What people need to understand is that racism isn’t only hate crimes.
Those are the most overt and most heinous. But there is also insidious racism. The kind that makes people angry at being called racist. It’s things like cultural appropriation, fetishization, and exoticization that are subtle. People don’t believe it’s racist to like someone for their race or skin color!
Just because you aren’t raising up a mob to storm down PoC doesn’t make what you’re doing not prejudiced.
Being called a racist hurts. But you know what’s worse? Denying it and then continuing to hurt others because you can’t take being labeled for what you’ve done.