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“I am sorry but if you are a white man you don’t get to define what racism is” – Chimamanda Adichie tells R Emmett Tyrrell, editor of ‘American Spectator’ | WATCH

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Nigerian novelist, Chimamanda Adichie, went head to head with the editor in chief of the American Spectator, R Emmett Tyrrell on the issue of whether U.S President-elect, Donald Trump, is a racist.

They were guests on BBC Newsnight, a news and current affairs TV programme.

When Tyrrell, during his speech, said Trump “hasn’t been racist”, Adichie cut in, and said: “I am sorry but if you are a white man you don’t get to define what racism is”.

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  1. A Real Nigerian

    November 12, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    “I am sorry but if you are a white man you don’t get to define what racism is”.
    Isn’t that statement itself racist? Seems she is letting her emotions cloud her judgment here.
    Racism is simply discrimination based on race. It is not specific to any defined set of people. I don’t get why people always say blacks cannot be racist. It doesn’t make any sense whatsoever.

    • Nene

      November 12, 2016 at 2:32 pm

      What r u on about? White people shouldnt get to define racism, even though they do it all the time. They created racism as we know it today.

    • bitumen

      November 12, 2016 at 3:21 pm

      A white man can define racism and blacks can be racist. For example a black man can easily use the N word as we have seen many rappers use it in their albums. Someone like Obama can use it as hes half white/half black but a white man dare not use the N Word. So it seems to me usage of the N word is based on the melanin content of your skin. So if you have twins where one looks white and the other looks black, only one can use the N word; That too me is racism. It is either everyone is allowed to say the N Word or no one is allowed to say it. We often forget that so many whites also fought for end of slavery and promotion of civil rights.

    • tunmi

      November 12, 2016 at 2:40 pm

      Because racism is a system supported, fueled and encouraged by white supremacy. It’s not just one person, it is the major structures of society from the legal system to housing to finance to education to many other sectors. Racism is prejudice and power, and by power–institutional power. Black people can sure as hell be prejudiced but they cannot be racist. Not in America.

      Also the person who benefits from the system cannot be the one to define the deficiency of the system.

    • A Real Nigerian

      November 12, 2016 at 3:33 pm

      Racism is system supported. Okay. So let’s say I’m a white man, and I completely reject the “racist system”. I’m still not qualified to talk about racism yeah? LOL! Okay.

      “Also the person who benefits from the system cannot be the one to define the deficiency of the system.”
      This is false.
      Is it safe to say that there are men who benefit from the “patriarch” society? Let’s assume we agree on this. Now, moving on. Is it also safe that some of these men can be feminists? I also assume we both agree on this. Aren’t the men who indirectly benefit from the system now defining and standing up against the said system by being feminists?
      Because you benefit from the system doesn’t mean you cannot identify its faults and stand up to fix it.

    • Wanderlust _Trekeffect?

      November 12, 2016 at 3:52 pm

      If you are prejudiced based on race you are racist… Stop trying to twist definition to suit your opinion, Blacks can be racist whether or not they possess power. Use a dictionary

    • Anony

      November 12, 2016 at 4:41 pm

      So Black people can only be labelled as racist in Africa? In Nigeria for instance black people have the structural power to oppress white people? Please no bashing as I’m genuinely trying to understand racism vs prejudice.

    • nwa nna

      November 12, 2016 at 3:00 pm

      @Real Nigerian
      How can he define racism as a Caucasian when he has never been told he cannot vote because of the color of his skin, he cannot sit down in a bus because of his skin color, he cannot drink from a certain water fountain because of his skin color, he is unintelligent because of his skin color, he will not get hired because of his skin color, he doesn’t know what it means to be profiled because of his skin color?
      Would it be fair to tell the same man that he cannot define what it means to be a Nigerian when he has never walked in the same shoes as the average Nigerian in Nigeria???
      Can he say to you, the Real Nigerian that he understands it means to be a Real Nigerian better that you?

    • A Real Nigerian

      November 12, 2016 at 3:18 pm

      Your Nigerian analogy doesn’t make much sense because while being Nigerian is limited to people born in Nigeria, being racist or not (or being able to define racism) is not specific to a defined set of people. Simply being able to grasp the ideology behind racism and rejecting it makes you completely qualified to talk about racism in Chimamanda’s context whether you are jewish, latino, black, white, arab or whatever.

    • Gaijin

      November 12, 2016 at 4:27 pm

      Try being a white guy living in China.

      Any race can be the target of racism, just as any race can dish out racism.

      Saying “You’re (race x), you can’t define racism” is in itself racist.

    • Germaine.

      November 12, 2016 at 5:15 pm

      @nwa nna, you must be the only person on BN who thinks @A Real Nigerian is actually Nigerian. And, ,capable of sane, rational, intelligent thought.

    • Dominion

      November 12, 2016 at 3:15 pm

      Her comment is racist in nature! Do a reality check by asking her if she could marry a white man, and watch her reaction! Her comments is ridiculous! It means racism is a one way thing! That’s absurd!

    • yinka

      November 13, 2016 at 6:34 am

      Your reaction in itself shows no logic that someone disagreed with your opinion and you attack like that is the working definition of bigotry.

    • Esther

      November 14, 2016 at 2:04 am

      You are ridiculous to equate preference to racism. I can’t marry a white man but it doesn’t make me racist. If a white person says he/she can’t marry a black person is not racist. It’s the hatred that America was built on that makes people sensitive to what white people say but everything is not racism.

    • femi

      November 12, 2016 at 3:52 pm

      Yes, you’re right that’s racist but in this case and situation for discuss, it was not intended at any race’s detriment. It was for clarity and she made a valid point with that for that fact we the black people are at the “receiving end” of the marginalization. Truth be told, if you have to measure racism through words, we black people are most racist. White people then institutionalized it which then is most oppressive but “coded”.

    • ck

      November 12, 2016 at 3:55 pm

      When i saw the header i concluded she was being racist but if you listen to the video she says he cant define racism because racism is objective (in simple terms she means he cant define racism because as a white man he doesn’t have the experience to objectively do so), same way he cant claim to objectively define what being Nigerian is because he is no Nigerian and hasn’t got the experience which everyday Nigerians have – to be fair thats why he cant understand that Trump saying ‘how can a latino be a judge to him’ is 100% racist.
      I’m being liberal here, like Ben Bruce i believe trump is a better president for the US than Clinton, but he was quite racist in some of what he said and i hope it is just political antics, i also believe a lot of blacks and minorities are racist but in this case Chimamanda wasn’t

    • G

      November 13, 2016 at 9:11 pm

      That’s the problem of taking things out of context and responding with emotion. Listen to respond not listen while loading your argument ;one turns to miss vital information.
      I did listen to what she said and agree to what you wrote cK. She was referring to experience. And I totally agree with her. The privilege of being white is real!
      Lets hope Trump was using political antics.

    • curious

      November 12, 2016 at 5:55 pm

      racism:

      etymology

      From French racisme.

      noun
      – The belief that each race has distinct and intrinsic attributes.
      – The belief that one race is superior to all others.
      – Prejudice or discrimination based upon race.
      Malcolm X and Martin Luther King both spoke out against racism.

      – 2007, Joseph Godson Amamoo, Ghana: 50 years of independence
      For, if racism against non-whites is morally wrong and unjustifiable, then how can racism against whites be morally right and justifiable?

      Had to use my dictionary cause I was getting confused! From that definition I think anyone can be racist, and prejudice is a synonym of the word racist……so all those of u using the word are contradicting yourselves.

    • curious

      November 12, 2016 at 5:58 pm

      ***all of you OR those of you” please not “all those of you….”
      Pardon me please?

    • Seriously

      November 12, 2016 at 5:59 pm

      Did you like your own comment or people are this ignorant? Please educate yourself. The term racism stems from white supremacy which is the reason it’s difficult for white people themselves to understand, see through the lens of a black person. Majority of Whites don’t actually believe racism exists because to them they believe they are just fighting to preserve, protect their own race even if it means at the detriment of others. Whites started hatred, division for another human being based on skin color which was perpetuated through colonization and slavery. When a group of people think they are more superior than another group based on skin color and the “inferior” group don’t deserve the same human rights, it’s racism.
      My mom’s side of the family is quite interesting, my grandfather was the type of man who had confederate flag in his home and proudly spoke of the history of this country. He saw slavery and native Americans being killed as empowerment of white people. Is he racist? He can’t be right because he allowed his daughter to marry a Nigerian man and has a black granddaughter. All I’m saying is racism is a mindset, it’s deeper than the surface. What Adichie said is not racist at all. I wish people will stop lumping everything up. If a white person says I don’t date/marry a black person, it doesn’t make them racist unless their reason is because they believe black people are lower. If a black person says “I don’t like to be around white people” it doesn’t automatically make him/her racist. There are legitimate reasons which is definitely not because they feel more superior and naturally hate them. It’s due to a reciprocated feeling.

