I caught myself almost going into this rant on someone post and this really had nothing to do with the topic at hand.
So here's my question: Are we, as a nation, actually ridding ourselves of racism, or are we 'sweeping it under the rug' so to speak?
Now in my opinion I feel that we are right on track, if not ahead of schedule, in the process of ridding our nation of racism. This thought is based off of the fact that Africans have been enslaved by Europeans since the 1400s, meaning that Europeans had roughly 400 years of ingrained racism in their system before the slave trade ended in the United States and then another hundred years or so before African Americans took the stage to fight for serious equality. So after 500 years or so of European Americans considering themselves above the African Americans for us to have come as far as we have in the last 50 years to me is quite the achievement.
I'm definitely not trying to imply that we don't still have a ways to go, nor am I saying that we don't have to try anywhere near as hard to help our people in a time where all of the negative stereotypes of the African American is not only encouraged, but rewarded by the media.
So please share your thoughts with me.
I think most people tend to believe that racism is a euphemism for prejudice. Racism is a "local and global power system structured and maintained by persons who classify themselves as white, whether consciously or subconsciously determined; this system consists of patterns of perception, logic , symbol formation, thought, speech, action and emotional response, as conducted simultaneously in all areas of people activity ( economics, education, entrainment, labor, law, politics, religion, sex and war)... The ultimate goal of this system is to ensure the survival of white skinned people from non-white people". Therefore given this definition, racism has not ended and I think once people understand what racism is only then can we end racism.
Racism is not by definition about white people, anybody can be a racist no matter their race. If you think that somehow a person cannot be a racist solely based upon his or her race, you are basically a ehm... racist.
"Racism is a system of privileges for a group"
Dude, it's in the freaking dictionary. The least you can do when you use another definition of a word is to have the courtesy to provide the alternative definition.
How would you call it when a non-white is racially discriminatory to a white person? And why would you want to change the definition of racism, why can't you call white supremacy what it is (it is white supremacy, duh).
I see a lot of people that want to change certain definitions in the dictionary, usually it's more politically (ideologically) motivated and as in this case, makes little sense.
"racism is exclusively practiced by whites at the expense of non-white people"
This is a false statement, non-whites are most definitely capable of racism. Do you have any idea how many Arabs for instance are extremely racist towards blacks? There is more to the world then just the US, and not all systems of privileges are controlled by whites.
"You should pick up "white racism" and "racist America" by Joe Feagin"
As much as I enjoy a good laugh, I will not spend my money on a book from a person that claims that racism is exclusively practiced by whites. That's just silly and incorrect.
"if you think I'm racist"
So I'm guessing you're non-white then, because that'll make you automatically exempt from racism according to your definition. However, according to the dictionary definition (which I included in my post) it is somewhat of a different story. If you say that you cannot be a racist (dictionary definition) because you are of a non-white race you are saying that there are inherent differences in capability based solely on race. Ergo: racism according to the dictionary definition. So you tell me, according to the dictionary, are you a racist?
Personally, I'm a big fan of the way Morgan Freeman speaks about racism in this interview. If you really want to get rid of racism (dictionary definition) then you gotta stop seeing differences when there are none.
It is said about humans that the genetic variation in our gene sequence in our species is less then that of let's say two chimpanzee families a river delta. We truly are all brothers and sisters.
"On both St. Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day, the white male gives gifts of chocolate candy with nuts…. If his sweetheart ingests "chocolate with nuts," the white male can fantasize that he is genetically equal to the Black male…. "
That's from Frances Cress Welsing her book, that sounds quite racist to me.
This passage would make sense if you read preface ii of her book. I must admit that some of her arguments I don't agree with but I don't throw the baby out with the bath water. Her definition of racism is very consist with the other scholars I mentioned. By the way, that's not being racist.
Here is an interesting and thoughtful response on your topic. I downloaded the book but have not read it yet, so not able to comment.