Answer to original question: No.
Actually, you can be racist against any race.
Here is the definition of racism via Merriam Webster dictionary:
rac·ismnoun \ˈrā-ˌsi-zəm also -ˌshi-\
: poor treatment of or violence against people because of their race
Full Definition of RACISM12: racial prejudice or discriminationSo, Whites can be racist. Blacks can be racist. Japanese can be racist. EVERYONE can be racist. You can even be racist against your own kind (which i call “reverse racism,” but i doubt that’s a technical term).All you have to do to be racist is believe that one race is better than another, or treat a certain race poorly, or have a prejudice against a race, no matter what it is.
You lost me at “actually”.
You shown me that you can copy and paste from a dictionary. Congrats. Now use the same definition in a sentence.
White people suffers from racism because they are subjected to Black bankers’ discrimination practices.
I got another one.
White people faced racism when going into Chinese neighborhoods because they are charged 15% more for goods and services.
And last, but not least.
White people faced racism because Black people’s ideals of beauty are bestowed on them from every media outlet.
I want you to tell me… is that how you would use racism in a sentence?
Instead of me telling you what is wrong with the sentences, use your common sense.
If you read, you would have seen that i DID use it in a sentence at the end of my post.
You don’t need to be rude.
This is what you said:
All you have to do to be racist is believe that one race is better than another, or treat a certain race poorly, or have a prejudice against a race, no matter what it is.
What’s the word you copy and pasted?
You didn’t use “racism” in a sentence.
And you said you call people who are racists against their own people “reverse racism”. *sighs* Me being rude wouldn’t be me giving you an opportunity to defend yourself. Me being rude would be me pointing that sentence out and saying…
"What the hell is wrong with you?"
When you look up “Racist” in any online dictionary, including Merriam-Websters, it directs you to the definition of racism.
Please explain to me what exactly you are getting at here. All you are doing is attacking me for using dictionary definitions within a response to something.
Are you trying to say that only white people are capable of racism? Because that is blatantly false. Have you ever heard of the Black Panthers? Or how about the fact that in Japanese culture, there are only two “races”: Japanese/Nihonjin and Gaijin, or “Those foreigners.” (If you want a source for that, I unfortunately can’t give you an internet source since it comes from my Anthropology professor, who lived in Japan, married a Japanese woman, speaks fluent Japanese, and did the bulk of his Cultural Anthropology/Ethnology research on Japan. His name is Jeffrey Maret. i’m sure his credentials are out there somewhere.)
Race is a social construct that people place in order to justify saying that they are better than others. Risking Godwin’s Law being invoked, i’m going to bring up Nazi Germany and the fact that Hitler used these concepts to further the extermination of anyone that wasn’t Aryan, which is ironic considering he wasn’t. He saw the “Aryan Race” as the superior race, and anyone who wasn’t blond hair and blue eyed was bad. If you weren’t German, you were worse. If you were Jewish, or Gypsy, or Black, well, you were better off dead, and most were killed for that. That’s an extreme example of racism, but it is one.
Oh, and on reverse racism? It’s a term that my friends and i “came up with” in middle school to describe what was going on in our school. The white teachers would ignore when the black girls broke any rules (school dress code, bullying, etc.) because they were afraid of them (i grew up in a lower class neighborhood and there was a lot of gang-like behavior in my school). White teachers ADMITTED to me that they were afraid that they would get death threats if they disciplined black children. Therefore, they gave the black children privileges that the white children weren’t afforded, such as wearing miniskirts that practically showed their butts, bullying others, and more. i was harassed constantly by a group of black girls and was threatened repeatedly, and the teacher was present and did absolutely nothing, even when it happened right in front of her. i had to stand up for myself, because the teachers were so afraid that they would not punish a student, just because they were afraid of death threats or getting called racist, so they put their students in danger. That is reverse racism. That is saying “This group that isn’t my race is better than my race for these reasons.” The reasons for the teachers were that the black students were seen as more powerful, even more powerful than the adults that were supposed to be in charge.
I get that you grew up in a place where they tried to make you seem as non-threatening to whites as possible. That sucks. But where you grew up is a whole different world from where i am. And by the way, what happened to you, i would consider reverse racism. The people where you lived decided that the white people were better than your race in some way, and so you guys had to act a certain way in order to please them and make them feel safe - to mollify them.
If you want to actually have a constructive debate and put forth arguments that aren’t just “You’re stupid but I won’t tell you why,” then go ahead. But until that point in time, i suggest you stop replying to this. i tire of people being patronizing when they don’t even know how.
I don’t have a lot of time to respond to this right now, but I can say that this part is bullshit:
Well, I guess you got me there. *side eyes*
I used to live on St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, so it’s safe to say that White people are the minority there.
But guess what?
I was prepped to…
- never speak like an islander
- don’t think about dreading your hair
- no tats.
