Being from a minority group, I have come to see the whole hoopla about racism in this manner...
Racism, to me is when a particular group of people represent other rather powerless group of people repeatedly in negative light and propagating
stereotypes that are not true or not even that common.
That being said, I have observed that many whites/caucasian get really upset about racism and go on both extremes, some opposing it and some
promoting it based on evidence perpetuated by media. Is racism related to one group alone? not really. But given that whites are the majority and kind
of the structure of american/western society, they usually are blamed for racism, sometimes in a faulty manner, sometimes as a joke or sometimes due
to serious racist offence (typically violence,damage to property, taking away certain rights/benefits enjoyed by the majority , depicting some
religious symbol in a very insulting manner and so on).
Second point is that a lot of media usually creates an "us" vs. "them" barrier amongst whites and non-whites trying to put words like "multi
culturalism" etc. in between. I don't think a non white person living in US would have a culture that is drastically dissimilar to that of the
mainstream culture/white culture and customs. I think the problem with racism is that the power is not equally divided among all, this makes the
minority suspicious of the majority and the majority gets annoyed when they see themselves again and again in bad light and then there is still a
large part of the country that still believes in white superiority and so on, and they cite these negative remarks as an evidence of minorities
creeping in and destroying "white america".
This is what you see when there was a marked anxiety among right wing groups when obama came to power; a black guy with a muslim sounding
name...perfectly fitting the role of a person who will destroy the "white america". I think the real question is that we will have to sit down and
decide if america was made to be a "white country" or a country that would create the best batch of people, let it be in sports, politics, science,
maths and the like. Once that distinction is out of the way, the answer to racism would be a lot more apparent.
Racism, it seems has become just another word, those who sympathize with it oppose it and those who believe that muslims/blacks/chinese/indians are
out there to get the defenseless whites will promote and keep it alive, in the hopes that others who think like them will do something to preserve the
white culture. I apologize if I come across as being arrogant, I don't intend to, I , being a minority see it from this perspective, this is not the
best explanation, and neither is this complete. I will have to put a little more thought into this to give a more in-depth answer.
Also, I am a new member , nice to meet you all