    • Curious

      November 12, 2016 at 8:16 pm

      @seriousy,
      I don’t if know if your comment was a response to mine,but if it is, I would like you to know he following:
      1. You are entitled to your opinion, just as I am to mine. Venting your frustration under my comment was uncalled for.
      2. Nothing irritates me as much as people who argue with no basis or evidence. In my comment above I sited a source. I gave you the dictionary meaning, and referenced a statement by a respected African. You on the other , all you did was rant with no evidence or intelligent counter.
      3. You say racism Was started by the white man? Two questions
      a. Who exactly is a white man?
      b. In what year did the white man start racism?
      The reasons for the above questions is that the term “white man” is vague…..arab egyptians for instance hate blacks…..and that could be traced back to ancient Egypt. Pls educate yourself. Not all “whites” like “white men”…. racism is as serious within Africa as it is in other parts of the world. Wikipedia and Google is free….pls read.

    • Seriously

      November 13, 2016 at 12:10 am

      @curious
      Get over yourself, ain’t nobody checking for you. I actually responded to Real Nigerian.
      But since you addressed me. I know Arabs enslaved Africans before Europeans came in the picture. Also Africans enslaved themselves but we are speaking of European whites now. My point is, blacks didn’t start hating white people in the first place for no reason, the hatred, racism, discrimination started with white people who displayed their hatred against blacks. Apartheid in South Africa, the enslavement of blacks in America and the systematic racism are examples. This is not a matter of whether blacks are racists too.
      The reason White Americans are targeted when it comes to racism is because it was an extended, blatant discrimination where it became an issue of blacks fighting for their basic human rights and freedom. Blacks being lynched based on the color of their skin, where there was a clear segregation between blacks and whites, the separate but equal, brown vs board of education were serious issues facing America. Chimamanda is just saying white people have a distorted way to see racism as opposed to the recipients of it. So, she’s not necessarily saying a white man cant but he won’t have a balanced perspective on racism. It’s like a Nazi defining holocaust or discrimination against Jews. I gave an example of my grandfather to say, this is a southern man who has a confederate flag in his house that’s a flag that represents one of the darkest, hateful times in America but to him it’s an American history. The way he sees racism is not the same way a black person whose ancestors lived through that time will see it.
      Sigh

    • seyi

      November 12, 2016 at 6:30 pm

      Pls, did you watch the video?

    • Me

      November 12, 2016 at 9:12 pm

      Because black people are their own worst enemy,we will forever remain the leftovers of what it meant to ‘easily rule over savages aka blacks.’ I am not trying to be equal to whites, I am trying to take everything that was taken from us by greedy black leaders and white supremacist. I don’t care if it means whites being slaves. Then we can talk on equality. If I am too come back to this world again I rather come white from first world countries, at least I know they protect their own. Unlike blacks, what did Madam Chimanda say, that you can’t seem to understand;

    • fleur

      November 12, 2016 at 10:58 pm

      Racism, ethnicism, sexism, etc is that phenom where you use one’s social classification to assign value to the individual. when you assign little value to the individual on the receiving end of your assessment, it has toxic effects such as denying people employment based on what they look like or present as, denying people education, or thinking people are not worth being free and acting on that notion. However, if you also assign higher value to one social grouping relative to others including your own social group, you are also doing something bad, especially to yourself (Nigerians check yourself and your worship of leaders, politicians and celebrities) if such behavior places you the perpetrator in a place of subservience and vulnerability, and therefore makes you a likely victim of subservience. The worst part is the mental enslavement that happens in the latter scenario such that as Chimamnda pointed out, the oppressed becomes the enabling factor and perpetrator in a system of oppression. In America, they frequently reference the “house slaves,” that lived in the house, perhaps the products of rape, who believe they are very distinct from the “field slaves” and in a manner of superiority. In this disposition, they are prone to become the very guard dogs of the oppressive slave masters and become the instruments through which oppression is meted out. they suffer the same hard fate as field slaves should they err from their assigned guard dog role. think about the thugs of Nigerian politicians who will fight for their Ogas for peanuts, maim and kill all in their path including their relatives, and live to be maimed and killed because they have assigned a higher value to the lives of their masters. They also easily fall out of favor. They are the most oppressed humans in Nigeria. They are treated as if they are only good for scum of the earth assignments. Yet, they lick it up. Body disposers is all their bosses value them for. They never ask – is the pay commensurate with the harm that comes to self from being the perpetrator of crimes based on political affiliation. You are not racist, sexist, and any other “ist” if you refuse to assign value to people based on ways in which they are grouped in society.

    • Charlie

      November 13, 2016 at 3:44 pm

      I will like to applaud Ms Adichie for keeping her composure and making a valid/logical argument because that guy was spewing nothing but nonsense. It’s interesting how defensive whites are when it’s one of them, they create excuses. and become defensive. This confirms once again how powerful, manipulative they are and believe they should get away with things. When President Obama was running for office, he was criticized, scrutinized and held accountable for what he has said and people who he has been associated with. He was called every name you can think of. But for some reason we should simply accept Trump’s divisive words and not hold him accountable for anything. It’s true a white man doesn’t get to define what racism is, the white man in the video is perfect example of what Chimamanda meant because he refused to acknowledge the reality of America, brushed off KKK because he probably doesn’t see anything wrong with it. Go Chimamanda. Do not back down, leave the lost Nigerians to alone. What do you expect majority of Nigerian idolize White people anyway, so I’m not surprise by their backlash.

  2. EC

    November 12, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    she is calm and poise while stating her arguments even when she knows he is saying rubbish. we all could learn from this.

    • Nkechi

      November 12, 2016 at 3:11 pm

      Adichie is right . A white man cannot define racism. He has no deep clue about it. She is not fighting but fighting for a cause got us this far. (don’t get me wrong, you can fight something wrong in a peaceful manner) .If Martin Luther King had not stated his point quiet firmly, do you think you’d have a chance or if Mandella had not fought what do you think would have happened. Chimamanda is neither my friend or relative and I don’t agree with everything she says but I am an objective person who is reasonable. She has not done anything wrong in this case. She is only pointing out troubling facts that must be known before a mess erupts. I admire her boldness in the midst of white supremacy.

    • Maxine

      November 12, 2016 at 6:38 pm

      Thank you Nkechi. I don’t know what people are going on about. Is it because it’s Chimamanda? I have noticed that it’s getting quite trendy to bash her just for the heck of it….
      And no! I do not sport or endorse all her utterances, but in this instance, she’s very right. Particularly in the CONTEXT of this conversation, he is NOT qualified to define racism!

    • IntelliJ

      November 12, 2016 at 7:00 pm

      I think she was condescending, it wasn’t called for . She could have made her point without all the funny faces and think racism is about power and race. If you have the power you can be racial. So whites and blacks can be equally racial towards each other. For example a white police man has the power to be racial towards black men, same way Black police men also have the power to be racial towards white men, its all about who has the power and resources.
      I remember Lil wayne saying he doesn’t identify with the black lives matter movement because he has the financial resources (power) and has white fan and is totally disconnected against the struggles of a black man without resources.

      Racism goes both ways. Except we as blacks agree that we are inferior?

    • fleur

      November 12, 2016 at 11:05 pm

      He started the condescension when she was asked to opine and she tried to talk and he egged her on. That is what those who feel superior to you try to do to intimidate you. It was like a gbeeni, oya talk make we hear wetin you fit talk kind of egging.

  3. Paul Adeyemo

    November 12, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    Chimamanda, everything is not about fight, we all know Trump is a racist but your statement that a white man cannot define racism is absolutely ridiculous. I have always watched your interviews or read your articles, it is always about either a fight or a contest, if its not Ibo vs Yoruba, it is men vs women or black vs white. A white man cannot define racism, but African Americans are far more racist than the whites in the US. Life is not always about fighting for rights that are real or imaginary.

    • A Real Nigerian

      November 12, 2016 at 2:15 pm

      Jesus. I can’t believe I agree with some parts of your comment. I already feel very dirty and unwashed at the mere thought that I am agreeing with a NIGERIAN MAN-BEAST like you. *shudders*

    • Nahum

      November 12, 2016 at 2:20 pm

      Oh shut up jor!!!!! For you, once a woman opens her mouth, she is fighting. Just shut up and go away. The world is changing and women are changing, accept it or not this is a new era.

    • AceOfSpades

      November 12, 2016 at 3:43 pm

      Nahum seems Paul is right! You are doing exactly what you are preaching against. You are fighting! Let me run away before you attack me.

    • The Real Oma

      November 12, 2016 at 2:47 pm

      @Paul Adeyemo, please give a direct quote or paste a link where Ms Adichie ever presented a ‘fight or contest’ between Igbos and Yorubas. Yes, i am sure you don’t have any because it is something that is going on in your head and in your mind, you look at her and you cannot get past the fact that she is Igbo and automatically that translates to a competition for you as a Yoruba man – If tribe does not destroy Nigeria, nothing else would!
      And it is fight/contest for her because she speaks passionately about something she believes in? How typical!

    • Paul Adeyemo

      November 12, 2016 at 3:20 pm

      During the Lagoon saga 2015 general election. BN published the article that she pitched Yoruba against the Ibos

    • The Real Oma

      November 12, 2016 at 6:01 pm

      @Paul Adeyemo, that doesn’t cut it, please give a quote or paste a link to the article you speak of to support your claim. I remember reading a piece by her on that issue and there was NO pitting any tribe against another in it, but i am happy to see a quote from you proving otherwise!

