Watch: Chimamanda Adichie Schools White Man: ‘You Don’t Get To Define Racism’

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie receives an honorary doctorate of Humane Letters from Johns Hopkins University on May 18, 2016, in Baltimore.
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There is a conservative trope that many like to play up (like the so-called race card), basically saying that they are “silenced” on race because they are white.

Well, R. Emmett Tyrrell, editor-in-chief of the American Spectator, tried it with author, self-proclaimed feminist and all-around badass Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on BBC News Tonight, and was promptly shut down—by her intellect, and her mouth.


In a short clip of the two discussing Donald Trump’s election, Tyrrell started putting his foot in his mouth by saying that Trump “hasn’t been a racist.”

Adichie countered, smiling, by saying, “I’m sorry, but as a white man, you don’t get to define what racism is; you really don’t.”

She continued, “It’s not about your opinion. Racism is an objective reality and Donald Trump is an inhabitant of that objective reality.”

Now, you know how white folk don’t like black women especially telling them what they can or cannot do or say. This obviously intellectually overpowered conservabot blathered on about being shut down because he was white and the theory of “false consciousness” and tried to brand Adichie a Marxist. He then asked Adichie to give an example of Trump’s racism. Really, dude?


Adichie promptly recounted the fact that Trump said that Judge Gonzalo Curiel, a U.S. judge who is trying the Trump University case, could not be impartial because his parents are Mexican. “That is racist,” said Adichie simply. “That is objectively racist.”

Then this lightweight tried to counter that by saying that Curiel “looks white.”

I know it took everything for Adichie not to roll her eyes before she said, “Well, that’s not the point. It’s about what your candidate said.”


Watch the massacre below:

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