In a TikTok posted this week, user @naomemesfin recorded her classmate saying that a “typical Black person” is “very poor” and “aggressive.” Immediately after the comments are made, someone else on the Zoom asks where they got those ideas about Black people.
The student says he watched a YouTube video that said that “you have to skip classes to be Black.” The offending video has received more than 344,000 views on TikTok since being uploaded this week. In her TikTok bio, @naomemesfin says she’s 19 years old and from the Washington, D.C. metro area, which indicates that this likely occurred during a college class.
In the comments section of the video, @naomemesfin said that the class was discussing redlining, a racist practice that historically denied mortgages in and near neighborhoods where Black people lived.
When the class began discussing race more broadly, the classmate said “I don’t know if this will sound racist,” so @naomemesfin started to record him.
In her caption, she indicated that the classmate didn’t live in the U.S. “It’s crazy that people who don’t live in the US view Black people as this,” she wrote.
“If anything this shows that anti-Black racism is certainly not an exclusively American or white problem,” commented @its.still.alex.
@thotism420 commented that @naomemesfin’s classmate was on a “racist rant.”
“I have no energy left to be mad,” commented @nothingbutaer. “I’m just disappointed.”
@naomemesfin did not immediately respond to the Daily Dot’s request for comment via Instagram direct message.
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