There’s a fundamental misunderstanding in the Black (or sjw) community regarding the actual definition of racism.
Have you ever heard an absurd statement like, “You can’t be racist towards white people”?
It is usually followed by an explanation like, “To be racist you need to have some sort of power over a people” or something about oppression, etc.… Well, if you are on Tumblr, sooner or later you will be exposed to this pathetic mentality.
There are basically two types of people that uncritically accept the notion: Racist people of color (PoC) and ignorant people. To simplify things I’ll refer to both groups as social justice warriors (sjw).
Most sjw are stuck in a grievance bubble and tend to have major victim complexes. They believe that racism = power + privilege.
And, that is the problem.
Here is the real, established and accepted definition of racism:
rac·ism noun \ˈrā-ˌsi-zəm also -ˌshi-\
: poor treatment of or violence against people because of their race
: the belief that some races of people are better than others
Racism, as defined by Merriam-Webster: : 1. a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race 2: racial prejudice or discrimination
Racism, as defined by Microsoft Encarta Dictionary: 1. prejudice or animosity against people who belong to other races.
If you check other dictionaries you’ll find similar definitions. Nowhere do those definitions mention a system or power over people. And, nowhere does the definition limit the concept to a specific race or races. If you judge people based on their race, you are by definition a racist.
Racism is not about oppression. They have a word for oppression and its called OPPRESSION. Now, maybe you could argue that non-whites are incapable of oppression and that would put you on somewhat firmer ground, but not by much.
Any sources that may claim a different definition of racism are fringe material used by the largely non-white, extremely racist social scientists. However, the vast majority of social scientists and the public at large agree with the dictionary definition of racism.
Sjw try to redefine words to suit some agenda; basically inventing a definition of racism that excludes PoC…based on race. It’s like using racism to defend a claim that PoC can’t be racist. Using the racism = power + privilege definition is basically a formula to excuse racial minorities from accusations of racism. How people can uncritically accept such inaccurate ideas is baffling.
So, please lets cut the BS that you can’t be racist toward white people. We are not talking about some system of oppression at the institutional level or white privilege or any of that.
We are talking about racism against whites on a personal level by PoC. This hate is overpowering any messages of good and I can tell you it turns people away very quickly.
Lets break it down (not that someone stuck in a grievance bubble will allow themselves to understand).
(the following info courtesy of endgaem):
"racism = power + privilege" was thought up by a critical race theorist named Pat Bidol in her book Developing New Perspectives on Race. Eventually radical black racist took this definition as the new “standard” for identifying racism and spread it about. Layman social justice warriors on tumblr use it to justify their own racism, etc… Obviously this is a horribly limited and obscure (not even to mention fundamentally incorrect) definition.
One source that addresses the absurdity of the definition can be found here: http://www.wetasphalt.com/…/why-racism-prejudice-power… It’s fairly concise and very well written, so I would definitely recommend it.
One main argument I’ve seen for using the wrong definition, as opposed to the dictionary like any logical human being, is “the dictionary was created by white people, and therefore cannot be trusted”.
This is already a stupid statement in and of itself, but it gets even more hilariously absurd when you realize this:
Pat Bidol is white.
Now you might be thinking “yeah but the woman who popularized it wasn’t whi—”
Nope. Judith H. Katz, the woman who popularized this definition, is also white.
Both the creator and distributor of their definition of racism are apart of the racial group that they seem to detest so much, yet their rationale for upholding one definition over the other is that the one they disagree with was made by white people. Amazing, right?
The notion that white people cannot experience racism because there is no system of oppression working against white people is total BS. It’s a made up definition used to justify and mask racism against white people.