    • Damilola

      November 12, 2016 at 8:28 pm

      “African American are more racist than whites in the U.S”.
      Paul, I didn’t know you are this deeply lost. Whites will have a big laugh at such foolish statement. It’s not even worth analyzing.

    • Afro-Americans

      November 12, 2016 at 10:14 pm

      That’s true, they are racist towards people from Africa, they call they “booty scratchers”

    • Chioma

      November 13, 2016 at 8:59 am

      So, because they call Africans booty scratcher they are more racist than whites. Whites who call and see Africans as inferior, uncivilized monkeys are better. Learn to differentiate between racism and ignorance. Bella naija has been hijacked by uneducated, ignorant people. I miss the BN when it has sensible, logical, intelligent people.

  4. Luola

    November 12, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    From Beyonce’s feminism is not my feminism to telling a white man he cannot define racism because he is white! *deep sigh* Ms. Adiche I am a big fan of your literary works and I know beyond a shade of a doubt that you are well read and exposed but you need to learn to listen to other people’:s opinions and sometimes agree to disagree. Having strong opinions does not mean you not allowing someone else express theirs. Having strong opinions means that no matter the opinion of others, your opinion remains unwavered! You are probably one of Nigeria’s biggest literary exports ever, please do not become a victim of the danger of a single story you preach about. A white man has every right to define racism because your statement that he cannot do so has just made him a victim of the very same racism! The world has been telling a single story of strong black women we are counting on people like you to change the narrative please!

    • Skass

      November 12, 2016 at 6:29 pm

      Best comment so far.

    • nene+

      November 12, 2016 at 11:38 pm

      I strongly don’t get what people are angry at? Are you angry the man lied Donald Trumps campaigns wr not racist? Oh please Nigerians!!

      Adichie thank you for teaching the man and other racist some boldness lectures!

      What did Adichie say that Obama, Bloomberg, Mc Cain, Jeb Bush, Paul Ryan, Romney and an average rational person not said about Donald Trump and his deplorables?

    • Chioma

      November 13, 2016 at 9:07 am

      You are telling an African woman to keep silent and bow down to whites. Do you tell a white person to change his/her strong opinion? Africans/black people have a long way to go. Chimamanda has every right to have her strong opinions especially when it makes sense. She’s speaking her truth. Africans are we this scared of standing our ground? But we want change and the world to view us differently yet we caution one another to not tell the truth. No wonder Africa is so doomed, Nigerians are crying change but are not ready to stand for change. Bunch of cowards.
      People are clearly clueless of what racism means. What she said is not racist at all rather a way of simply saying a white man can’t fully understand the victims of racism when he’s the cause of it.

  5. Thelma

    November 12, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    I watched this show last night and even recorded it. I couldn’t be more proud of Chimamanda

    • Maxine

      November 12, 2016 at 6:42 pm

      Exactly. Especially as the fellow in question was being downright condescending.
      And was he not being contradictory in saying Trump the president will be different from Trump the candidate. If he was so good why is he changing???

  6. Teju TJ

    November 12, 2016 at 12:55 pm

    It is official. I love her. with all my heart. Even though she doesn’t know of my existence. Gosh, she gives me hope!!!! The level of intelligence and confidence.

    • A Real Nigerian

      November 12, 2016 at 2:36 pm

      This is the worst example of Chimamanda’s intelligence you could give though. She said Trump was racist for questioning the abilities of a latino judge simply because he is latino. When she had previously in the same interview questioned the ability of someone to talk about racism simply because he is white. That was not too smart on her part, eh?

    • Chioma

      November 13, 2016 at 9:15 am

      Trump questioned the ability of a Latino judge because he believes he’s incompetent especially following the statements he’s made about Latinos in this country. “You don’t send your best to the country”.
      Chimamanda is not questioning the ability of a white man to define racism not because she believes he’s incompetent rather his opinion will be biased and flawed. And he clearly displayed the biased and became defensive towards someone like Trump who is a white supremacist. I’m quite disappointed in Nigerians and how they chose to twist and use poor judgement in what chimamanda said. If you don’t like her fine but don’t display foolishness.

  7. Mr. Egghead

    November 12, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    The problem is that some quarters of the black intelligentsia believe that everything is racism. White girl don’t wanna date black boys, she’s racist. Black man don’t pass a test, the teacher is racist.
    Even Ellen Degeneres was called racist because of that video where she sat on the shoulders of Usain Bolt.

    • A Real Nigerian

      November 12, 2016 at 2:13 pm

      *MOST quarters of the black intelligentsia.
      FTFY.

    • Anon

      November 12, 2016 at 2:33 pm

      Wtf are you always saying? Black intelligentsia keh? Africans always say this because they don’t understand systemic racism and are not the victims of the system. Like really? A huge part of you probably thinks that you’re better off and smarter than the average African American that’s why. The guy was doing a classic white mansplaining which Chimamanda tried to explain. But as usual, let’s misunderstand Chimamanda and bash her even if we have to be coon-ish to do so

    • Tiwantiwa.

      November 13, 2016 at 12:00 am

      And you just displayed your own disgusting, highly insulting, falsely superior and extremely contemptuous mindset towards Africans with your completely unnecessary and uncalled for use of the word “”coon”” (“”coon-sh””). How such a word could even come to your mind, could still exist in your vocabulary in this day and age shows exactly the sort of racially prejudiced and racist (even if you are black) person you are, and, if you are black and therefore, of African descent, just how deep are the personal issues you have and need to resolve with your own self NOT Africans.

      Two wrongs do NOT a right make.

      That word is so incredibly all kinds of offensive and such a base slur, as you very well know, being either African-American or just American, and for you to take something that has been used against black people, specifically black people in America, from slave days and colonial times, and use it, turn it on Africans, (from whom you are and always will be no matter what) is just despicable and completely inexcusable.

      You are very much part of whatever problem you see, and face.

    • tunmi

      November 12, 2016 at 2:42 pm

      Ellen crossed a line with that photo because of the historical nature of the United States. Would I deem it racist, probably not. It’s insensitive. And it’s up to the marginalized people, the people who actually deal with racist societies to tell you what is racist and not. We should not be speaking over people’s hurt.

    • A Real Nigerian

      November 12, 2016 at 4:21 pm

      It was a harmless joke. There was nothing insensitive about it. Just a bunch of crybaby people making an issue out of nothing at all. Playing the race card all the time just because they can.

    • ATL's finest

      November 12, 2016 at 6:13 pm

      @Tunmi Ellen have done worse! Who takes that woman serious??? Everyone knows how she acts & beside, Usian was on her show before & everything was fine. Watch a clip where she went into the store with Michelle Obama. So everything can’t be labelled as Racism. Well I think no should be told know to define or express themselves period. She always come off ishy & I just don’t get it but then again, she’s always Calm while passing her points across #Amazing#.

  8. Didi

    November 12, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    I don’t get you Chimamanda, there are black men/women who are racist too. People are so dazed about how Trump managed to win. I recently saw the video of clergy men praying to God for Trump, that was when reality hit me. Christians are the reason Trump triumphed over Clinton, God heard the cry of all true “Christians” in American, they were tired of living in Sodom and Gomorrah’ a world where a man is allowed to marry a man, a world where as a clergy if you refuse to marry gay couples based on your believe, you will face the judgement. Trump might be crazy but he is sane enough to know that gay marriage is totally wrong before God. Every religion; be it Muslim, Buddhist whatever know this is totally wrong. The Devil pulled all these racist stunt just so the Democrats can have an edge over the Republican. When Buhari was running for president, we were all scared he would Islamize Nigeria. Up till today wetin don happen; that was PDP’s tactics. Trump will not even do half of what he allegedly said. So people should stop freaking out, this is all politics. I am happy that God has come back to America!

    • Timothy

      November 12, 2016 at 2:48 pm

      Are you saying God endorsed a man who likes grabbing pussies, says divisive things and who wouldnt rent out his apartment to minorities who can afford the rent. Well, that is not the God that i know and serve

    • EE

      November 12, 2016 at 3:54 pm

      You, a man, you’ve never grabbed a pussy??

      Nigerians and our pussyphobia.

    • Gabrielle.

      November 13, 2016 at 12:50 am

      @Timothy, you really should read your Bible more then. God has NO qualms in using the most flawed and/or the most evil individuals and nations to carry out His Purpose, even when it is against His Own people when they have sinned.

    • slice

      November 13, 2016 at 7:32 pm

      EE he said he grabbed without consent. That’s the issue

    • Chioma

      November 13, 2016 at 9:29 am

      This is not about black men and women who are racists. The same expectation is not applied to a man running for the biggest position in the world. Running for presidency calls for bringing people, the world together not become more divisive. Please, don’t use God to justify foolishness. Just because God allows something, it doesn’t mean it’s right. It can be used as a wakeup call to expose, teach us something. Trump winning is a reflection of the mind of Silent majority Americans. Majority of white Americans voted for him because he’s very pro white supremacy, he empowered more vocal racists, bigotry, discrimination you see since he won. Christians who voted for him voted for the party not the individual since republican ideologies are anti abortion, anti gay, anti big government spending etc.

