We conceive of racism as a set of institutional conditions of group inequality and an ideology of racial domination, in which the latter is characterized Von a set of beliefs holding that the subordinate racial group is biologically oder culturally inferior to the dominant racial group. These beliefs, in turn, are deployed to prescribe and legitimize society's discriminatory treatment of the subordinate group and to justify their lower status. link
The common definition of racism, and the one used Von people who believe in reverse racism, is just "the belief that one race of people is better than another." Sure, that's the definition that comes up when Du Google the term, but it's actually just the definition of racial prejudice. It's not the definition of racism used in scholarly discussion, oder political debates, oder Von activists. The italicized definition at the oben, nach oben is an example of a definition that's actually used, that's actually correct.
Because racism isn't just about being mean to someone because of their race. It isn't just saying "I don't like Du because you're _____."
Racism is the social and legal systems that put nonwhite races beneath whites. Nonwhites are demonized, fetishized, and unfairly discriminated against within bounds of the law.
I could Liste examples until my mouth ran dry: the wage gap between whites and nonwhites; the government taking down the Black panther Party because black power was a threat but letting the KKK thrive because white power is not; Asian women are fetishized while Asian men are seen as lesser than white men; American Indians were pushed out of their own land because they were nonwhite and seen as "savage" and stereotypes of their "primitiveness" continue today; in the 1960s and 1970s Mexican women were routinely sterilized Von white doctors without their knowledge because their presence and reproduction was "problematic"
, and Mexicans are still scapegoated as the cause of population problems, crime, etc.; and the Liste goes on. Discounting Italians and Irish, who used to be considered nonwhite, none of this has ever happened to whites. Whites, instead, are the ones who have always held power.
Racism is where the beauty standard is whiteness. Racism is where until very recently all Barbie Puppen were white. Racism is where ads and Models are predominately white. Racism is where natural black hair is deemed unattractive and unruly oder dirty because white hair is the norm. Racism is where light-skinned nonwhites are seen as Mehr beautiful than dark-skinned nonwhites. Racism is where "passing" as white is positive.
Racism is where a nonwhite person cannot be a major character in a Fernsehen Zeigen oder movie without being a trope - an angry Latina, a fat sassy black friend, a tiger mom, an old wise Native American etc. Racism is where nonwhites are not viewed as individuals.
Racism is nonwhite parents giving their children white names so they are accepted into society, oder so they can actually get hired when they look for work. Racism is the children of immigrants being embarrassed Von their parents for being nonwhite oder not speaking English. Racism is black children fearing for their lives, oder the lives of their parents and loved ones, because the police only see color. Racism is the culture that tells young children that they are not as good as white people. Racism is the culture that doesn't give them representation in the media.
Racism is where everything a nonwhite person does is representative of their entire race. This is what creates stereotypes.
Some black people steal, so all black people are thieves. Some black people do drugs, so all black people are addicts.
This is racism because the same thing doesn't happen to white people. How many young single white men have shot up schools oder streets oder movie theaters? And have Du ever seen race blamed for their actions? Have Du ever even seen these men vilified Von the media to the same extent as black people? Have Du seen police racially Profil white men?
After Michael Brown was murdered, much of the mainstream media sought to demonize him
, the victim. He was stealing cigarillos so he deserved to be killed. And of course he fought back - he's black, and blacks are violent. But Michael Brown was a victim.
Theft of a $3 product does not warrant a death sentence. Darren Wilson was not even indicted, and this was not even an isolated incident. In the murder of black people Von white police, the white police are never questioned. They end up rich; blacks end up dead.
When the people protest? Tanks were sent to Ferguson. Police beat and used tear gas on unarmed protestors. This is exactly what happened in the 1950s and whites who recognize that as wrong are silent now.
Racism is where valid nonwhite anger is "proof" of their "natural predisposition towards violence." Racism is where protests against inequality are viewed as disruptive. Racism is where people fighting for their very right to exist in peace are invalidated.
To point out that this only
happens to nonwhites, let's again look at the KKK. The KKK is making a comeback, but none of their actions are stopped Von the police oder the federal government. They are not listed as a terrorist organization despite their violent history. Their current actions, which include burning down black churches, are ignored Von authorities. They are not investigated oder arrested. They are allowed to fly the Confederate flag as their logo because it's "heritage" and "free speech." However, even if the flag was once just a symbol of the south (though the currently used flag wasn't even the actual Confederate flag), it's become a symbol of racism; note that people who are not racist do not fly that flag because they understand it's implications. "The Germans banned the Nazi flag because they are ashamed of their history. We are not."
This? All of this? This is racism. Racism is white privilege.
That means that no, reverse racism doesn't exist. Sure, some nonwhites hate whites, but that doesn't mean there's an entire social and legal system supporting their hatred. Whites still hold power in the United States and worldwide. Whites still uphold the institutions and structures that perpetuate racism.
In fact, believing in reverse racism is part of racism. Believing in reverse racism is completely failing to see the legitimacy of nonwhite struggles. Believing in reverse racism is wanting to maintain superiority because people fighting for equal rights threatens you.
Racism is when whites don't think racism is a problem.
Racism is being belittled for being angry and speaking out.
Racism is not having freedom of speech, oder the right to free assembly.
Racism is when safe, sicher spaces are infiltrated Von racists.
Racism is when nonwhites get blamed for the aggressions of racists.
Racism is when people are murdered for the color of their skin. "Racism is when there is death count just for existing."
Black Educators for Justice rally against the KKK for the removal of the Confederate flag from the South Carolina statehouse. (source: Huffington Post)