- Follow Jesus Christ
- Be as non-threatening to Whites as possible.
You want to know who I interned for? A White man who told me the exact opposite:
- Do what makes you feel comfortable.
- Speak up for yourself.
- Learn the rules so you can break them.
- Be the change you want to be in the world.
He wasn’t on the “save the world” complex, he was trying to help me be the best me, not the me that the majority of my teachers was trying to shape me up to be.
So, yeah… it’s not possible to be racist against White people when we were prepped to please y’all in the first place.
Yes… you think you can just hit me with something I can’t relate to, and yet I can, just not in the way you’re expecting…
… but alas… if you’re looking for better answers than my personal experiences (which by the way, people LOVE to discount.).
Get outta here, with ya straw man defense.
Or how about the fact that in Japanese culture, there are only two “races”: Japanese/Nihonjin and Gaijin, or “Those foreigners.”
I majored in Japanese in undergrad and spend 7 months living in Tokyo as part of it.
Like, yeah, arguably there is racial discrimination against foreigners in Japan in the sense that it would be really hard for someone like me to get a job (except teaching English), rent an apartment, or ever get citizenship there. Clerks treated me weird in stores and restaurants, people wouldn’t sit next to me on the train because they were afraid of me, people stared at me in the street. Honestly (embarrassingly), my experience there is what made me aware of subtler forms of racial discrimination in the US (as a real, pervasive problem and not just the result of a few prejudiced people).
BUT, I got treated *a lot* better than the black Americans who were on my program. I got treated *a lot* better than the Southeast Asians who were on my program. From reading about other people’s experiences, and watching the TV show “koko ga hen da yo, nihonjin" I know it’s worse for South Asians than it is for white people too.
Your professor sounds like he’s just hurt that he, as a white person, suddenly had to be made aware of his race instead of always being the “default”. It sounds like he remained unable to see that others might have it worse than him. He sounds like he’s full of shit.
I didn’t say that he was upset about it. I just said that the word gaijin literally means “those foreigners.” That shows underlying racism. Like you said, it’s hard for you to get a job over there or rent an apartment. Just because racism against white Americans is less than the racism against black Americans doesn’t mean it isn’t racism - it’s just manifesting in varying degrees. i can’t speak on that show, as i’ve never seen it (thanks for the link, by the way - i’ll check it out). But i would say again that racism against Southern Japanese people doesn’t negate the existence of racism against Americans, white or black, or any other foreigners.
Oh and thank you for taking the time to respond. :) i know you said you don’t have a lot of time to respond, so that was nice. (Also, what an awesome major!)
You have completely missed the point of what I was saying. This is why I never talk about my experiences in japan — because fucking idiotic white people like to use it as “proof” that “reverse racism” is real. It isn’t. Bringing up whether your professor was “upset” or not is completely irrelevant. He is so tied up in white supremacy that he can’t see how good he had it, and how blind he was to the experiences of others.
The fact that Japanese has a word meaning “foreigner” (spoiler alert: English has one too — I just used it) is *completely unrelated* to whether Japanese society is racist against all non-Japanese-passing people equally.
They show in the way they treat people that they discriminate against people of different races differently. It has a *lot* to do with how dark a person’s skin is — what’s that remind you of? Oh, hey. It’s white supremacy.
Coincidentally, in addition to “gaijin” (outside-person), which is apparently considered a slur, though it never really bugged me, the polite term is gaikokujin (outside-nation-person). (big difference, eh?) They also have a word for white people (hakujin) and black people (kokujin) and a polite term for white people (oubeijin — europe-america-person). Weirdly, there’s no polite term for black people. [/sarcasm]
Even without these separate terms (on the irrelevance of which, see Eskimo words for snow), it doesn’t stop people in Japan from saying “the Chinese who live in Japan are all criminals” or “those Africans are dangerous” or “all Thai people sell drugs”. There is nothing parallel that they say about white people.
And the situation regarding renting apartments and getting real jobs and having people in shops treat you like a competent human being/Japanese speaker has also improved much since I was there.
Don’t fucking use it as an example to say white people are subject to racism or people of color are racist. Unless you’re in a conversation solely about Japan, and have experience yourself, it’s totally irrelevant. Don’t cite your professor’s complaining and simplistic linking of language and culture to “prove” that Japan only distinguishes Japanese vs. foreign. It’s just not true. It’s naive and harmful.
And you don’t need to bring up Japan to show that people of color can be racist too. They just can’t be against white people. Part of white supremacy is that it encourages everyone to uphold it by oppressing anyone with even less privilege than themselves. But that’s not a conversation for white people to be having. So fuck off and don’t act nice like I’m backing you up here.
i really don’t even understand why people are getting so mad at me that they need to cuss at me or be rude. Seriously. i’m being civil.
i apologize that i’ve not been to Japan - what i gave was simply what i was told in my Anthropology class by my professor. i know that gaijin is a slur and that gaikokujin is the actual word. i know that in Japanese there are words for every nationality.
