Jackie Aina is a force of nature. The popular influencer is fabulous, fierce, and calls out racism in the beauty industry whenever she sees it. She recently unveiled her new Anastasia Beverly Hills eye shadow palette, which she designed expressly for darker skin tones — and now, you guessed it, white people are accusing her of racism. Wait, what?
People are calling her racist because of one shade name in particular.
Let's go back to Sociology 101.
Racism = power structure + bigotry. This racism against white people, or "reverse racism," is not a real thing. Allow a black person to explain:
"We all have hardships, but as the demographic that has historically held all the power — and whose power has dictated the oppression of others — white people simply can’t be victims of racism. The idea of reverse racism is just a white person’s response to the threat of lost power — not real oppression," wrote Ludmila Leiva for Complex.