Role reversal can be a useful gauge of when something is unfair, but not always, and it has to be used judiciously. Take the case of racism. One occasionally hears complaints that minorities or people of color can say things that would be condemned as racist if others did it, and this is labeled as a form of ‘reverse racism’.
For example, I wrote earlier about the strange sense of grievance that some white people seem to have about the fact that if they use the n-word they are condemned as racist while black people use it with impunity, which is asserted to be a form of reverse racism.
Comedian Aamer Rahman explains when an accusation of reverse racism is justified.
(Via Cory Doctorow)