  9. But.....

    November 12, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    Some blacks are racist though

    • tunmi

      November 12, 2016 at 2:50 pm

      Prejudiced not racist. They don’t have the power to deny you housing or provide loans at predatory rates or sentence white criminals for longer periods than for black criminals or restrict federal funds from low-income and majority black areas, etc etc

    • Girl

      November 12, 2016 at 3:12 pm

      For once someone gets it right. Racism can only be possible when one race has power over the other. There is no such thing as reverse racism. Can we be prejudiced? Yes but that usually comes as a result of racism faced. So Nigerians please there is nothing racist about what she said. Facts only please.

    • Ekene

      November 12, 2016 at 3:23 pm

      They don’t work as civil servants . @Tunmi you sound foolish

    • A Real Nigerian

      November 12, 2016 at 4:18 pm

      Jesus, dude. Stop. Just stop with this “blacks cannot be racist” talk. What you are trying to talk about is institutional racism, not just racism. Anybody can be racist. WTF?

    • Mawi

      November 12, 2016 at 6:19 pm

      Oh please! Some blacks are racist AF! And they would deny the white race all these things u mentioned when they do have the power to do so. You know it! Let’s call a spade a spade please.

    • Maxine

      November 12, 2016 at 6:44 pm

      Thank you Tunmi.

    • What an ass

      November 12, 2016 at 6:49 pm

      You should read a book. Institutional racism is different from racism. What slum did you study at? I have a white colleague who was beat up for entering a black neighbourhood in new York, they told him it was black zone. Would you stand there in your filth and say that is not racism? The mere assumption that a white person has never experienced racism is racist in itself.

    • Natu

      November 12, 2016 at 3:35 pm

      Blacks can’t be racist because they have no economic power. What do we have to be racist? Our economies are weak and the world’s poorest people live in black nations (Africa, South America and Caribbean). Prejudice maybe but definitely not racist!!

    • Petros.

      November 13, 2016 at 1:16 am

      @natu, you always display your gross un-intelligence and I have to say that this time is no different.

      Here’s some help for you if you can receive it:

      “”INDIVIDUAL RACISM refers to an individual’s racist assumptions, beliefs or behaviours and is “a form of racial discrimination that stems from conscious and unconscious, personal prejudice.” (Henry & Tator, 2006, p. 329). Individual Racism is connected to/learned from broader socio-economic histories and processes and is supported and reinforced by systemic racism.

      SYSTEMIC RACISM includes the policies and practices entrenched in established institutions, which result in the exclusion or promotion of designated groups. It differs from overt discrimination in that no individual intent is necessary. (Toronto Mayor’s Committee on Community and Race Relations. Race Relations. Myths and Facts) It manifests itself in two ways:

      INSTITUTIONAL RACISM: racial discrimination that derives from individuals carrying out the dictates of others who are prejudiced or of a prejudiced society

      STRUCTURAL RACISM: inequalities rooted in the system-wide operation of a society that excludes substantial numbers of members of particular groups from significant participation in major social institutions.” (Henry & Tator, 2006, p. 352)””

      ANY human being can be racist. It has nothing yo do with economic or any other power. It’s first just what you believe, how you think, the way you see, and then act against people of other races and ethnicities. e.g. there are Africans who will NEVER allow their children to marry or be in relationships with Caucasians, Asians or people of any other but the black race. They cannot stand whites, do not find them attractive in any way, don’t like their smell, their cultures and practices (including lgbtq), NOTHING about them, they look down on them, find them amusing and ridiculous, and irritating; and there are Africans who will never enter into relationships with or marry whites or any other race for the same reasons mentioned and others I may not know.

  10. LEM

    November 12, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    Thank you Chi, that’s white male privilege right there, giving excuses because he happens to be a white male. God forbid it was a woman or someone of color that made the same inflammatory speeches.

    • Dominion

      November 12, 2016 at 3:09 pm

      She said rubbish! Racism is both ways black or white

  11. Nwa nna

    November 12, 2016 at 1:25 pm

    Yup! She called him on his bullshit.. I’ve asked people on both sides of party line, that if an individual was being interviewed to be the principal in a school attended by your child or run your company & in the process of doing your background check you discovered and heard exactly the same things about him as Trumps background. Would you still proceed with hiring that person? Generally the answer I’ve heard has been No, in most cases FVCK NO!!
    What we are witnessing is what I tend to call a case selective morals.. Like she said, the bar was lowered by the Americans in order for a character like Trump to win the highest office of the land.. Here’s my opinion, when you give a pass to a bullshiter, it won’t be too long before they drop a load shit on you. Mark my words.

  12. Agu

    November 12, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    On this one my sister Chimmanda Adichie is wrong. Racism mean the same thing either it was explained by a black person or a white person.

    • Timothy

      November 12, 2016 at 2:50 pm

      She was clearing talking about “white privelege”, that was she meant by he cant talk about racism as a white male

    • Chioma

      November 13, 2016 at 9:36 am

      And you are wrong. It doesn’t mean the same thing when defined by a white or black man which is the reason there’s still a high percentage of racism happening in America. Who is in control? White majority don’t see anything wrong when there’s discrimination based on skin color, being minority and Trump’s divisive approach. An oppressor has a different definition/mindset than someone who is the victim of the oppression.

  13. segzie

    November 12, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    Madam Chimamanda, wake the F’up!!!!! Your chosen candidate lost squarely……………..Whether you like it or not DJT remains the POTUS for the next 4 Yrs and GOD willing he surpasses expectations, thats another 8 Yrs, I have lost respect for your person ever since you have been a supporter of Fraud called Killary and the Media!!!!! SMH……………….Next news please!!!!!

  14. Nunu

    November 12, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    Please they should have given her cane to flog this man’s smelly mouth. He’s in denial of Trumps racism and needs to be woken up with a manual resetting slap. Mscheeew. How can you compare KKK to anything else in this world?

  15. Beauty Angel

    November 12, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    Ok

  16. Mohammad

    November 12, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    My Chimamanda queening as usual!

    • A Real Nigerian

      November 12, 2016 at 2:22 pm

      76 likes in 20 minutes. Fishy.

    • lily

      November 12, 2016 at 6:23 pm

      Be there counting likes oh.

    • The Real Oma

      November 12, 2016 at 2:38 pm

      Oh yes, a queen she is, poised, articulate, intelligent, she rocks all day, everyday.
      If all these naysayers would only TRY to understand and not be blinded by their anger and prejudices, they might get her point yet, drawing a drink from her font of wisdom.
      But not everybody will get it, everybody never gets – if everybody ever gets it then there is something wrong with the message…

  17. july

    November 12, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    And her comment isn’t racist? Wow!

    • Anon

      November 12, 2016 at 2:34 pm

      Actually, no. Racism is a SYSTEM, not just an ideology. White people can be racist, black people can be VERY biased and prejudiced, but racism isn’t the word to use because they have nothing to gain from the already existing system.

    • Wanderlust _Trekeffect?

      November 12, 2016 at 3:49 pm

      Racism
      Noun
      1. The belief that each race has distinct and intrinsic attributes.
      2. The belief that one race or group of races is superior or inferior to another race or group of races.
      3. Prejudice or discrimination based upon race.

      Read before spewing crap

    • A Real Nigerian

      November 12, 2016 at 4:13 pm

      Racism is an individual ideology. Institutional racism is a collection of these hateful, individual ideologies to hinder people of a particular race. These are two very different things. And oh, racism is a learned ideology that is based on meaningless hatred. It is hatred. There is nothing to be gained like you implied with your incorrect “racism isn’t the word […] they have nothing to gain from your system” talk.

    • Gil.

      November 13, 2016 at 2:01 am

      “”Racism is an individual ideology. Institutional racism is a collection of these HATEFUL, INDIVIDUAL ideologies to hinder people of a particular race. These are two very different things. And oh, racism is a learned ideology that is based on MEANINGLESS HATRED. It is HATRED.””

      Well, if that doesn’t prove that a racist can define racism, I don’t know what will. That this definition can come from no other than @a (so-called) real Nigerian, who NEVER has anything remotely good or positive to see or say in/about Nigerians and Africans in general, especially the men but is always spewing all sorts of extremely “”HATEFUL””, irrational,, illogical, evil rants evincing “”MEANINGLESS HATRED””and the fruits of a clearly unbalanced and deeply troubled soul shows that some really can look in the mirror and never see or recognise what’s there AND that a racist can define racism.

  18. Nahum

    November 12, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    You can just tell by the comments the type of Nigerians that have never been exposed. Please, if you have not experienced a white man’s racism, don’t comment. Don’t come and state your ignorance as facts. African Americans are not more racist than whites, FACT! Black people are not crying wolf for no reason, racism is alive. So please sit down and don’t comment and allow the people who have experienced racism talk.

