The Accepted Racism
Everyone likes to talk about how they hate racism, how racism is bad, and how they fight systemic oppression. There is a huge hypocritical, two faced, double standard with this whole social issue and is currently growing in popular thought. First we need to have a clear understanding about what racism IS.
prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior.“a program to combat racism”
synonyms: racial discrimination, racialism, racial prejudice, xenophobia, chauvinism, bigotry, casteism“Aborigines are the main victims of racism in Australia”
the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races.noun: racism“theories of racism”
Okay, but this leads to another question, what is RACE?
Race is a social construct that is a grouping of humans based on shared physical and social qualities into categories generally viewed as distinct by society. In other words, RACE is a fluid concept that can change through the generations.
So putting Racism in terms of how races are constructed it can be stated like this: “prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different [socially constructed grouping] based on the belief that one’s own [socially constructed group] is superior.”
Now, if we make the statement “Black people are criminals“- is this a racist statement? Right off the bat we better say yes! That is racist. But the definition of racism includes “based on the belief that one’s own [socially constructed group] is superior.” (keep that in mind) What if I was “black” and said that? Here we see that IDEALS and CONCEPTS can be racist no matter who is making them. This logically reveals that IDEAS and CONCEPTS can be racists regardless of who it came from. Ideals and concepts are racist, not people. Because what happens when a racist persons no longer believes his racists ideals… are they still racist? Nope.
But Oppressed People Can’t Be Racist…
It is a fairly new popular thought that the minority oppressed people, can not be racists. That the ideals and concepts of racism can not be held by the oppressed. They base their concept, and redefinition of the word, from the part of the original definition of racism “…based on the belief that one’s own [socially constructed group] is superior.” But there is a fundamental logical flaw in this redefining concept. The minorities view, or the views of the oppressed are superior to the views of the oppressors and racist majority. This redefined concept claims that its belief is, in fact, superior in truth. This superior redefined concept then applies prejudices upon a certain race. In effect, people who believe in this redefined concept literally believe that their own belief is superior about another racial group– which is the exact second part of the definition of racism! The more correctness or, literally, the superiority of their belief, invalidates this new popular hypocritical thought.
Now let us get into the real issue. If we were to make the statement “All black people are…” does it matter what comes next? No. The premise alone makes this incomplete idea and concept racist because the premise, itself, is fundamentally racist. It BEGINS and DEPENDS ON an assumed racial collective prejudice.
Can we assume all black people are… No, we can’t. We don’t know every single black person on earth or in that culture or nation. Therefore, our judgement can only be an assumption completely based on race. We see the word “prejudice,” an element of the concept of Racism, but what is prejudice?
- preconceived opinion that is not based on reason or actual experience.
But can someone’s reason or actual experiences validate being collectively racially prejudice? If one black person breaks into a house, can someone justly assume that all black people may break into their house? No. If one white person is wealthy, can someone justly assume that all white people are wealthy? No. Any of those beliefs are racial prejudice, an element of racism.
Are all black people criminals? No.
Are “All ______ people criminals“? Same exact question, concept and principle, except we removed the specific adjective. Does the concept change, no matter what adjective we replace to describe the noun, “people?” Nope.
We can interchange races and still have the same racist prejudicial premise. We can even remove the specific concept “crime” and say “All [race] people are [specific]” and STILL the premise of the formulating idea IS RACIST.
All black people are good at basketball.
All hispanic people are illegal immigrants.
All white people are rich.
This is just as true for all human thought. “All X people are Y.” When “X” people is a socially collectivist constructed grouping. A collectivist ideal dividing and grouping people. Where “Y” is whatever you want it to be. Typically it is a racially prejudicial stereotype. And this belief held by someone, they feel, is superior based on their own race and experiences. THUS, is racist, by definition.
Now… get ready… apply that very UNIVERSAL TRUTH, which IS superior to ALL racial groups and human thought:
“All white people are privileged.“
Did you cringe a little? Did you frown, lower your eye brows, and in your mind think, what a sec, I’ve always been taught and told that they are; do you ‘believe’ they are?… THAT is evidence that you have been indoctrinated by hypocritical, two faced, double standard subconscious racists. Did you even notice how I used the word “they” when describing a racial group of people, did that even bother you? It should have.
If you see a white person, and think to your self “he must be privileged” with out even knowing if he is, in fact, privileged; then you officially hold racially prejudices against white people, by definition.
If you believe “all white people are privileged” because someone told you a bunch of numbers and data, yet, you don’t personally know, in fact, if every single white person is, in fact, privileged; but you just believe what you have been told about “all white people”. Congrats, that’s what the KKK did for generations, and you fell into their same kind of racial indoctrination. For centuries, scientists, psychologist, scholars, professors, politicians, religious leaders, and supreme court justices, all, taught racial prejudices about black people… And your just going to believe, by default, a study from some ‘expert’ that leads you to draw a collective judgement about an entire racial group?
Does it not bother YOU that it is OKAY to have RACIST ideas and prejudices about the a socially constructed group of people? Do you hate racism? You speak out against racist ideals in society right? Do you really? Or are you a little prejudice? Maybe a little antagonistic regarding the “white” socially constructed group of people? WAKE UP. BE HONEST WITH YOUR SELF. BE REAL.
Hate ALL FORMS OF RACISM, not just the ideas and concepts that are inconvenient for you.