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Black people cannot be racist, and here’s why

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Minorities cannot be racist. I’ll say it louder for the people in the back who did not hear me—minorities cannot be racist.

Racism is 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. That definition was not found on Tumblr or Buzzfeed, but good ole Merriam-Webster.

The system of racism begins with a race designating itself as superior to another. To carry out acts of racism, a race must have power and privilege. There has never been a time in American history when a race other than white has had power and privilege over another—especially in the case of African-Americans.

Now this is not to say that minorities cannot be prejudiced or practice discriminatory behaviors because they definitely can and have done so. Bigotry, the stubborn intolerance of any race, creed, belief or opinion different from one’s own, can be practiced by any race. As a part of a community that has experienced tremendous amounts of bigotry and racism to this day, it is important that we as African-Americans direct our anger and hurt at the institution of racism and not people.

People are not born with prejudice or racism. Harmful and hateful ideologies such as, “All black people lie, steal and kill,” have to be taught. I know it hurts when you see yet another act of police brutality against someone who looks like you.

I know how it feels to realize that our race makes up 38 percent of arrests for violent crimes even though we are only 12 percent of the population.

I know exactly how it feels to be pulled over just because you are black. African-Americans made up 42 percent of stops on the New Jersey turnpike, yet others claim we are being whiny when we bring up past and current discrimination.

I know how it feels to proclaim that “black lives matter” and have someone have the audacity to claim that “all lives matter,” as though I was implying they did not. I know it seems like we are at the bottom of the barrel or that we are no more important than the gum on a shoe, but that is not the case.

We are important. There are those out there raised on racist ideologies and beliefs that will try to put us down and tell us that our issues and our voices are not important. And they are 50 shades of wrong.

We must remember when faced with adversity that institutional racism is very much alive, but that does not mean that it cannot be overcome. We must remember not to let hate seep into our souls and corrupt us. We must be strong, and we must love.

How would it look for us to take on the characteristics—the hate—of our oppressors? Although we may not have the power or privilege to be racist, we do have the power to stand up for what is right.

Now it’s time to put that left fist up and get in formation.

 

 

The author has since written a column in response to comments made to this column. You can read it here.

139 COMMENTS

    • I cant be racist because my white privilege counter acts any chance that I could be racist. Thank God for white privilege and its racist blocking abilities .

    • I agree. Racism can come from everyone. Minorities are the most racist people I have ever met. Long story short, bring on the war already lets get this settled.

    • Omg I agree I am dual race and have worked with racist minorities.Ro minorities can’t be racist is why we have issues because double standard.. It s like all thr nonsense with police.. Guy has a gun a back ground and acted aggressive then its racist behavior against whites because that person black? Or what about all the racist behaviors alot Latinos deal with from blacks.. So they can be racist.. Just nonsense and until the I AM A victim NONSENSE ENDS IT WE WILL NEVER HAVE EQUALITY….. I personally left jobs due to reverse racist behavior and I AM NOT WHITE… Furthermore many minorities suffered and many minorities deal with racist behavior yet many time those who claim blacks csnt be racist is wrong… WHAT ABOUT ALL THE OTHER MINORITIES that deal with racist behavior many times because one race aggressively belive they have rights because they been victimized… I think in America if we all was more honest about this issue not being politically correct racist would stop… Saying that some one can call out a person if color when acting ignorantt because it would be considered racist behavior is WRONG PERIOD A ASSHOLE IS ASSHOLE IN ANY COLOR!!

      • Just because you can’t get past the 3rd paragraph or don’t understand the word, or do not want to understand the words; doesn’t mean that the reasoning wasn’t explained.

        Here’s the TLDR version for you: Racism, like any behavior is learned. So stop teaching it. The institution that teaches it is racist, not the people that are forced to learn racism from it. People perpetuate it.

        • It’s ignorant because she, like most “professional victims”, is completely ignoring the true definition of racism and making up her own.

          Umm, that is NOT how the English language works. You can’t just decide to change the literal definition of something because you don’t like it.

          • “It’s ignorant because she, like most “professional victims”, is completely ignoring the true definition of racism and making up her own.” – Yeah that’s the complaint I have about the article. You don’t get to change the definition of words on a whim to meet your narrative and your stance on a situation. That create false equivalencies. Racism is a form of prejudice based on race. They are not mutually exclusive terms.