    • What an ass

      November 12, 2016 at 6:23 pm

      Great, now you can keep quiet cause your ignorance is bleeding through the obvious holes between your ears. I have lived in US for most of my life and I’m sure a lot of people on here have as well so they can talk about it as much as they want.
      It’s sad to see the monsters a lot of black people are becoming. What makes us any different from racist white people if this is how we think? How can people say a black person can’t be racist? Another ploy to hold yourselves to a lesser standard than an average white person.
      I wonder what Martin Luther King will think to see the monsters we have become when subjected to merely a fraction of what he faced.
      With such mentality you will certainly do worse than racist white folks if power were to shift hands.

  19. john

    November 12, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    The only thing I Love about Donald trump being president is that atleast all this feminism, sexism, racism, “isms” Pc Nonsense is going to be curtailed and even stoped

    • Anonymous

      November 12, 2016 at 6:05 pm

      Thats the only thing you love? Seriously?

  20. john

    November 12, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    The only thing I Love about Donald trump being president is that atleast all this feminism, sexism, racism, “isms” Pc Nonsense is going to be curtailed and even stoped.

  21. john

    November 12, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    The only thing I Love about Donald trump being president is that atleast all this feminism, sexism, racism, “isms” Pc Nonsense is going to be curtailed and even stoped

    • Jane

      November 12, 2016 at 5:34 pm

      John,

      Feminism, racism and sexism will seize to exist if and only if people are treated fairly and equally.

      You may never have had the experience of finding yourself within any of these marginalized groups in a society where it actually counts. Eg. Being black in Nigeria is different from being black in certain western societies so, it is highly unlikely that you have been on the receiving end of any of these “isms” as you call them. John, you are not a woman, therefore it is highly unlikely that you have been on the receiving end of sexism because in Nigeria and many other countries, the chances of you being male and being on the receiving end of sexism is less than 1%.

      John, the answer is not to silence the offended. The answer is to empathize and come together to make changes that need to be made. All human beings, men, women, white, black etc should have equal rights. No human being is better than another.

  22. Nene

    November 12, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    She definitely has a point. I agree.

    • Agu

      November 12, 2016 at 4:08 pm

      she have no point to make. judge people the way you want to be judged. even his statement is racist for telling someone not define racism because the are white is racism.

  23. Lad

    November 12, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    This lady’s intelligence seems expired

  24. yaa

    November 12, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    The comments above are troubling as it is extremely clear that many readers do not understand that there is a clear distinction between racism and prejudice. They hold different connotations.

    All humans have the potential to be prejudiced, this is often confused with racism. Black people can’t be racist because racism requires access to the structural power that is needed to carry out oppression, or limit the progression and freedoms of a group of people.

    Granted that many people pull the race card unnecessarily, Adichie is absolutely right here in stating that White people do not get to define what counts as racism because White people don’t fall into the category of the oppressed. Systematically and structurally, they have dominant access to all that is needed to keep minorities down if they please. The reverse, however, is not true,

    • Ekene

      November 12, 2016 at 3:27 pm

      She is not right. That off handed comment to that man is racist. So he can’t define racism due to the colour of his skin ? Go and sit on a hot stove

    • A Real Nigerian

      November 12, 2016 at 4:06 pm

      “All humans have the potential to be prejudiced, this is often confused with racism.”
      All humans have the potential to be prejudiced, and prejudice INCLUDES racism.

      “Black people can’t be racist because racism requires access to the structural power that is needed to carry out oppression, or limit the progression and freedoms of a group of people”
      What you are defining here isn’t “racism” but “institutional racism”. These are two different teams. Anyone can be racist and it does not require power. Institutional racism is what requires power.

    • Anony

      November 12, 2016 at 4:38 pm

      So Black people can only be labelled as racist in Africa? In Nigeria for instance black people have the structural power to oppress white people? Please no bashing as I’m genuinely trying to understand racism vs prejudice.

    • curious

      November 12, 2016 at 6:02 pm

      Please would you be kind enough to explain the difference and use a dictionary or any other authority or proper example that we can all relate to as a reference? I would like learn seriously!

  25. nnenne

    November 12, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    Chimamnda just got emotional there.
    I know she is too intelligent to know that racism exists in all races.
    Fact is Trump made racist statements and racist groups ran with it , supported and voted for him because he told them what they want to hear.
    Does that make Trump a racist or was he trying anything just to get into office?
    Only time will tell
    I rooted for Hillary but unfortunately for whatever reason she lost.
    Let’s all give Trump a chance
    Sometimes good tings happen by accident.
    If not, four years is not far away and thankfully elections in the USA are mostly free and fair!
    We can always make it right!!!

    • slice

      November 12, 2016 at 8:27 pm

      The election was not free and fair. The FBI influenced the result. USA should be ashamed

  26. Person

    November 12, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    Wow. These comments, are they real? People saying black people can be racist. NO. Not true. Racism is POWER + PREJUDICE. Structural POWER. Can black people be prejudiced? Yes. But we don’t have the structural POWER to make prejudice turn into racism. The ignorance on this video is a little too annoying to even talk properly. Read a book, damnit!

    • Wanderlust _Trekeffect?

      November 12, 2016 at 3:57 pm

      What dictionary defines racism power + prejudice?
      Bunch of clowns on this site, the only person who needs to read a book is you.

    • EE

      November 12, 2016 at 4:50 pm

      I no sabi say you fit para. Have fun with this, its full of obvious contradictions, it’ll collapse under its own weight.

    • tunmi

      November 13, 2016 at 1:22 am

      Who writes the dictionary? Who determines how words are defined?

    • A Real Nigerian

      November 12, 2016 at 3:57 pm

      Racism is discrimination by race/skin colour. It is a disgusting individual mindset and doesn’t require anything like “power”. The useless “power + prejudice = racism” rhetoric was implanted in the minds of minorities by understandably racist minority propaganda pushers.
      A white man shoots Obama because he hates his skin colour and you call him racist. But a black man shoots Trump because he hates his pale skin and you call him prejudiced instead? I don’t get it.
      All racism is prejudice, but not all prejudice is racism. Misogyny isn’t the same as racism, is it?
      Your definitions of racism and prejudice are skewed to promote hateful black ideology that is really no different from the KKK, although it is understandable when you realise the fact that they were oppressed for many, many years.

    • Nitomeya

      November 12, 2016 at 8:28 pm

      Are you saying blacks don’t and can’t have power? Like for real, you are already belittling yourself? If a black man has a business in the USA does he not have power? Racism goes both ways.

  27. Bolanle

    November 12, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    To all the Christians hailing Trump as God’s very own, please explain to me how the things Trump has said and done, and continues to uphold falls in line with anything that Christ stood for and died for?
    Christ is the embodiment of love and consistently advocated loving thy neighbour as thyself
    How then is it okay for you herald someone like Trump who encourages so much hate, abuse and divisiveness, especially when minorities (women, Latinos, Muslims, blacks etc) are concerned, and you chose to call yourself a Christian? I am confused.
    You talk about Trump going to churches and being prayed for when truthfully speaking this man had never had a close relationship with the church until he needed Republican votes, you also act as if it is unique to Trump when Hillary and all other previous candidates have always increased religious engagement during elections for votes.
    If you are truly a Christian you will see Trump for who he is and no be blinded by gimmicks for votes.

    • Maxine

      November 12, 2016 at 6:49 pm

      This is what I just can’t get!

    • Eegor

      November 12, 2016 at 9:36 pm

      he uses the foolish things of this world to conform the wise read up Cyrus in the bible.

  28. nwa nna

    November 12, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    For all of you BN commenters claiming the she’s being racist by what she said are definitely missing her point .. All she is telling the man is, you cannot truly feel the depth of something unless you have been on the receiving end which in his case I highly doubt he has been on the receiving end of racism.
    Speaking in theory and actuality are completely different monsters. How can you tell someone that just got a 3rd degree burn that you feel & understand the pain they are going through if you have never personally experienced a 3rd degree burn?!
    I have disagreed with Chimamanda on some of her stance in the past but on this one I completely stand with her. How can some of you BN’s living in Nigeria in your own world comment on the African American, Latinos, Minorities experience in America when you have NEVER lived it or walked the walk??
    It’s like you saying to a the IDP in the Northern parts of Nigeria that you understand their pains, how could you?? If you not been made to watch as your loved ones are being killed, raped, kidnapped & maimed right before your very eyes?

    • A Real Nigerian

      November 12, 2016 at 3:48 pm

      “It’s like you saying to a the IDP in the Northern parts of Nigeria that you understand their pains, how could you?? If you not been made to watch as your loved ones are being killed, raped, kidnapped & maimed right before your very eyes?”

      Oh dear. You don’t get it. It is not about understanding the pain COMPLETELY. It is virtually impossible for that to happen. The main thing here is empathy, putting yourself in their shoes and ATTEMPTING to know how it would feel like if you were on the receiving end.
      I am not an IDP. Does that mean I cannot stand up against terrorism or the corruption in IDP camps? Would it be appropriate if an IDP from Adamawa walked up to me and said “You have a home, you don’t get to define the refugee crisis”?
      I have not been raped before, does that mean I do not detest rapists with all my blood? Aren’t there some men who hate rapists too? Because a rape victim is a rape victim means she can tell the man (who hates rapists) that he doesn’t get to tell her what rape is simply because he is a man?
      How is this any different from “you don’t get to make rules in my house because you are a woman”?
      If you are unable to rebuke something blatantly wrong because you have not “walked in the shoes of the oppressed” according to you, then you have a basic problem with your humanity. I take it you’re a man, if you were to take a stand with feminism tomorrow (assuming you already haven’t), and then you were promptly rejected by feminists saying “you’re a man, you don’t get to define feminism”, how would you feel? And more importantly, would it be the right thing to say just because they are feminists?

