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whitesplaining (uncountable)

  1. The act of a white person condescendingly explaining racism and/or sociopolitical issues related to race to a non-white audience.
    • 2014, "GOP Legislator: I’m No Racist, My Black Friends Taught Me To BBQ", Michigan Chronicle, 31 January 2014:
      By that same token, don’t enter a conversation with your whitesplaining that’s rooted in half-a*sed stereotypes you hold base[sic] on some old Black TV sitcoms and the two Black cousins by marriage you have.
    • 2015, Matt Prigge, "Kevin Costner drinks his way through messy race film 'Black or White'", Metro (New York), 30 January 2015 - 1 February 2015, page 12:
      This could have been insufferable whitesplaining, especially considering it's by writer-director Mike Binder, whose "The Mind of the Marrying Man" is one of the whitest things to ever play TV.
    • 2015, Tucker Cholvin & Thomas Christiansen, "A Dangerous Era of Groupthink", The Hoya (Georgetown University), Volume 96, Number 38, 3 March 2015, page A3:
      This new strand of Twitter-driven progressivism manifests itself in many things, but particularly alarming is whitesplaining, where wealthy white people taken upon themselves the cross of pointing out instances of oppression on behalf of the actually oppressed.
    • For more examples of usage of this term, see Citations:whitesplaining.



  1. present participle of whitesplain