            But the part about how racism starts to occur, is pretty much on point. It’s learned behavior.

          • The English language works like every other language in the world in the sense that the meaning of its words can and do change over time. If youre in denial of that may want to consider removing “ignorant” when directed at others from your lexicon so as to avoid being a hypocrite.

            In academic circles the distinction between Racism and Bigotry has existed as described in the article above for quite some time. And not just by minorities.

          • Bigotry is an umbrella term…. racism is a type of bigotry based on race.
            It is not a hard concept to grasp, just over privileged idiots wish to play victim and make excuses for their own racism under the guise that they are exempt from it.

            STOP MAKING EXCUSES FOR YOUR OWN RACISM!

          • You see….that’s exactly the problem with you “whites” or whatsoever you say you are…..She mentioned her source for the definition she gave. If you had nothing to, you should have remained silent, rather than seeking to desperately express your prejudice.

        • All the post was whining about how they have “stats” that black people are being “mistreated” and they have no institutional power. Therefore black people can’t be racist but prejudice. that wasn’t helpful at all!
          And no one is mistreating you!!!! No sane person is teaches about how black people are thieves!

        • In our modern day society, blacks, are the ones teaching racism. Not saying they are all this way, but by them holding onto such hate, entitlement, and self-pity they cause other races(not just whites) to look down on them. The article is correct in stating racism is taught, so now its time for black American’s to show America they can do many great things.

        • Well there really is an extremely important problem with the definitions, hypothesis, inferences, and suggestions or “prescriptions” she laid out, and I’m not even talking about her claims and views. I’m sure we could everyone could argue their case for and against what she said all day long but one thing I noticed when I was reading it was say I was too 100% agree with her opening statement on what racism is, who can do it, why they can and others can’t, ect…Well even if I was reading this and felt totally in sync with all of those ideas it doesn’t go anywhere because after laying out some ideas and charges I would hope someone wouldn’t just thow out casually, she then doesn’t seem to be able to point to the any specific tangible person, place, or even specific injustice for anyone to go to and say something to or do something about. Again, as has happened so often recently, after the accusation part of the speech there’s not a person, or group, or event, or even a literal INSTITUTION named and explained with facts and reasons that people could then out to use to fight against it/them/? Just the omnipresent, intangible, never defined “Institutional Racism”. And while I certainly have no complaint for a person calling for love and not hate, if this institutional racism could be pointed out and shown and proved for everyone else to see like the writer feels she does then we wouldn’t all have to tip toe around with the fluff words and slogans because instead we could just directly and with use the law to as it’s written against said person, place, or specific event. And if someone can’t point out or even name something they’re claiming to be so pervasive, well then maybe they need to take a minute to consider why they can’t find the thing they say is everywhere….

    • They didn’t explain shit here ….. the author is either ignorant or blatantly lying about aspects and skewing their own bias to try and make a point.

      Truth of the matter is any person of any color can be a racist. The definition of a racist is as follows: “a person who shows or feels discrimination or prejudice against people of other races, or who believes that a particular race is superior to another” …… this ‘person’ can be of any color. There is no limit on who can or cannot be a racist.

      In 2017 there are more black racists than white by percentage. A very (very!) generalization of this representation would be that somewhere between 25% – 40% of white people might be racist, yet 50% – 80% of blacks might be racist. It’s evident in every day life now. You see it on TV, you read it online, you hear it on the radio. Ever hear of ‘Black Lives Matter’? FFS, this statement alone is extremely racist. Might as well raise a fist and yell ‘black power’ or give a salute and yell ‘white power’! Its incredibly offensive and brutally obvious what its intent is. Black lives mean more than anyone else so white people don’t you dare think about killing a black person. Never you mind the fact that many of the police shootings on blacks recently were life or death situations that the black man initiated and, if the cop in question did nothing, would have died themselves. Never you mind that the majority of blacks murders in the US are a result of black on black crime. Nope – instead we hate white people and only black lives matter. What a fucking stupid thing for blacks to ever have said.

      I was raised in a good home, with good values, and without racism. Throughout my 40+ years now on this earth, much of what I have witnessed by way of racism is centered around black peoples hate for white people. Its very sad and makes me sick. I wish no one any ill will, yet I know that, in a situation where I may be surrounded by a predominantly black part of town, I am not welcome, nor liked, and could be attacked simply for the color of my skin.

