I saw a commment from one or two actitivists and they argue that to be racist/sexist requires power structures to be in your favour and therefore, traditionally 'oppressed' groups can't be racist/sexist.
- No, they can't.Vote A
- Yes, they can but it isn't wrong and it isn't "real" sexism/racism.Vote B
- Yes, they can.Vote C
I saw a report of a case where a group held an event about "diversifying the curriculum" and banned white people and men but defended herself saying:
"I, an ethnic minority woman, cannot be racist or sexist towards white men, because racism and sexism describe structures of privilege based on race and gender.
"Therefore, women of colour and minority genders cannot be racist or sexist, since we do not stand to benefit from such a system.”".
Most Helpful Girl
Yes, of course. Anyone can be sexist or racist regardless of their sex or race. It doesn't require "power" to be racist. There are racist people of EVERY race. Among different societies and places in the world, there are different racial groups in "power" as well so that argument doesn't make much sense, it would depend on what society or culture the person is talking about. Individuals can certainly be racist or sexist though whether their racial group is in a position of power or not. This is how I see it anyway.8
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Most Helpful Guy
"minority genders" unless she is speaking of transexuals that is basicly an oxymoron since women make up half of the population. Also the very fact she made the statment, ""I, an ethnic minority woman, cannot be racist or sexist towards white men, because racism and sexism describe structures of privilege based on race and gender." while simultaneously holding an event that banned men and whites something of which no white male could ever do means that she actually has greater privledge then those white men, thus negating her entire statment. Racism (tehcnicly there is no such thing as race) and sexisim is treating one race/gender diffrently then the other purley based on there gender/race and no other factors. So yeah thats racist, sexist, hypocritical, and illogicly stupid.1