posted on Jul, 24 2013 @ 12:48 PM
To start with I would like to say that this thread is NOT about the Zimmerman trial. Yes, it cause me to write this thread, but I do not wish to
discuss the details of that case here. Please direct these discussions to one of the thousand Zimmerman threads. Second, this thread is about racism
please please please keep the discussion civil, I am not writing this to try to race bait or offend anyone, I am just trying to clarify some
misconceptions about what is and isn't racism.
The reason I am writing this thread is because while reading some of the many threads and posts about the Zimmerman trial it has come up on more than
one occasion that the actions of the media and certain black community leaders such as Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson are racist against white people.
Not to mention the actions of emotionally involved black individuals who are posting things to their Facebook and twitter that amounts to taking
revenge on the whole white race.
Now when these things are pointed out, the detractors usually say that white people cannot be victims of racism because they didn't go through years
of racial persecution like the black community has. Or that it's not as bad. This is pure lunacy. Here is the Merriam Webster's definition of
1 : a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a
2: racial prejudice or discrimination
Here is the definition of prejudice:
1: injury or damage resulting from some judgment or action of another in disregard of one's rights; especially : detriment to one's legal rights
2 a (1) : preconceived judgment or opinion (2) : an adverse opinion or leaning formed without just grounds or before sufficient knowledge
b : an instance of such judgment or opinion
c : an irrational attitude of hostility directed against an individual, a group, a race, or their supposed characteristics
The reason I posted these two definitions is to show what the definition of racism says and more precisely DOESN'T say. For instance there is no
caveat at the bottom of the definition saying that in order to be a victim of racism one must be a member of a race that has been persecuted for a
long time. Nor does it definition different levels of racism. All actions of racism are equally hateful.
For a closer look, let's look at definition 2c of the prejudice definition. This definition mentions hostility. Most often hostility between two
individuals results from dislike or hatred of the other person. Yes hostility can result in a disagreement between friends and family, but this isn't
what the definition is talking about. This hostility is irrational. Friends and family generally do not have irrational dislike of each other.
To get to my point, this means that white people can most assuredly be victims of racism just as any other race can. It is just as equally hateful and
irrational as the more traditional forms of racism. In fact by perpetuating it and then denying or downplaying its severity you are continuing the
cycle of hate for more generations to experience. One must rise above the hatred if one truly wishes to end the hatred. This means that the person has
to recognize racial intolerance directed at themselves as well as racial intolerance from themselves. They have to be able to admit to the wrongdoing
so that they can stop it.
In the end I am not telling you to start liking other races. Sometimes ingrained hatred is just hard to overcome. What I am trying to say is not to
vocalize your opinions. Let the younger generations come to their own conclusions about different races. By no means am I suggesting that there
aren't any white racists left. There are plenty of them. Heck I've seen some posting on this site. However, the real problem is that there are just
as many if not more black racists in this country, and the media and public is letting these racists be loud and hateful without reprimand just
because their hatred is directed towards a race that has traditionally hated the other races.