      • Racism is 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
        “I know that, in a situation where I may be surrounded by a predominantly black part of town, I am not welcome, nor liked, and could be attacked simply for the color of my skin.”

  1. I hope you’re not a graduate student or someone who has graduated because if so the education system has failed you. To make the claim that only white people can be racist is flat out wrong. Black people as well as Hispanic people use derogatory terms to describe white people everyday but that isn’t racist? You are looking solely into the denotiative meaning and failed to bring into account the connotative meaning. If you would have done a little bit of reserch you would have found that meaning to be more along the lines of anything that is used as a demeaning manner to institute one race as superior/inferior to another. So using racial slur from a black to a white conveys the same message as a slur from white to black they are both used in a demeaning manner to establish superiority over the other race and make them feel inferior. You do not have to have wealth nor privilege to be able to spout out racial slurs and commit acts of violence towards another race.It has been said before and it will be said again all lives matter not just black ones. Anyone who is a victim of a racially charged act deserves the same respect regardless of race. Honeslty writing a racially charged misinformed article on a paper that is semi-affiliated with the university is atrocious we do not need people at the Star writing derogatory articles about certain groups! (i.e.the one about the Greek Community which accumulated in a a ton of backlash and ultimately was deleted) also you contradicted yourself in the middle of your column

  2. I found this piece to be thought-provoking but flawed in several ways. For one, the current Merriam-Webster definition of racism (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/racism) is actually not the one you have included in your article. But seeing as your piece is based off of that definition, I’d like to offer some quick and loose counter-points for thought.

    1. You have created as a prerequisite for racism that in order to be racist, the race of a person must be a race with power and privilege, which is unsupported by the rest of your article.

    2. You mention that there has never been a time in american history where the white race has not been the privileged race. You seem to be forgetting the thousands of years before Europeans invaded America, which still counts as american history. I’ll assume you meant pre-invasion. Otherwise you’d be engaging in erasure of the non-white history of North America pre-European invasion. Which would be a pretty racist thing to do.

    3. The click-bait-esque title “Black people cannot be racist, and here’s why” seems to rely on a racist assumption that nowhere in the world are black people the race of privilege and power. Which isn’t true. Perhaps, to be better aligned with your argument that being a minority makes you infallible to racism, you should change it to black people in america.

    4. Also, going with the “logic” of infallibility to racism due to a minority status, how does that apply to minority-on-minority racism?

    Someone saying “I can’t be racist because I’m…” seems to be the kind of thinking that leads to institutional racism to begin with. So many white people claim to “not see color,” and then go on to practice racist acts because they aren’t checking themselves. Whether it’s accidental or purposeful, it’s still racist. People believing themselves infallible to being racist is one of the main things keeping institutional racism alive.

    So, cause my lunch hour is almost up, I’ll close with this. I think all races are capable of racism, to argue otherwise is racist itself. The thing is, black people being racist in the US isn’t what needs to be addressed, and it isn’t what is maintaining systemic institutional racism. Racism from white people in the US is the problem. Whether other races “can be racist” is an argument in semantics and will only postpone real change.

    • Shut the fuck up! You are such an idiot. Dropped out of school when you were 8 or something. This article is not racist and whoever wrote this is intelligent. You can stop writing your nasty comments, she does NOT have to stop writing because of your beliefs.

      • Alyssa, you, like the author, either doesn’t know how to read or you are just too lazy to pick up a dictionary.

        Then again, you probably have actually read the definition of racism but for some strange reason you have the “special snowflake” disease and think you can just change the definition of a word in order to suit your retarded, childish and down right moronic agenda.

        You do realize that having a career as a professional victim will get you nowhere, right? Grow up.

