Are You A Racist?   4 comments

I mostly have stayed mum on the racism debates because I’m frankly tired of the topic and I don’t think the histrionics surrounding it are getting any of us anywhere. And I would have stayed quiet if one series had not ended before I was ready to take up another. So here is what I think:

The rules of our current society are stacked against a reasonable discussion of racism because most people are not allowed an opinion. If you’re not (cue snotty accent) “a person of color”, you aren’t allowed to have an opinion. You are deemed a recipient of “white privilege”. You can agree with your accusers and plead guilty or you’re deemed a racist. There are no other options allowed, so no reasonable discussion is possible.

I’m part American Indian. That makes me a “person of color”, though I am also part Swedish and Irish, so my opinion counts less if I disagree with other “persons of color”.  So, I’m going to start out by saying — if this offends you, that’s okay! You probably need to examine yourself on the issue anyway.

Racism is defined as

  • the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races.
  • prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior
So, based on that definition, I want to pose a series of questions for consideration as I would pose them to my cousins on the Rez.
  • Do you believe that all white Americans are inherently racist?
  • Do you believe that whites have better jobs because they are white?
  • Do you believe whites do better in school because the white teachers give white children better grades just because they’re white?
  • Do you believe that anytime a white cop shoots a minority suspect it is because the cop is racist?
  • Do you believe that every Indian in prison today is there because of institutional racism?
If you answered “yes” to any one of the above questions, according to the above definition, you might be a racist.
And, just so we’re crystal clear here — although I posed it to my cousins, I’m including every reader of every race in the OP. White, black, Asian, Indian, biracial … if you answered “yes” to any of those questions, you might be a racist.
Tell me where I’m wrong!

Posted January 1, 2015 by aurorawatcherak in racism

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4 responses to “Are You A Racist?

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  1. The word ‘racist’ seems to be only ever applied to whites, and is used to stifle debates on all manner of important topics. Facts, provable facts, cannot be mentioned sometimes, because some idiot will cry ‘racist.’ It is time to overcome this immaturity and only apply the term ‘racist’ to true racism – racism as you have defined it.


  2. Well, if you aren’t part of the media elite or black and liberal (even conservative blacks aren’t allowed), then you have no right to comment on the subject. Therefore, your opinion does not matter. Your little ‘quiz’ is just another example of someone who is trying to keep whites on top of the struggling blacks in this country, who can’t make it without all of us giving up more of our money to the government, so that they can take their share, save a few spotted owls and rare desert frogs, before giving a small portion to the people they’ve convinced that there is no other way to make it in this country – some of those people are black, so there you go! Bigger government is the only answer to racism.


  3. Talking about racism is hard because it is painful to think about, let alone talk about. When we’ve been discriminated against, it touches the very fabric of who we are. We question our worth and value in a society we want to believe is equal opportunity for all. I’ve brought children into this world–how do I explain to them the madness going on? I can’t change that I’m black. I can’t dye my hair, or change my eye color with contacts. I am what I am:everyone can see it, 24/7. And people are free to judge me, for the good or bad, because of it. I hate that, but it is what it is. I think it’s too bad that people have a hard time discussing racism calmly and with respect; but I also understand where the pain, anger and fear comes from. Racism is built into our society; it contributed to our economy, geographical evolution and it’s ingrained in our culture. It’s insidious and pervasive. Sometimes hidden, sometimes in your face. Minorities cope with it as best we can but we all know it’s there. That is life.


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