    • Charlie

      November 13, 2016 at 7:23 pm

      Chimamanda made that statement because the white man in the video is in denial of the reality of what is going on in America. He’s an example of majority, when you mention racism to majority of whites, they will tell you are complaining and whinning or get over it. They refuse to accept it because it’s not affecting them directly. Which is the reason she made that statement.

    • ck

      November 12, 2016 at 3:56 pm

      spot on. some people just cant listen properly

    • EE

      November 12, 2016 at 4:57 pm

      Doesn’t Chimamanda live in Nigeria.

      Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Born: September 15, 1977. Nigerian civil war, 1967-1970. But it was just a “civil war”. Just like the Hutus were merely being “tribalistic”. Racism is left to the white man.

      P.S I’ve always wondered why an ideology that rails so much against social constructs is stuck so much on the ultimate one, race??

      Ironically the idea of race and racial disparities was constructed by white men. Yet its now “defined” mostly, by blacks.

  29. bruno

    November 12, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    chiamanda a.k.a chun lee, always ready to fight. she doesn’t know she is embarrassing herself. they put her on this shows cause they know she is going to fight.

    she always tries too hard to sound intelligent.

    I’m still waiting for her opinion piece on why hillary Clinton lost the election cause she has a vagina.

  30. Natu

    November 12, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    Blacks can’t be racist because they have no economic power. What do we have to be racist? Our economies are weak and the world’s poorest people live in black nations (Africa, South Smerica and Caribbean). Prejudice maybe but definitely not racist!!

    • A Real Nigerian

      November 12, 2016 at 4:39 pm

      Racism has NOTHING to do with economic power. Stop believing is false, distorted rhetorics fueled by ironically racist black people.

    • uncovered your identity

      November 12, 2016 at 6:15 pm

      You are a white person! stop claiming to be Nigerian please…

    • fleur

      November 12, 2016 at 11:01 pm

      This comment suggests you have more studying to do. Racism is a major driver of the structural and systemic barriers that limit the advancement of non-Whites in the United States. Here is one google phrase to start your learning process. “redlining in the United States” “

    • EE

      November 12, 2016 at 4:49 pm

      Fair complexioned women like you shouldn’t even talk, what do you know. You people get all the attention, all the movie roles, are favoured more in employment, all because of your skin colour.

      Of course as a Nigerian man basking in my privilege, albeit one slightly below “white male privilege”, I shouldn’t define privilege, especially to a black woman, no matter how fair she is. I’m sorry, please don’t sic the ministry of truth on me. I just thought to humbly point out your thought-crime.

      P.S doesn’t Bruno hold the trump (sorry) card in this fun game? Though I guess he’d be balanced by Mohammed.

      Any properly oppressed person care to define this thing non of the rest can talk about?

    • Mawi

      November 12, 2016 at 7:33 pm

      So racism is what then? Isn’t racism simply prejudice against another on the basis of their race? Let me ask you, those black people you call ‘prejudist & not racist’; if they attain some power over whites, wouldn’t they commit the same atrocities as the white supremacists? Of course they would! Cause they are what? PREJUDIST! They only need the opportunity. So what again is your ‘smart’ point?
      The underlying cause of racism is prejudice. So I don’t understand what this new retarded philosophy is. You guys are trying to sell some propaganda that makes it okay for a black person to hate another based on the color of their skin. You make it sound like prejudice is a lesser evil than racism, when they are simply the same thing.
      It is either u are a racist (or prejudist as u call it) or simply an airhead trying hard to sound intelligent. I think you are both actually. But u have failed on this one. Woefully.

    • Nitomeya

      November 12, 2016 at 8:41 pm

      Thats not true and a flawed logic. You have generalized all blacks together including yourself. When you reject negative pronouncements by men on this blog and declare what God has spoken over you, please also declare what God has spoken over you regarding economic power. Blacks have economic power and we can be racist towards others. Look at this from the most basic business woman in America who would rather employ another black solely because of the color of their skin as racist and the business is the power that black has. Most african countries have oil, if we play our cards right we have power based on this resources we have.

  31. Teju TJ

    November 12, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    I’m sorry but I have to ask, did half of the people commenting put their brain on hold? See the problem I have is the inability to process things. I mean. Donald Trump objectively took very racist positions during his campaign. He said so many many things that are racist by the definition of racism. Now, you have a white male saying well, that is not racism. Oya, oga what is racism?
    It is what the police says all the time, we were not doing racial profiling, we were only doing our job. And then they try to redefine what racism is. White man, racism as defined is what it is defined as. You do not get to define it based on what you want it to be. It’s as though in a bid to criticize Chimamanda, we rush to conclusions that are completely annoying.

    Having said that, was it just me that was irritated by him implying that we should forget everything that happened during the election; essentially Donald Trump as we know him and redefine our narrative of Donald Trump as the character shown the day after the election. Isn’t that in itself patronizing. I don’t believe that Donald Trump won because God answered the prayers of the clergy men and women.
    America is not as advanced as it makes believe. This is a racist nation. Racist to the core. There are so many people who are racist and have been in hiding about it. Donald Trump gave them an outlet. I don’t believe that Donald Trump believes everything that he said to be elected President, however, i do feel like he knew what to say to get the people to come out and vote for him. He understood the amount of racism, homophobia, sexism that lives in the heart of the people and merely pretended to be their face. I could be wrong about him though. However, whether he believes what he says or doesn’t believe it is immaterial. The fact that he was able to awaken and give a face to such rubbish is troubling in itself.

    Bullying is back with full effect. Everything that was done to combat bullying has been flushed down the toilet. Please go ask the students in Pennsylvania and Michigan….

    • The Real Oma

      November 12, 2016 at 5:37 pm

      “It’s as though in a bid to criticize Chimamanda, we rush to conclusions that are completely annoying”
      You hit the nail on the head @Teju TJ, and judging by the comments, many didn’t even bother to watch the video but confidently typed their opinions based on the headline… ridiculous!

    • A Real Nigerian

      November 12, 2016 at 5:55 pm

      “America is not as advanced as it makes believe. This is a racist nation. Racist to the core.”
      This is an absolutely ridiculous comment.
      Elected a black man as a president two times in a row.
      Massive protesting country-wide because a bigoted racist got elected as a President. Yet, it is racist to the core. This is so stupid, I can even.
      Trump won not because of racism but because he connected more with the people, talked about things that appealed to the common man. Anybody saying Trump won because America is racist is just bitter. People don’t like her. It was always 50-50. Clinton’s popularity was overestimated seriously. Do you think Trump would even stand a chance if he contested with Obama? No.

      “It’s as though in a bid to criticize Chimamanda, we
      rush to conclusions that are completely annoying.”
      She made a statement that was flawed, illogical and hypocritical and she deserves criticism even if I like her a lot.

      It seems you’re the one who needs to put your brain in order.

    • A Real Nigerian

      November 12, 2016 at 6:54 pm

      @Seriously
      Oh the irony when you call others ignorant. Racism started with colonialism?!! The term racism stems from white supremacy!?? Hahahahahahah! OMG I’m dead! LOOOOL! Hahahaha!
      “The term racism stems from white supremacy which is the reason it’s difficult for white people themselves to understand”
      The fact that you thought racism started with slavery and colonialism shows that you are extremely misinformed.
      Racism has always existed and is as old as mankind. Get informed and stop believing in a crybaby, distorted rhetoric. Your comment is as ridiculous as saying the term “misogyny” stems from islam because islamic countries are probably the most misogynistic today. There are muslim men who believe in and act on gender equality. How would it sound to them if you as an empowered western told another muslim guy that “you’re muslim, you don’t get to talk about misogyny”? The generalisation is way off, right?

    • A Real Nigerian

      November 12, 2016 at 7:03 pm

      The fact that many people here purposely – or ignorantly as the case may be – define racism as institutional racism says a lot. Racism needs power? What the hell? And using failed analogies to prove a non-existing point? What?
      Chimamanda, any other black person or any person of any race whatsoever does not have the right to tell anyone whether they are allowed to define racism or not based on their skin colour.
      It is wrong to generalise ANYTHING based on RACE and it doesn’t make you any different from a crude, hateful, hopeless racist. I like Chimamanda a lot but all you people need to get your head out of her a** and admit that she is wrong.