My point isn’t that people are racist against white people so “omg people of color can be racist!”. My point is that EVERYONE is racist. Even getting mad and saying that only white people are “truly” racist is a racist comment because you are placing the races on different levels.
i’m not here to say “oh we white people are SO OPPRESSED.” i’m just pointing out that everyone is so focused on racism only affecting PoC that they forget that it affects other people too, just in different ways. Regardless if the racism in Japan against white people isn’t as bad as the racism against Chinese, or Thai, or Black Americans, there is still racism against white people in Japan. It’s good that it’s getting better, that’s fantastic. But it still exists. Just like racism against Chinese people, or Thai people, or Black Americans exists there too. Just like racism against PoC in America. Just like racism against Gypsies in Europe. It’s still a thing, even if it manifests itself differently.
If people want to get rid of racism, they need to acknowledge that racism exists for every race of people. Even if it’s just when people say, “Only x race can be racist.”
The reason why I can’t take you seriously is because for someone who claims to be in college, you’re learning about racism the wrong way. But then again, you’re telling me about a handful of personal experiences that’s prejudice at best.
I am going to explain this in a matter that you’ll understand. And I’m going to put this in text since obviously you didn’t watch the video.
1. a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one’s own race is superior and has the right to rule others.
2. a policy, system of government, etc., based upon or fostering such a doctrine; discrimination.
3. hatred or intolerance of another race or other races.
When we talk about racism, we talk about the FIRST two definitions. It’s a system, a doctrine.
If you look at my FIRST post, you’ll see that a young, Black population on a small island was taught to be non-threatening to White people.
This is the “system” we’re talking about. From ever since I can remember, I was taught and groomed to be non-threaten. But basically, I was taught that my skin color, my heritage, my personality have to fall in line with the mainstream.
The mainstream is Whiteness. Black people are trained to speak two different languages (Dave Chapelle called it “job interview” and “Street”. It’s a joke, but it’s the truth). We can’t carry weapons to defend ourselves, even if we have a license for it. We have to act differently in front of cops, even if we’re innocent.
Do White people have to do this? No.
A White person using slang sounds “folky/cute/unique”. A Black person using it sounds “ghetto/trashy”. A White person can carry a firearm in certain states without a license and the chances of them getting look at twice isn’t high. Meantime, if I say “gun” at the wrong time, I get looked at funny. White people are never called “terrorist” if they mass shoot a school, they are not “stealing food” if they just so happened to get food from a store because it was hit by a hurricane, and if they steal too much, they are not thieves, but “kleptomaniacs”.
My deal here is to talk about race like an everyday subject so we can get to bigger issues, solve bigger problems that affect ALL races, including White people. Once you realize it’s a system at work, then that’s when the game changes.
What you’re doing is taking a word and saying it wrong.
We’re not saying that there is no such thing as hate towards White people. Everyone have the ability to be prejudice. What we’re saying is to stop trivializing the word “racist” and “racism” because it’s a problem.
Can Black people be racist towards other Black people? Yes, because they are saying that we need to please… YOU! THE WHITE POPULATION!
Check this example out:
A White man firing the Black woman because he’s got documented proof that she’s late 10 times in a row due to her not caring is not racist. That’s not what we’re talking about here.
What we’re talking about is the White man who fired the Black woman because her hair is “unacceptable” and “unprofessional”. We’re talking about a Black man who can’t pass the first job interview because he’s been arrested and spend time in jail ONCE for losing his ID while a White man who’s been a rapist gets a book deal.
This is why we’re saying WHITE PEOPLE CAN’T EXPERIENCE REVERSE RACISM.
The fact that you’re making up definitions and trivializing a system that is meant to rule things in your favor is a joke.
You think it’s cute to just pull up experiences from Japan and putting the odds to say anyone can experience racism.
Everyone can experience hate for their skin color. But this is MUCH bigger than that.
We. Are. Not. Equals. And unless you accept this fact, we will never be.
i’m not saying that we are equals. i know all about white privilege. i know that, where i grew up, i was looked at as safer because i was a small, white female, so i was less of a threat.
But i also know that where i grew up, slang was just slang. If you spoke ebonics, black or white or Hispanic or Asian, it didn’t matter, you were ghetto, and that was pretty much ok, considering i grew up with section 8 housing a quarter mile up the street one way and a half mile down the street the other. Considering that there were gangs in my school, backpacks were banned because people brought weapons, and, in my school, black or white didn’t matter once you hit high school because it was all about who you hung out with. The only racial separation in my school was the Hispanics because we LITERALLY had a faction of MS13 in my school. Other than that, we all mixed in, and either you were a nerd, a Juggalo/lette, a band kid, a stoner, a jock, or something else. Middle school was different. Middle school there was a gang of girls who saw fit to harrass all of the white girls and threaten them and attack them in the hallways. But once you hit highschool, it didn’t matter anymore. All that mattered was finding a job, or two, or three, finding a place to live, because a good chunk of us were homeless, and getting good grades so you could get the hell out of there.
