Opinion: Sheryl Swoopes is right: Black people can't be racist

March 10, 2024

(Cliff Jette / Associated Press)WNBA legend Sheryl Swoopes has come under an avalanche of criticism for saying that Black people can’t be racist. Swoopes responded to the accusations in part by commenting that Black people can’t be racist , causing even more backlash. Black people can’t be racist, at least not according to the most useful definition of racism, given by a group of mainly white legislators in 1968. Blacks can’t be racist — but that doesn’t mean they can’t be prejudiced. By saying Blacks can’t be racist, Sheryl Swoopes opened up a lane to the basket for a difficult, yet essential, conversation, and a path to restorative rather than retributive justice.