Cant beat a kid to correct another. She made a racist comment indirectly, and I'm surprised many choose to ignore this. I am a black man, but that fact shouldn't make me blind to the truth. If we all (blacks) put hands to label the white man as being racist. That action in itself is being racist hence we are the same thing we label/prosecute others with. Sigh.

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