*This MyTake contains offensive material, read at your own risk. Call me ignorant, stupid, selfish, or any other name you can think of, but don't call me racist. This is in no way racist. I do not believe any race is superior to another race.*
I really wasn't planning on writing another MyTake about race. But here I am, writing another MyTake about race. Because there's something(s) I need to get off my chest.
There's a racism epidemic in America. It's spreading like wildfire. I'm pretty sure you've noticed it. non-whites being abused by cops. Non-whites being treated poorly because of the color of their skin. Whites hating on non whites, solely due to the color of their skin.
There's a racism epidemic in America. It's spreading like a virus. I'm pretty sure you haven't noticed it. Whites being treated poorly because of the color of their skin. Non whites hating on whites, solely due to the color of their skin.
I can already anticipate some of the responses. Something about how non-whites cannot be racist because they don't benefit from systemic racism and systems of oppression. Something about how white people are more racist. Something about how racism is justified because look at the history books.
I'm just going to give my answers to these responses right now.
1) Non whites cannot be racist because they don't benefit from systemic racism and systems of oppression.
Yes, non whites can be racist. The definition of racism is as follows. As you can see it has nothing to do with oppression.
But definitions can change over time. Yes, they can. But any word can be broken down into its parts to derive its meaning. You can't change the definition of a word willy nilly.
I covered this at depth in another MyTake. In short, any race can be racist. But if you don't believe that before you read this, I probably won't have changed your mind.
Racism isn't a contest
Having a contest to see which group of people is more racist is like a contest between two people to see which one of them is more antisocial. Who cares. Racism is racism and racism is bad. It doesn't really matter who is more racist. Just like there are degrees of antisocial behavior, but I think we can agree that any antisocial behavior is bad.
Honestly, it doesn't matter who is more racist. And how would you prove this to begin with. There aren't statistics measuring the amount of racists in America. According to one poll, more than half of Americans are racist. I sincerely doubt that's actually the case, but who knows, maybe it is.
Racism is bad. End of discussion.
Racism towards non-whites isn't justified, racism towards whites is justified
Whether or not one kind of racism is more justified or not really doesn't matter. Here's what I know. In high school I had a few black friends. They didn't hate me for my skin color. They dealt with racial discrimination. If they dealt with racial discrimination and don't hate me, that proves a person can be racially discriminated against and not turn into a racist.
I think some people are logical and mentally strong enough to not let one bad experience color their views of a group of people while others aren't. I think that's what determines who is and isn't racist. Intelligence also plays a major role- racists of any skin color seem to be the most unintelligent people. The sort of people who would overgeneralize and believe that because two people share a trait they must also have similar personalities.
With that out of the way, let me get into what I really want to talk about today. Racism towards white people, or as I like to call it "golden ticket" racism.
I call it golden ticket racism because that's precisely what it is. A non white person will be racist towards a white person. When called out on this racist behavior they will point out one of those three things (usually, there are other arguments as well) in an attempt to distance themselves from the term. Instead of changing their behavior and actions to avoid being racist they want to change the word itself.
This is basically a golden ticket. They can say whatever they would like to the other person because they are white, while the white person cannot say whatever they want to the non-white person.
Granted, this is very flawed logic. And it's not as though everybody else is OK with this person saying whatever they want or agrees with them. But that's the thing- really all this person needs to do is justify to themselves why it is OK for them to say these things and why it doesn't actually make them a racist.
Earlier this morning I came across this gem of an article entitled "My Open Letter to White People or Why I Hate ‘White people’
Just stop and think about that for a second. What if I were to write an article entitled "my open letter to black people or why I hate black people." I'm willing to bet people wouldn't react well...
Now, I know what you're thinking. OK, so this person is racist. So what. As you pointed out in this MyTake, racists exist.
That's precisely the issue- I wouldn't have such a problem if the person writing this letter simply came out and said "I hate white people, I'm a racist I don't care white people suck."
That's not at all what happens.
(https://whatwhiteswillneverknow.com/post/75598021537/my-open-letter-to-white-people-or-why-i-hate if you care to read it yourself)
First, the author mentions some racist things she's said in the past. She seems completely comfortable with mentioning that stuff too. Like it's something to be proud of.
Let's replace the word white with the word black and see what happens:
"Ugh, black people."
"Fuck black people."
"I hate black people."
Sounds like the ramblings of a racist. If somebody made those remarks and then claimed they weren't a racist I would probably laugh in their face at the absurdity of that statement.
So how does the author justify it? By claiming there is an underlying REASON for the racist statements. Oh ok, let's hear her out. What is this reason.
As she goes on to explain, her distaste for white people is not actually her fault, but the fault of white people.
If I were to write an article called "my open letter to black people or why I hate black people" write down a bunch of racist stuff I frequently say about black people and then go on to explain that my hatred wasn't my own fault but the fault of black people...
She contradicts everything known about words and language by explaining that she isn't really saying she hates white people. She's saying she hates being compared to white people. She's saying she hates being judged by the standard of white people. She hates that she's being scrutinized based on the principles of white people. And she hates that white people don't have to think about race on a regular basis.
But instead of saying that, instead of clarifying what she means she just simply says she hates white people. Am I the only one that thinks this sounds like a bit of an...
So not only does she hate white people. It's white people's own fault that she hates them. OK lady.
She goes on to list all the reasons she hates white people and her hatred is justified. There are many.
She then goes on to justify her own racism by pointing out examples of other people's racism.
And then she has the audacity to claim that white people cannot face racism. And adds that she hates white people for claiming they can face racism.
So she hates white people because they call her a racist when she says she hates them. Yeah, that makes a ton of sense.
Oh, and she hates how white people can defend this point with the dictionary.
Basically, she's a raging racist that frequently spews anti-white racial epithets and it's all white people's fault and she doesn't want to be called racist.
This sort of casual racism towards whites isn't exactly uncommon though. Just take a look at the black lives matter facebook page. I hate white people isn't an uncommon sentiment followed immediately by "I'm not racist, I just can't stand them."
Your past does not give you a golden ticket to be as racist as you want when other people who experienced the same things in their past are not racist. You are racist because you are feeble minded and stupid.
And if you don't like that word, tough shit. I'm not too fussed about what I call someone who hates me. If you don't want to be racist, DON'T ACT RACIST. This isn't rocket science.