      • Hell yea whoever wrote this is clearly, clearly living in a bubble (false reality) just because you are pulled over, is not discrimination. “Idiot.” Blacks keep playing victim, and all the other races are tired of it…Even the blacks that work for a living can’t stand it because it ruins their image, it’s pathetic liberals that keep blacks oppressed..Blacks need to take responsibility, quit playing the pussy black victim hood mentality “fend for themselves” not cost others a burden and tax dollars and make up most of the violent crime in America, it’s gotten old, and now people of all races blow it off and just say “blah blacks always complain and play victim regardless of the scenario..” so black race is killing itself off, just look at Africa…And btw, whites were slaves to, and seeing as how you could be granted freedom in America for working for 3 to 5 years, seems like a pretty damn good deal, ask any illegal or refugees…Blacks need to stop taking everything for granted, and contribute back to America something else besides violence, drugs, and just overall ignorant burdens. Self responsibility is key. PS: if you can’t afford kids, then you should simply not be allowed to have them, it is selfish to just spit out kids for an income (which is in every poor neighborhood that blacks are the majority in)

      • NO the article is racist she even set up and twisted the definition of racist to be defined so that only a particular group “whites” can be the racists ..that is a racist thing to do ..she then builds off of that ..

        I would say she needs to find another thing to devout her time to writing or shall i say writing the truth is not in her blood!

        I think that you too are racist by your response you jump on it like you HAVE to believe blacks should be allowed to think and say what they want about whites and be able to get away with it without being called what you are ..a RACIST!

      • You are such an intelligent lady, your mother must be so proud! You can even spell “FUCK” correctly!. You must have a doctorate in African Studies. I’ll bet your children are just like you since they are raised with white hatred.

  3. Wow, it looks like the University Star has officially hit a new low. The kind of logic that you use Mikala is ridiculous. You even use statistics to show the disproportionate amount of crime black people commit, but yet someone think this is a good argument to use as to why black people deserve more respect? The whole point of the article is to say “black people can’t be racist” but then go on to say “Now this is not to say that minorities cannot be prejudiced or practice discriminatory behaviors because they definitely can and have done so” You’re literally contradicting yourself. Click-bait title intended to do nothing but piss people off instead of creating a logical argument.

    • Well, I disagree with the author, too. I know that black people can be racist. I live in New York and have been threatened by blacks who call me vile racist things. You don’t need an economic or political system to express racism. Weapons as simple as fists will do.

      The boy I loved more than live itself who was savagely mauled in Central Park by two black males who made it quite clear that they were trying to kill him because he was white certainly knew that.

      White racism is indeed a serious problem in this country. But that doesn’t mean that only whites can be racist.

      I suspect that most people, upon hearing Louis Ferrakhan say that all white people need to be killed would see that as racist. Don’t you?

    • Exactly. This further shows how uneducated, how mis-educated, ignorant white racist people are in this world. I bet if not all, most of these comments are from white people. You will come across some academically challenged Africans who will side with these racists as well. Black White Supremacist which are the most dangerous kinds of white supremacists.

    • does not confirm that whites are the only ones that can be racist .. but after a few years of black lives matter and cop killings ..plus race baiting and pointing at whites .. then having a moron racist bitch saying minorities cannot be racist ..ya gees you think maybe whites are getting to the point that we are tired of this shit?

      We work come home try to afford our apartments and food ..only to see every other change of a channel or only tweet or facebook timeline post . with .. BLM this or farakahan that ..or some racist group that cannot now be called racist to this bimbo .. lol ..

      then to see shona stating how this vile writer confirmed it? ..please she told a lie and it upset people that are tired of the damn narrative and are pissed off and blowing off steam ..IF american whites where really so racist not one black person would be in office ..obama would never have had a prayer either .. do you think a minorities could over come the majority white votes NO WAY ..large amounts of whites voted for him .. its so dumb for this stirring up of trouble .. when the common white on the street is thinking about how he is going to pay for rent ..not oh the color of someones skin .

      so point up the chain at the ones that deserve it cuz its not the common white folks that do but it is them that helped during the civil war 620000 bled to death over it.

  4. Her mistake is this: anybody of any color or culture can be racist against a different color or culture. Black people can absolutely be racist and some of them are, just as some white people are racist and some Asians are racist, etc. The point she’s trying to make is that there’s no such thing as institutional black supremacy, when there is such a thing as institutional white supremacy. However she makes this point poorly and with silly ad hoc reasoning and her article suffers.

  5. How grossly ignorant. University has turned into indoctrinational institutions. … enjoy your job search with that oh so valuable liberal arts degree hahaha!

  6. You’re CORRECT. Some are also correct she didn’t learn about Racism White Supremacy as a system in school she learned it from YOU. Racism White Supremacy as a system is maintained because of the manipulation, deception and lies. How can black people discriminate systematically against white people globally?
    Who creates or produces white privilege for white people?

