Can Non-Whites Be Racist? Screed

February 7th, 2013 | Categories: Uncategorized

A former student forwarded this screed to me while taking my class on stereotypes. Despite its vitriol, it raises an important question. Can non-whites be racist? This is a surprisingly common question, which, coincidentally, I answered in another publication. Check out my answer here.

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  1. sggrams
    February 7th, 2013 at 14:40

    What amazes me with the “screed” is that there is no mention of history; the actual reason that there are separate institutions. The reason that there are organizations with black tacked on to the title is because Once Upon a Time blacks were not accepted (read banned from) into mainstream events/clubs/colleges/organizations…institutions (institutionalized racism!!) which were normally white male domains.
    I can totally get on board about everyone/anyone can be a racist but please keep in mind the difference between black and white racism. White racism has been institutionalized and still exists (yes, even despite having a “black” president).

    • Anastacia Kurylo
      February 11th, 2013 at 20:24

      The institutional racism point is valid. After all, the reason there are black, women, and minority versions of various organizations is because of this institutional racism. This is how I explain it to my students. It is inherently unfair to give a group preferential treatment because of the color of their skin or gender, and so forth. However, their mistake is thinking that this preferential treatment began with, for example, affirmative action. Actually, the preferential treatment began long before that and was tilted towards dominant groups. There has always been preferential treatment. Now, it is just systematic and a reaction to all the invisible privilege that has historically been a benefit of being a dominant group.

  2. February 7th, 2013 at 14:57

    If college taught me one thing, it’s that sometimes it’s ok to swallow your vomit. It came in handy while reading that screed.

    What’s so obvious, is what sggrams said alluded to: what was not said. Sure there is a double standard in names you can call people of different ethnicities, religions, genders, etc. But what about all the other double standards? How about what people get paid? Who people tend to hire. What possibilities life offers them.

    As a straight white man I may not be able to use a couple of words, but the other side is I have a pretty good job with adequate pay, can marry the person of my choice, and don’t get pulled over to the special line at the airport. Can’t really complain about that.

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