On Saturday, the trans model Munroe Bergdorf spoke to Channel 4 News about her recent experience of being fired from a L'Oreal campaign for speaking against racism, and what she meant when she said 'all white people are racist.'
Just last week Bergdorf made history when she was announced as the face of a L'Oreal UK Campaign. However, after the company caught wind of a Facebook post the model wrote about the white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, L'Oreal took her words out of context and fired her.
Before Bergdorf had a chance to further contextualize her thoughts behind the Facebook post, Daily Mail published it - further removing it from context.
"Honestly I don't have energy to talk about the racial violence of white people any more. Yes ALL white people," Bergdorf wrote in the post. "Because most of ya'll don't even realise or refuse to acknowledge that your existence, privilege and success as a race is built on the backs, blood and death of people of colour. Your entire existence is drenched in racism. From micro-aggressions to terrorism, you guys built the blueprint for this s***. Until then stay acting shocked about how the world continues to stay f***** at the hands of your ancestors and your heads that remain buried in the sand with hands over your ears. Come see me when you realise that racism isn't learned, it's inherited and consciously or unconsciously passed down through privilege.'Once white people begin to admit that their race is the most violent and oppressive force of nature on Earth… then we can talk."