Yes, the power thing that comes with critical race theory
. I don't buy it. Power is a
shifting thing. If you go down to certain neighborhoods in this town at certain times of day, then you are powerless in the face of the resident
minority populations, and they know it. So being white won't help you one whit no matter how "white" the perceived overall power structure is; you are
liable to getting your @ss beat and badly and no one will life a finger to help you.
All the power in those neighborhoods runs against you.
I also think the power excuse is just a fancy way to get away with being racist and bigoted without having to face those accusations. How else do you
explain the ability to have endless organizations set aside for your race without otherwise thinking that it might be a bit racist and exclusive of
In reality, the emperor has no clothes, and if you aren't careful, he'll be selling you on white privilege next.
At any rate, the word racism according to my dictionary is the notion that one's own ethnic stock is superior with the secondary definition of
discrimination or prejudice based on racism. Prejudice is irrational hatred or suspicion of a particular group, race, or religion in this context.
Meanwhile, a bigot is someone who is rigidly devoted to his own group, race, religion, or politics and is intolerant of those who differ.
As you can see, all three words have closely related meanings. A bigot can be racist and prejudiced because of that bigotry. However, what critical
race theory does is shunt those words off from the individual onto society at large, so that even if you are not a bigoted individual acting out of
prejudice based on race, you are still guilty because your society as a whole is loaded with so-called racist, prejudiced, and bigoted constructs that
keep certain groups down to the advantage of others. This is the whole basis for white guilt. So it is almost a Marxist/collectivist notion of
assigning guilt so that none are blameless and all who are of a certain ethnic group, religion, or ideology must share in the guilt ... even if they
are not in fact racist, prejudiced, or bigoted.
And, if you ask me, that theory is in and of itself a subtle sort of prejudice.