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Recently, specifically with the Upcoming release of the movie "Dear White People", there has been a fierce debate over the definition of racism and an even fiercer debate on whether "reverse racism" is actually a thing. In the case of Racism, it's the power aspect of it that I've honestly never thought about before seeing the trailer. The generally accepted definition of Racism is "when a person treats another person badly/thinks i'll of another person because of their race" and while that is a part of it, it goes deeper than that.
Now, I might lose watchers for this, but what the hell. It is what it is, and if you can't handle it then adios amigo.
And just so there's no confusion, yes white people -- men and women -- this is directed at you.
It may be PREJUDICE all the same but not RACISM, It will NEVER affect you in a majorly negative way. It will NEVER affect your life the way it will mine or -- worse -- PoC who aren't white-mixed like me/white-passing .
Racism is a system, and it doesn't produce many significant negative effects for you, because your race is the ruling class that makes the vast majority of the rules. You may not be inherently racist because you are white, but you do benefit from racism all the same whether you like it or not. Example: 45 million white families today can contribute their wealth to the homestead act in 1862 when which gave away acres of land for free to white people and EXPRESSLY excluded everyone else.
Power has EVERYTHING to do with it, and I don't really see how you can't see that. Sorry, but that's just the way it is.
To say people of color can be racist, denies the power imbalance inherent in racism. Although some Black people dislike whites and act on that prejudice to insult or hurt them, that’s not the same as systematically oppressing them and negatively affecting every aspect of their lives.
People of color, as a social group, do not possess the societal, institutional power to oppress white people as a group. An individual Black person who is abusing a white person, while clearly wrong, is acting out a personal racial prejudice, not racism.
Let me put it into perspective for you.
If my grandmother won the lottery for 200 million dollars, but your grandmother stole the winning ticket, cashed it, got the money instead then distributed small portions of it to all her friends, fellow white people, and you're benefiting from it generations later wouldn't it be understandable if my grandmother, her grandmother, then finally me were all pissed about that? Blacks built this country, but white's own everything -- the wealth, the power -- and still do. Being occasionally talked about is just a price you all pay for OWNING EVERYTHING.
And even THAT doesn't NEAR equal the punishment we get just for BEING black. I know you mean well, but it kind of saddens me that you'll be the same ones insisting it's equally wrong when it's not. Crying "Racism is wrong, Racism is stupid, we ALL bleed red!" but then REFUSE to acknowledge WHO receives the brunt of the wrong in favor the very few drawbacks you have. You refuse to acknowledge who's blood is on the streets. It isn't your blood and it rarely is.
Open your eyes. Racism IS about power and it ALWAYS was.