    • No she ‘s not. Black Muslims are equally as racist as racist White people. And on judgment day God will hold ALL of them accountable. There’s no reason for human beings not to get along with other human beings. ALL White people are not racist and ALL Black people are not harmonious. There’s NO EXCUSE in the world for NOT practicing racial harmony. Satan is my enemy, not my fellow man. It is he who is responsible for all this hatred as he’s out to divide and conquer. All of HUMANITY needs to stick together and fight against HIM, not each other. People need to support people more instead of standing behind racial color lines. Time out for all the nonsense.

    • Please explain to me the privilleges that whites have that blacks dont. Why is it that when whites critize something a black person says he/she is then racist. But not the other way around? Telling a person hes racist because he doesnt agree with what a black person says is racist towards whites. You imply hes critizing her just because shes black. When hes just critizing her views. Also in before people start calling me racist for writing this. Lmao this is what the world has come to.. my god people like you are ignorant.

      • I’m sure this is not what you are inferring at all but purely based on your choice of wording, you made a distinction between “black people” and the much more general and slightly dehumanizing “whites”. I understand where you were going with this comment, but please think about if it said “white people” and “blacks”. It’s implying that white people only boil down to the amount of melanin in their skin and not the fact that they are human FIRST. Please think about the implications and the possible interpretations of your wording.

  7. People who hate and discriminate against other people CAN be racist and ARE racist. Being a minority does not give you a free pass of exclusion. If you hate other non-Black people, refuse to interact with them and intentionally segregate yourself in a non Jim Crow era, you ARE racist. As a mixed race Black person I am so tired of some of US doing our level best to get away with it. Jesus died for the forgiveness of sins for ALL and is rich unto ALL who call upon His name. God hates division, so instead of looking for excuses to DIVIDE, EVERY race needs to come together, STAY together and support each other as HUMAN BEINGS instead of being focused on what “your ancestors did to my ancestors” 2000 years ago. I’m not racist, I’ve never been racist, I’ll never be racist and I don’t care. Whatever your skin color, this mixed race hodgepodge LOVES you and considers you my brother!!!! Stop the madness.

  8. Mikala
    “White” is not a “race”

    I think it would be very interesting to see all of you take a Family Tree DNA Test.

    Is someone “white” if they have “white” blood? Is someone “black” if they have “black” blood? Does the person decide what race they are? President Obama says he is an African America, yet he has both the DNA of a Black and a White man. He says he is a “Black” man. What is Black? What is White?

    I ask you, am I a Back man or am I a White man? Can you tell by what I have written? And, does it truly matter?

    Try this link to decide who you are. When you get the results, you may be very surprised.

    https://www.familytreedna.com/dna-test-kit.aspx

  9. So, I’m the last of my family to qualify to Cherokee, making me a minority. Then I’m not racist saying this is the most racist article I’ve read in quite a while…

  10. Sorry but to say white people can’t be the victims of racism by other races is racist in and of itself. Not all whites are born with a silver spoon, ANYONE of ANY race can suffer from poverty, poverty knows no race. All lives matter, we should not and cannot focus on just one group when everyone needs help. Yes black lIves matter, but whites lives matter too same for every other race, people of every race are suffering not just blacks and not blacks more than others it’s selfish to say one race suffers more than all the rest.

  11. Funny how blacks who claim they’re oppressed and suffer from racism by whites are racist towards whites. The racial roles have flipped whites are now the victims of racism by minorities not whites being racist you can disagree but look around you wake up

  12. Great article! Those of you who claim that the author is racist have completely missed the entire point. If you are students you should ask for a refund on your tuition because there is no hope for you.

  13. Racism is discrimination based on race (by any race)

    by saying you can not be racist against whites, you yourself are being racist.

    I speak Vietnamese and a decent amount of Mandarin, as well as a basic understanding of Spanish…. oh and English…. I can confidently say that no understanding of the meaning of racism differs from that definition. I dare you to find a language where it is different.

    You are just a despicable person trying to justify your own racial biases!
    Have I experienced racism from white people, Yes! But even then most was not so much “racist” as it would be ignorance of other cultures.
    But I have experienced just as much from Black people. Hispanics are not free either!
    Also even in Asian communities, there is a lot of racism. (Even among other Asians)

    Everyone needs to be held accountable for their own actions, and their actions only!