Where i come from, you say gun, black or white, and you get looked at. People worry you have one, and that you will use it. Because it happens. A lot.
Where i come from, white or black, you have a gun, it’s a problem. Because no one had them for protection.
Where i come from, if you steal food, you stole it. And it was probably because you didn’t have any at home.
Where i come from, hell yes you have to worry if you get pulled over, even when you are white. i got harassed by the cops a lot. i got followed by the cops walking home from school with friends.
The cops where i grew up were crooked. They didn’t really do their jobs. Same with DFS.
You want people to not discount your personal experiences, and yet you call mine prejudice.
Blogs for POC get msgs like yours everyday. They get them irl as well as in url. If you understand racism so well stop policing/derailing POC and call out actual bigotry.
The response to racism is not the same as racism itself. Collectively agreeing that white people are privileged and rub that privilege in our faces daily (kinda like you’re doing now) will not amount to the type of racism black people face worldwide.
Japan’s history of closing off to outsiders is irrelevant to racism against black people. If anything they were avoiding the inevitable whitewashing that white colonialism spread across the globe like another one of your infectious plagues.
Whatever ill-treatment you have experienced is not directly comparable to centuries of anti-blackness in America and how it manifests for huge portions of America’s population today.
Do not not silence the voices of the marginalized by saying your life is not perfect either, bc on top of an imperfect life (which every human being has) you do not have the slightest idea what it is like to be told every waking minute by media, aquantances, your educational system, your nation’s justice system that you are inherently inferior to every other race on the fckin planet.
Stay home and do something useful for the world like washing your hands.
i’m not saying that white people aren’t privileged. i swear i feel like people aren’t reading what i’m saying. (PS, only one of the people taling to me was a PoC. The other was white…)
i get that everyone has an imperfect life. Point is, you can’t say you’re for equality if you aren’t actually for equality. It’s a falsity to sit there and go, “Yea, i’m for civil rights! i’m for equality of all races!” and then ignore it when white people face inequalities too just because they also have privilege. That’s like saying to a victim of sexual assault, “Well, you weren’t penetrated, so that’s not directly comparable to rape. We aren’t going to help your cause.” Or like saying to a person who was abused, “Well, you don’t have bruises, so we aren’t going to help you. You aren’t being abused enough.”
You help everyone who is facing a problem. EVERYONE. Even if one persons’ version of the problem is small.
(PS, side note, COMPLETELY unrelated, is your picture on your Tumblr Marvel’s Anita Blake?! O_O)
Nobody is ignoring you. They are telling you to stop whitewashing and appropriating the struggles of other groups of people to express your own struggles. It’s erasure and it’s happened enough already! On top of blaming marginalized people for the perpetuation of racism? Stop.
So, i talked with some professors of mine about this…
They said the issue is that we are talking past each other. i’m talking about localized issues, while you all are speaking on a global scale. i *am* worried about the global issue, but because of my unique experiences, i’m seeing problems that are apparently a minority issue within the problem as a whole. My view is just that we should fight to fix everything, not just the majority of it. i mean, hell, you can’t end a war unless you stop ALL of the battles, right? :)
This is my last reply. i just wanted to hopefully explain why this is happening. *shrugs*
(Again, a completely unrelated topic, but your posts on your Tumblr page don’t show up in full. i have to click “reblog” in order to read anything you say. :( i didn’t know if you were aware of this so i figured i would let you know.)
Bye now, and i hope you have a wonderful holiday,
*blinks and rubs forehead*
She hijacked the post, made it about her experience, then got professors to valid her talking points.
If this isn’t an example of why listening is more important than your own feelings, I don’t know what is.
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This is what happens when Fangirls get out in public lol
my favourite post ever
I haven’t posted anything original music in awhile, so here’s a dorky jazz piece I wrote for my girlfriend.
my mom has the same scarf
i love her hair who did it
Those are some very nice seats!
I wonder what track she’s on…. By the map behind her, I think she’s on the blue one.
I really love her choice in clothing omg
look at that cool artwork next to her on the window
oh I really like her tights they’re tealish green very pretty
I bet she’s going to the airport.
I don’t think brown chairs and brown floor was a good idea, they should have mixed the colours up a bit, added a splash of red maybe
I really like her skirt. It’s pretty.
DO NONE OF YOU NOTICE THE TRAIL OF BLOOD LEADING TO THE DEAD PEOPLE IN THE BACKGROUND? WHAT THE HECK IS WRONG WITH YOU ALL?!