a racist term used by people who think that non black poc (native americans, asian people, so on) don't experience racism because they are too white to, and instead only experience racial prejudice. the same people who believe in the white adjacent myth also believe that most black people cannot be racist but can be racially prejudiced
"a racist hate crime against a chinese man? that's not even possible, asians don't experience racism because they're white adjacent. this was a prejudiced hate crime, not a racist one"
by Food Pyramid September 23, 2021
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(n.) A person who is technically a minority, but has access to, utilizes and sometimes benefits from white privilege. This is usually accomplished by said person distancing themselves from the socio political problems their ethnic group commonly faces. Usually by considering considering themselves better than their minority counterparts sharing their same ethnic heritage. This can also be a person who thinks they are are better minorities possessing a darker complexion.
Lisa, who is Latina, believes that immigrants are a drain the economy because they take jobs away from real, honest Americans. Lisa is also, not percieved to be Latina by mainstream America because of her blond hair, light skin and blue eyes. Lisa reaps the benefits of white privilege. Lisa makes not effort to correct her co-workers who refer to her as white. Lisa, is white adjacent.
by MAURI99 December 8, 2017
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(n.) A person who is technically a minority, but has access to, utilizes and sometimes benefits from white privilege. This is usually accomplished by said person distancing themselves from the socio political problems their ethnic group commonly faces. Usually by considering considering themselves better than their minority counterparts sharing their same ethnic heritage. This can also be a person who thinks they are are better minorities possessing a darker complexion.
Tyrone, who is an African American rapper, believes that immigrants are a drain the economy because they take jobs away from real, honest Americans. Tyrone is also, not percieved to be black by mainstream America because of his dyed blond hair, light skin and unslanted eyes. Tyrone reaps the benefits of white privilege. Tyrone makes zero effort to correct her co-workers who refer to him as white. Tyrone, is white adjacent.
by Arabella loves Chinese AMWF January 6, 2021
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A term originating in the Black community as a response to the popularization of the term "person of color" (POC).

Refers to any person that is at least part Asian, Native American, Latinx, or another demographic that is simultaneously non-Black and non-white. The only people who are not white adjacent are white people and Black people. The point of the term is to separate Black people, who are people of color (POC), from ethnicities and races that are not technically white but still fully benefit from white privilege.

Remember, there is no such thing as a light skinned person of color.
You can't be racist to Asian people because they're white adjacent. "Stop Asian Hate" was about racial prejudice against Asian communities, not racism. It's the same reason you can't be racist to white people or white passing people like Andrew Yang and AOC.
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black people who are technically a minority, but has access to, utilizes and sometimes benefits from white privilege. This is usually accomplished by said person distancing themselves from the socio political problems their ethnic group commonly faces. Usually by considering considering themselves better than their minority counterparts sharing their same ethnic heritage. This can also be a person who thinks they are are better minorities possessing a darker complexion.
"Look at Tommy, he's justifying the under-representation of Asian people and the mis treatments for them, he's black himself, what a white adjacent!""
by Arabella loves Chinese AMWF January 5, 2021
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