  14. Mikala,

    I found the following while considering the points made in your article. Maybe this fills in the idea behind your statement “minorities can’t be racist”?

    “All white individuals in our society are racists. Even if a white is totally free
    from all conscious racial prejudices, he remains a racist, for he receives
    benefits distributed by a white racist society through its institutions. Our
    institutional and cultural processes are so arranged as to automatically benefit
    whites, just because they are white.
    “It is essential for whites for whites to recognized that they receive most of
    these racist benefits automatically, unconsciously, unintentionally.”
    –from EDUCATION & RACISM, National Education Association. 1973

    I applaud your honest admission that, if not de facto racism, bigotry and other bad behaviors are exhibited by persons of all races and/or ethnicity. Setting aside that fact that the clenched fist has for millennia been a potent symbol of very specific meaning to arguably dangerous organizations worldwide, what are you raising your fist to fight for? Are you claiming self-respect? Is this a call for social justice. Is this a call to revolution? Is it about equality or changing the balance of power. I get that the goal is to change institutions, but violence and oppression follow that particular symbol everywhere it goes.

    I’m no scholar, and yeah, I’m Caucasian, so i cant possibly understand the experience of the dark complected human. I have daughters and i see the injustice of gender, but that doesn’t really compare to the “struggle”. But, maybe i can imagine… maybe.

    If one is (or at least attains to be) the person described above, what then? Are they of no value? Can they no longer be be not judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character? Are they to be subjugated, or oppressed, or destroyed? You said this wasn’t about hurting people, but that is the very predictable outcome. Angry people are a turn off no matter what color their skin is. Nobody of any skin color likes to be around them, right. Does your movement want justice or blood? Personally, i don’t believe humans can effect a solution satisfactory for everyone.

    This may be an over-simplification, but if all humans are equal, it wasn’t any institution that made that true. Isn’t it a natural Law, like gravity. Instead of begging or killing for a seat at the table, wouldn’t it be more productive to just build your own table?

  15. “Racism is 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. That definition was not found on Tumblr or Buzzfeed, but good ole Merriam-Webster.”

    Wrong. Merriam-Webster’s definition said nothing about “all members”. You twisted the actual words.

    “a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race”

    Nowhere is “all members” said in the definition. You pretty much rewrote the definition to fit the way you wanted it.

    And this part…

    “The system of racism begins with a race designating itself as superior to another. To carry out acts of racism, a race must have power and privilege. There has never been a time in American history when a race other than white has had power and privilege over another—especially in the case of African-Americans.”

    Now you just make stuff up. A person does not need to have power or privilege to be a racist. That is the whole basis of your argument which is totally false.

    What this does show is how ridiculous colleges are becoming when they produce articles like this. Only a brainwashed liberal SJW would believe any of this tripe.

  16. I remember when I was in high school some African American teens who were involved in instigating a riot at a football game were expelled. 5 days later Jesse Jackson and the Rainbow Push coalition showed up as stated yelling racism in every street corner. Even though the punishment was fair and justified, they were forced to allow them back in due to public pressure. You’re wrong when you say minorities dont have power or privilege. All it takes is one person yelling racism and they have all the power they need, regardless of the truth. Anytime you support the agenda of a single race instead of equality for all, you’re a racist.

  17. Of course Blacks can be racist, just as any other race of people on this old planet can be. Whether they be White, Oriental, Native American, Hispanic, Pacific Islander, or whatever, every person is capable of racism, and anyone who claims otherwise only reinforces the fact that they are indeed, racist. All this hogwash about minorities not being capable of racism and that only “whites” are capable of it is racist in and of itself.

  18. Just curious, do most colleges now commonly accept ignoring text book definitions of words and allow Liberal Arts teachers and professional victim students to change the definition of any word they choose in order to fit their ridiculous agenda?

    You are literally completely changing the definition of the word racism to something it isn’t. If you need to refresh your memory I highly recommend you get your dictionary out and READ IT.

  19. Lmmfao!

    Black people can’t be racist? Are you retarded? Do you know what racism even is?

    Its 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.

    Nothing there prevents blacks from being included in that. I’ve experienced racism from black people. RACISM. IT EXISTS AGAINST OTHER RACES BESIDES JUST BLACK.

    Yes, there are black people that ARE RACIST. Ya see it every day in these good ol United States.