    • A Real Nigerian

      November 12, 2016 at 9:12 pm

      *define institutional racism as racism

    • Maxine

      November 12, 2016 at 7:06 pm

      Oh Loooord! Thank you Teju.
      The man was patronizing AF! And why is he okay with Donald morphing into another character if his utterances and conduct were so right all along.
      And please don’t tell me that he’s not that way, Point is that he has unleashed the monster in people and made racism mainstream AGAIN in America. So that people feel its okay to make the utterances that we have been hearing over the past few months. Not to even speak of the racist behavior experiencing an upsurge. If he changes, what about that?? No use shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted.
      Don’t even get me started on the evangelicals and the minorities among them. Laying hands on DT and praying for him (one black one even had is prayer point as DT should appoint an African American on his cabinet…) Like, really???? meanwhile the DT sef was standing there so aloof with his ever present smirk,,, Didn’t they feel stupid afterwards?? So pro-choice and LGBT rights are the very worst things facing America… Funny thing is that the Democratic Party has ALWAYS stood for those values. My black pastors, where were your objections when your bro Obama ran…. Hypocrisy in all its glory.
      p.s.- I was really holding back myself from using my exclamation marks so I wouldn’t be labelled an ‘angry black woman…’,Arrrggghhh…. worraheck… I might as well…. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! #mscheeeew

  32. LemmeRant

    November 12, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    Its truly amazing the way the Chinamanda flock agree with anything that comes out of her mouth. Y’all criticize Christians for blindly obeying whatever their pastors say (don’t get me started on the ones that say the bible is just a book and Christians are foolish to follow it) But if it is Chinamanda, you make an exception.

    This is really good o. I wish i can have my own set of followers like she does. People that will just eat up anything I say (oh well…….)

    “I am sorry but if you are a white man you don’t get to define what racism is”
    So racism only exists in white countries. Lol what about white women do they get a say? 🙂

    I can imagine freeze saying something like this and the kind of backlash he’d get.
    All this black angry women that will just be putting off negative vibes everywhere. Who knows sha, maybe its that time of the month for her.

    • ATL's finest

      November 12, 2016 at 6:15 pm

      @ LemmeRant. God bless U, I’m not going to comment at all before Ber flocks use me for dinner. Everyone should be allowed to define/express themselves whichever way they way to.

    • tunmi

      November 13, 2016 at 1:16 am

      If a Yoruba person or a Hausa person were to speak for Igbo people about Biafra… Their perspective would not reflect the experiences of the Igbo people unless they had done their homework in educating themselves. That is to a lesser degree what racism is.

  33. Flexe

    November 12, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    At first she was calm, not saying anything until she was addressed…….and she killed it.
    You don’t get to pull the racism card when it’s your system that brought it up, when you will never know how it feels to be a victim.
    Go Chimamanda!

  34. EE

    November 12, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    Racism, Xenophobia, tribalism, all fruits of the same tree.

    So what is when Igbos were denied jobs in Northern Nigeria by the Sardauna regime?

    What is when non-Muslims were segregated in sabon-garis?

    Would the South-African “xenophobic” attacks been termed “racist” if the skin tones were different?

    When one Nigerian expressly forbids their children from marrying from another “tribe”?? What is it?

    Now you very smart people will no doubt fumble for labels to differentiate them, but at its root its all the same. Now I tend to tune out most of the Social-Scientific mumbo jumbo the service economy is churning out these days, trying to avoid information overload. For me its rather simple, it is and has always been about homogeneous groups seeking power.

    Racism (Prejudice) is not bad, we or at least the sociopathic overachievers in my family groom our children that way, the boys are told not to lose to girls, the girls are told boys don’t have two heads. Then it spreads through society, a feeling of “superiority”. At its heart though lies the struggle between groups for scarce resources. It as close to fact as anything in the Social Sciences that we are patrimonial, biased towards kin and those we owe favours. In the pre-Industrial Revolution days, this led us to nation/feudal states. Cohesive, homogeneous groupings free to be racist towards others. In the African context, you can find slavery, genocide and forced assimilation, all the things that supposedly make only the White man “Racist”, from the Almoravids to the Zulu.

    The industrial revolution and most importantly, rapid transcontinental transport changed things, it created a global tribe of people who know each other, go to the same schools, inter-marry e.t.c. A new patrimonial grouping as it were, our lovely Ms Adichie belongs to them, am sure you all can think of a hundred others. Now remember, resources are SCARCE and POWER is the only route to said resources. That is what all the culture wars are about, us vs them. If you’ve read HG Wells, the “Eloi” and the “Morlocks”, you should get my drift, if not its a really great book and a bit of googling should land you a PDF or EPUB copy, or you could buy it???????

    Long-Short, Ms Adichie is right, just like I’d be “right”, if I said a woman can’t penetrate a vagina. Technically right, but it doesn’t take a particularly nimble mind to ask, what if she buys a strap-on or a cucumber.

    That said, one must ask who she is to define what is permissible? Surely if a black person can define privilege, a black person win a Nobel in Economics, a black person write a history of European wars, a black person stand on the shoulders of Corpenicus and Newton, if Blacks can interpret Hegel and Nietzsche, surely “blacks” could be gracious enough to let a white person at least an attempt at defining racism??

    To paraphrase:
    First they came for white men, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not white.

    Then they came for the Asians, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not Asian.

    Then they came for the Northerners, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a Northerner.

    Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

    This is me, ehn writing out, or at least trying. Any ideology that seeks to stifle dissent is dangerous and MUST be rejected. They are no explanations otherwise other than Totalitarianism, literal book burning. The thing Trump is supposed to do, remember?

    ?????????? That said, I’m a centrist with few strongly held beliefs, if I luck myself into the Eloi. I’ll adapt, but until then, we must fight them on these meme streets, on the butt ends of broken bottles, something-something, finest hour.

    Sorry, I regressed to Epistles, I’ll turn a new leaf, someday?

    Forgive any errors, I’m too lazy to edit. I also hope we can respectfully disagree?

    • A Real Nigerian

      November 12, 2016 at 5:58 pm

      Lord. You have made so much sense. So much sense. Wonderful comment.

    • artklub

      November 12, 2016 at 6:24 pm

      beautiful! right on!

    • Dee

      November 12, 2016 at 9:53 pm

      Great comment!!

    • tunmi

      November 13, 2016 at 1:19 am

      You are right. Racism, tribalism, xenophobia, sexism are all fruits of the same tree. And here we are focusing on racism. And yes racism is very bad. It allowed hundreds of thousands of people to be murdered in the United States via lynching. It is responsible for Flint, Michigan lacking access to clean drinking water. It is in redistricting voting areas so Minorities are concentrated in one area. It is in the gentrification of black neighborhoods and drastically increasing the rent to kick them out. Those are current examples.

  35. Teni

    November 12, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    She is absolutely correct. Of course white people can talk about racism but they sure as hell cannot define it according to their standards.

  36. Moniker

    November 12, 2016 at 5:12 pm

    I hate to admit it, but Chimamanda is becoming too loud for a writer. She’s suddenly talking and writing outside her field almost every other week. My fear for her is, she would just start sounding like a Doyin Okupe or FFK if she keeps meddling into every issue. She is not freeze. And she sounds divisive always. My 2cents

    • Teju TJ

      November 12, 2016 at 5:41 pm

      Oh shut up. Who made you the definer of what her field is??? Common will you keep quiet and get some sense. Somebody is making valid points you are saying FFk that lacks common sense. Common get it together. So because she is a writer, she should super glue her eyes away from social issues?
      Have you even read her books? If you have, you’d know that she writes about race and equality a lot. In fact, that is a major theme in her books.
      Besides this is an interview my friend.

    • EE

      November 13, 2016 at 3:56 am

      Writers in America tend to be public intellectuals as well.

      TBH, I may disagree with her because our ideologies are opposed, but she is well within her “role”.

    • concerned guy

      November 13, 2016 at 12:28 pm

      Doyin okupe, FFK? And not Femi Adesina, Garuba Shehu and Lai Mohammed? Never mind we know your point. Its is tribalism!!
      If Wole Soyinka had said this, may be it would have been okay.

  37. EE

    November 12, 2016 at 5:17 pm

    For the sake of “Political correctness”, lest I be accused of being !!!”ist” for being overly focused on Northerners during my previous comments.

    Surely we as adults can all agree the Dullardinho, illiterate memes about our President are a textbook example of !!!ism??

    Saying President Obama doesn’t sound “black”, saying President Buhari is an illiterate. Both are derived from !!!ist stereotypes about their group. Everybody knows “Igbos are drug-smugglers” or solely focused on the Import-Export business or Alaba traders. That Asians are small and Yoruba men are demons. Sound familiar, racism philosophers?

    Yup, those aren’t !!!ist at all, we’ll wait until a white man says it. If a white man isn’t available, we’ll grudgingly take a white woman.

    • AceOfSpades

      November 12, 2016 at 6:18 pm

      Respect to this human being! It’s a pity Chimamanda’s people are just flocks, they follow whatever she says. It’s like when a woman tells another female ‘I’ll slap you’ and it’s ok but when a man says it, it comes with so many branded names. Both the man and woman are wrong in the first place o.

  38. MyTruth

    November 12, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    I hope she won’t be assassinated like the likes of Martin Luther , Malcom X and co.
    Lord help her!

