Sam Smith recently clapped back after Internet outrage accused him of “whitesplaining” racism after he shared a story about being witness to a friend’s racist incident.
Pretty straightforward, right? Well, not so fast.
This being the internet in 2016, Twitter trolls decided to take Smith to task for “whitesplaining” racism.
If you’ve never heard the term before, Urban Dictionary defines “whitesplaining” as “The paternalistic lecture given by Whites toward a person of color defining what should and shouldn’t be considered racist, while obliviously exhibiting their own racism.”
Didn’t see any of this there? Yeah, us neither.
…and probably a dozen other articles that couldn’t wait to attack Sam Smith for actually saying something about racism, as inarticulate as it was. The Internet Outrage meter was reaching threat level orange, so Smith responded on Instagram:
Look, white people are far less likely to experience an act of overt racism firsthand, so we can understand how it would be genuinely shocking for them. But, honestly, if Blacks are not going to give any wiggle room for growth for a white person who is trying to be an ally, they may as well just all hang it up and quit trying.
Smith will probably think twice before he says anything about racism in the future if he does at all, and that’s a real bummer.