posted on Jan, 24 2015 @ 05:53 PM
a reply to: Krazysh0t
Dude, I have had this discussion like 100 times with a variety of friends and social justice activists. I agree with 100%. Racism is totally possible
against White People.
And you are also 100% correct that if you and I say that, a checklist of diversions are offered:
1) "Racism" only means institutionalized oppression, and because whites have more power therefore minorities cannot be racist." Unfortunately, this
is not true, because racism is ALSO defined as interpersonal or intergroup prejudice based on race even without power.
2) "Certain minority groups have experienced far more racism, through slavery, institutions, Jim Crow, etc. Therefore you Whites need to stop playing
the victim and we don't want to hear about prejudice against Whites." The second most commonly trumpeted deflection, it fails because it is a binary
magnitude argument, that because one group has experienced more that the other group (whites) haven't experienced any. Logically fallacious
3) "Because we don't have power and oppressive ability, prejudicial or hateful statements we make towards whites can't count as racism and it's
okay. Deal with it." Fundamentally ignores how harmful and divisive interpersonal racism can be. Tries to give license to bad behavior on the part of
some minority people because some of their people have been harmed by racism. Two wrongs don't make a right.
4) The absolute worse possibly: "You disagree with us that Whites can experience racism only because a) you are ignorant of history and racism b) you
are a closet racist c) you are deluded by 'white privilege. These are the only reasons you might disagree with the narrative."
Unfortunately, this entire narrative and the way in which these conversations unfold are making me want to bow out and stop engaging. Me, a person
very serious about ending racism, and one who has worked professionally in social justice for almost 10 years.