  39. Tee

    November 12, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    Talking about Racism, I can never forget the day i was having a conversation with my White British landlady and she said to me” You don’t speak to Europeans that way”?. I packed out the house that day! That’s after my 2 Polish co-tenants had shown me pepper. I only Lived there for 6days!

    RACISM IS REAL!

  40. Anon Today

    November 12, 2016 at 5:54 pm

    Wow! As always, I have a lot to learn. The comments above have taught me something new. Or maybe they almost did.
    It’s usually difficult to fault what Chimamanda says because she captures all the details and nuances. In doing so, she might include or introduce something some of us never paid attention to. Some idea you may not contest because it’s uncommon, new or entirely futuristic. She’s so brilliant and forward-looking. I bet she’ll soon write an article to explain who a racist really is. An article that will spring up what people that coined the word ‘racist’ never imagined. But before she writes that article, let me just fool around a little under this post.
    I thought racism was derived from the word ‘race’. I thought it meant discrimination against someone based on their race. I thought it shares similar etymology with the word ‘tribalism’. I thought the operative word in the definition should be ‘discrimination’, irrespective of who gives or receives it. Oh! Now I read there has to be some structure or system or policy. That it’s not mere discrimination. I thought ‘Apartheid’ is a bit more fitting for the latter definition. Ok oh. So what happens where blacks are in charge? There are some Indians in Kenya where blacks control everything. Does it mean any form of discrimination against an Indian in that regard does not qualify as racist? You have to excuse my ignorance. Remember my caveat: Just fooling around.
    Many white Americans called Trump racist. I guess going by Chimamanda’s position such white men didn’t know what they were saying. A Whiteman can’t define racism or racist? So who was the first to use the word ‘racist’? How did that word find itself in English lexicon? Well, what do I know?
    Just a few more questions please? Is it difficult to say someone made a mistake even if you idolize them? Even if the person is a genius who knows better any other day? Is it not racist to say someone cannot define a concept (define oh) just because they are of a particular race?
    Racism is real, especially against blacks. But I honestly would like to be educated more on what Amanda said. I’ll be glad if someone could help me out here on BN before that next article shows up. Thanks.

    • A Real Nigerian

      November 12, 2016 at 7:35 pm

      You are much smarter than you think.

    • B.

      November 13, 2016 at 2:26 am

      @Anon Today is being sarcastic. It’s somewhat nuanced but it is sarcasm alright.

    • tunmi

      November 13, 2016 at 1:06 am

      The race issue in America is different than in many places. The closest we can compare it to is tribalism in Nigeria. The difference in the two is that the United States has developed major systems starting from the constitution that benefits white men. It really stems from the slave days with Black Americans. Now you have to be open minded to understand how this works, I recommend watching any Jane Elliott videos on YouTube. Racism in America includes power to back that prejudice. That is how it works. And it is not one single glue instance of power, it is a massive system: legal system, financial system, housing, hiring, education, federal funds, economic

      1. The first interaction with black people and white people in the United States was not terrible. They started out as indentured servants not Slaves.
      2. Then the slave trade reached the America’s and we had slavery
      3. Somewhere in between shipping hundreds of thousands of people as cartel came this idea that black people were inferior and that it was the duty of the white man to liberate and save them. I believe this started with Europeans before spreading down to the United States.
      4. Then the laws came defining who was a citizen and who had rights. Black people were now defined as property and there are Supreme Court cases that upheld this: Dred Scott. This is an early institution. The legal system which is made up of politicians, Congress people, police officers, judges, and prisons.

      If Nigeria were to have laws restricting any ethnic group or if we had judges consistently hand harsher punishments to members of a particular ethnic group, that would mirror America’s racism.

  41. concerned9a

    November 12, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    Have you heard of Institutionalised racism?? that’s what she’s on about
    If you haven’t lived abroad and and not experienced racismplease read don’t bring your ignorance.
    What about White privilege? ?..think about it for a second..Obama using same foul language and .race baiting language like Trump….go figure..or better still imagine Trump being a black man.
    Even as a minority in 9ja we treat them like kings and Queens..
    Abroad you more of something they need to accommodate.
    On this..Im with her 100%

    • A Real Nigerian

      November 12, 2016 at 6:29 pm

      Whether racism or institutional racism, your race doesn’t determine what you get to talk about or not. Period.

    • tunmi

      November 13, 2016 at 1:11 am

      You can talk about it. You just cannot define it. Because definition itself is power. Someone who benefits from a system that oppresses people is not qualified to define that system. Why? Because their perspective will not reflect that of the oppressed. Unless they have taken the time to learn. And even then, it should be the members of that oppressed system that speaks for themselves

    • What an ass

      November 12, 2016 at 6:40 pm

      You treating them as king and queens it out of y’alls own inferiority complex and ignorance. They have no reason to return the favour. Get it?

    • LemmeRant

      November 12, 2016 at 7:40 pm

      Only if I can get a bigger pulpit to preach what you’ve just said.

  42. Cece

    November 12, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    Well some Asians dont like black people especially Chinese or Japanese. But then again, I knew some nigerians who wouldnt under any circumstance share a flat with an Indian in uni days. I personally don’t like seeing too many indians in a neighbourhood. Racism is not just about white people. Even looking down on others based on their status is equal to the idea of racism.

    • tunmi

      November 13, 2016 at 1:09 am

      No, it’s prejudice. Now a Nigerian refusing to a Chinese or a Japanese person simply because they are Chinese or Japanese or having them jump through more hurdles than any other person would is racist. There has to be economic power there for it to be racist.

  43. Skass

    November 12, 2016 at 6:32 pm

    Chimamanda failed it here. Doing exactly what she thinks she’s fighting

  44. concerned9a

    November 12, 2016 at 7:14 pm

    Some just love to shock…bring nothing to the table..
    As long as you a citizen and pay your taxes you entitled to the same rights….any infringement upon those rights is tantamount to racism. .

  45. Ngozi

    November 12, 2016 at 8:26 pm

    I don’t agree with Chimamanda, here. Her logic here is not completely true, telling a white man he can’t define racism is not correct IMO. Racism happens across all races and ethnicities.

    • tunmi

      November 13, 2016 at 1:08 am

      Prejudice is what you mean. Racism may have the root word race but without power, it is prejudice. And power is a system thing.

  46. Joy

    November 12, 2016 at 8:40 pm

    She is wrong here.

  47. daphne_647

    November 12, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    Remember: ONLY THE WEARER KNOWS WHERE THE SHOE PINCHES?
    I think what she’s trying to point out.

    • slice

      November 13, 2016 at 7:33 pm

      This

  48. @kenechukwu_certified

    November 12, 2016 at 10:15 pm

    I agree with her on this,there is no way a white man can understand racism talk less of even defining it,it’s like a sane person trying to understand the world of a mad person.

  49. Omo D

    November 13, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    She carries so much bitterness. Always defensive Smh. I am a woman & Nigerian but she doesn’t represent me at all, contraty to what she might like to think.

    • slice

      November 13, 2016 at 7:33 pm

      She’s not trying to represent you. She’s speaking her own mind.

  50. CodeBloks

    November 13, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    In reply to @bitumean’s comment: “A white man can define racism and blacks can be racist. For example a black man can easily use the N word as we have seen many rappers use it in their albums. Someone like Obama can use it as hes half white/half black but a white man dare not use the N Word. So it seems to me usage of the N word is based on the melanin content of your skin. So if you have twins where one looks white and the other looks black, only one can use the N word; That too me is racism. It is either everyone is allowed to say the N Word or no one is allowed to say it. We often forget that so many whites also fought for end of slavery and promotion of civil rights.”

    The only reason why a white person cannot use or call a black person “a Nigger” is because the word is offensive. It is a word used by slave masters to refer or call a slave. It is an insult when a white person calls a black “a Nigger”. Blacks use the N word frequently among themselves, but a white person using the word becomes offensive, it is like calling them a slave or worthless. Please check the root origin of the word to understand why.

    A family can call any of the member by any name even if offensive but an outsider shouldn’t. Blacks calling each other “Nigger” is something (an insult) they are common with amongst themselves. Whites shouldn’t use it.

  51. Sisi

    November 14, 2016 at 1:30 am

    It’s a shame that so many Nigerians are taking her comments out of context. If you aren’t an ethnic minority in America then you really do not have the skills to objectively contribute to any definition of racism in America. The fact that this man is dismissive of the numerous comments that Mr Trump has made throughout his election campaign make it clear that he in fact is not aware of (in denial of) the consequences of white male privilege in America. Context is key – and in many cases determines a lot. Thank you Chimamanda for articulating your argument so boldly and confidently despite being such a sensitive issue – I could see the irritation rising up.

  52. Viv Law

    November 14, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    I am not surprised by most of the comments condemning Chimamanda.

    Most Nigerians are very good at jumping on the band waggon without really going of their way to find out the full information to gain a better understanding of what is before them. I call it lazy thinking. Having said that, I have a strong feeling many of the commenters did not watch the video above.

    I watched the video and I did not once hear her say that black people could not be racist. I did hear her tell the man that he couldn’t define racism because he was disagreeing with the fact that Trump was being racist during his campaign.

    Please lets all try harder to not comment just for the sake of it.

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