posted on Dec, 30 2018 @ 01:59 PM
I think the problem here is a confusion about what "racist" means. In reality, "racist" should mean someone who thinks a particular race is lacking
some fundamental piece of humanity, or someone who feels hatred towards a particular race, not because of life experiences and observations, but
simply for being different.
Here are two examples: If someone said "People of this particular race aren't actually human beings, they're pest animals like rats. We should just
put them all down so we don't have to be bothered by them.", that's racism. If someone said "Anyone belonging to this particular race should be shot
on sight so they don't contaminate my country with their disgusting genes", that's racism.
Now, if I would say "blacks are more likely to steal things", regardless of whether or not it's true, that's not racism, it's prejudice.
Holding this belief would not necessarily mean I see black people as being less human, less evolved, less capable, etc as a race, nor would it
necessarily mean I have some kind of hatred towards or dislike of black people. I could in fact hold this belief while holding no animosity or even
any dislike whatsoever towards the black race. Here's an example of how this could be: Say you got a job in a retail establishment in an area
populated mostly with black people. As is the nature of retail establishments, sometimes people steal things. As most of the customers are black, you
occasionally witness black people stealing things - more so than you witness white people stealing things. Thus, you come to a conclusion that black
people are more likely to steal things - not because you hate them or think they're less human, but because your life experiences have caused you to
develop a prejudice. Perhaps you even have a negative opinion of your employer and approve of this behavior, and as a result you have a more
favorable opinion of black people as a result of this prejudice. That may be a poor example of positive prejudice, but you can see the point I am
trying to make. Prejudice is not necessarily a bad thing, it's simply a developed belief.
Now, there's a third word here we should cover: Preference. Preference is distinct from prejudice and racism. Preference could be the result of
prejudice and/or racism, but it naturally has nothing to do with either. We all prefer things. It would be astronomically rare to find someone who
enjoys ALL of a particular thing - someone who enjoys ALL food, someone who enjoys EVERY music genre, someone who enjoys EVERY tv show, etc etc.
This is especially true when it comes to other people. Take anyone, and there will be people they would prefer to be friends with and spend time with,
and people they can't stand being around and would never willingly be friends with. They enjoy the natural scent of some people and find the body odor
of others absolutely repulsive. There will be people they find physically attractive, and people they... simply don't. Personally, I find women with
brown hair to be more attractive than women with blonde hair. That doesn't mean I hate women with blonde hair or think they're less human or want them
to be exterminated like rats, I simply have a preference. I also am not attracted to black women, in the same way I'm not particularly attracted to
women with blonde hair. Those particular traits simply don't appeal to me. I don't like olives, I don't like the "screamo" genre of music, I don't
like hot climates, and I don't find black women attractive. There's nothing whatsoever wrong with any of that.
We ALL have preferences, ALL of us. Anyone who calls a preference "racist" is simply being dishonest and using accusations to further their own