Interesting definition of racism. I’ve never known it to be defined as such, even when just talking about racism in the USA. This is supposedly a definition from critical race studies:
“Well, to try to answer this question, let’s visit the fundamental definition of USA racism, which, for some reason, is greatly mis-understood by a majority of white people in the USA who have expressed that they were a recipient of racism from a Black or Brown person. They use the word ‘racism’ when actually they are describing a situation in which the Black or Brown person was expressing something, or doing something, that is different than the fundamental concept of USA racism. (Updated June 1 2013, 22:44 PST)
What Racism Is
Being ‘racist’ means that your behavior or attitude towards people will favor an outcome that privileges white racialized people; that privileges a white supremacist value system in the USA. USA racism means that USA society has built, and continues to organize, hierarchies of power around a white supremacist value system. Such a system means white racialized people end up collectively benefiting from this structural/systemic/institutional arrangement of power, privilege, and resources. This is how the canon of critical race studies and critical whiteness studies fundamentally define ‘racism’ or being ‘racist’ (Crenshaw 1995; Allen 2001; Flagg 2005; Lipsitz 2006; Sullivan and Tuana 2007; Chapman 2010; Martinot 2010; Razack et. al 2010)
If a Black person were ‘racist’ towards a white person or white people, their actions would help to create more favorable outcomes for white people than non-white people. For example, to be ‘racist’ towards a white person who is is being interviewed for a job by a Black person, this would mean that the Black person would desire to hire this White candidate because they are white; because they fundamentally believe in the white supremacist notion that White people are superior to non-white candidates. This would be the true definition of USA racism.”
According to this definition it sounds like black people can’t be racist towards white folks insofar as it wouldn’t disadvantage them on an institutional scale (since black folks generally don’t have institutional power). They (black folks) can be racist towards white people if they act in a way that contributes to the already-established white supremacist structure, it seems. I can’t say that I agree or disagree but it is interesting, nonetheless.
Read the entire blog post here: http://sistahvegan.com/2013/06/01/can-black-people-be-racist-towards-white-people/
“I knew something was wrong when a pretty little white girl ran into a black man’s arms.”
I’ve pretty much stayed away from this topic because I have conflicting feelings about it, but there is SO much to unpack in that quote above. But I’ll let you do the unpacking. I’m not certain I’m qualified to talk about the United States of America’s White-Damsel-in-Distress pathology.
I’m glad the women and girls have been freed and that the perpetrator has been captured, but I also hate all of the stereotypical narratives that are being confirmed with this situation.
I will ask this, though: If the little girl was black, who would describe her as “pretty” and who would question her running into a white man’s arms? Who would even care that she was missing?
I need a Gradient Lair take on this STAT! #SheGoesIn