    Quit being so damned ignorant. Blacks can be/are just as racist as any other race. THEY PROVE IT EVERY DAY.

    Their response to “ALL lives matter” just proves my point.

  20. The point of the article: Institutionalized racism is real and only comes from positions of power.
    The point being made in the comments: white people have been made fun of before.

    1) Anybody can use slurs and anyone can have prejudices used against them.
    2) White people do not face the racism of being profiled, pulled over, arrested and convicted at higher rates, their children being tried as adults at 18 times the rates of others. (Yes, African American children are tried as adults 18 times more than white children). Lets not forget that white people do not get gunned down as African Americans do.
    3) When white people commit crimes, they are taken into prison alive and treated better. When African Americans commit crimes, they are shot or brought into prison and do not receive the treatment that white people do in court.
    4) When was the last time a white person was shot when they were unarmed?

    If you think that slurs are the only form of racism important enough to make a stink about in the comments section, you need to do a bit more research/listening. I am truly sorry if you have experienced racism. I am not sorry that you don’t understand that you and I both experience white privilege.

  21. This article is by far the most stupid and racist article I have personally read. This is racism coming from a black woman who has the reasoning of a 7 year old. Anyone regardless of ethnicity can be a racist, anyone who agrees with this womans article is profoundly stupid and was most likely raised to hate other people while thinking their race is better than any other given race.

  22. I mean, really! I’ve heard this crap for over 10 years. Why are you further defining a term to single out a group of people? So you can point your finger at them and say “I told you so?” If equality is really your goal then stop writing garbage like this. I have to be perfectly honest, when I read articles like this one I am encouraged to be racist. However I do not respond in kind because I know better and I do not want to stoop to the writer’s level. As evidenced by the responses, your article is racially divisive in nature and, in my book, anything that is racially divisive is racist. My point? You are racist, not me. You have the problem, not me. You need to get over it so you can work side by side with “whitey” and not have a chip on your shoulder. Pull your head out of your ass and grow up!

  23. This author is ignorant. In the first sentence it’s set out that racism is a “feeling.” Nothing – and I repeat for the people in the back of the room – NOTHING – is required for anyone to have a feeling other than to be a living being with an active brain stem.

  24. hahahah… How did I know this was written by a Black woman before even looking at it… Gee I wonder.. Get over it! its 2016 there are just as many racist black men and women out there in ratio as whites. I have met both sides of racism on the white side and black side. Also my granddad, his grand dad, my dad nor me owned slaves so I do not owe you blacks anything. And even if we did none of you are alive or suffered from it. You have same hours in day as I do, Same opportunities as I do, you just choose to put any blame you can to make excuses and a majority of people blacks included are sick and tired of hearing the excuses. You people need to listen to Tommy Sotomayor little more, he explains perfectly why your race has a bad view by many of the other races out there. Not all blacks are bad but there is a reason you guys are holding onto the race card. Start fending for yourselves and get off the white peoples backs. WE are tired of carrying the burden for those who do not want to fend for themselves and make them and their race a better race.

  25. Classic example of the average black america’s victim mindset. They can only be victims. They never do anything wrong. If a police officer even SPEAKS to them then they are “driving while black” or “shopping while black”, case closed.

  26. Your writing implies that whites think of blacks like subhuman life forms. That, in itself, is prejudicial. You are judging all whites in this way and it is not true.

  27. This is about as good as any of Trumps fake news from Russian hackers. I asked several of my friends who don’t happen to be white if they think people of there heritage are racist. The answers I got were bascially “OMFG you have no idea how racist they are!” So there you have it. Anyone can discriminate against anyone for whatever reason, because, as we all know, there is no scientific biological empirical basis for race. It’s a social construct. It’s just something someone things, that’s all it is. And as we know ideas can be changed. So rather than dividing people into black and white, and hating whites because well they’re just not as good as coloured people why don’t we realize we’ve all been had, and hang up the race card once and for all. We should be working together to overthrow capitalism and end religious hate and violence, not screaming about your skin colour and some micro aggression (which is just psychological abuse with a trendy label for the hip).

  28. I think you may be indulging in a normal state of emotional, and intellectual awareness Called said denial. When we face a hard truth in our lives, a traumatic truth, we often turn to denial. As you’ve grown and matured emotionally and intellectually, you’ve come to realize the unhealthiness in people who you trusted and felt safe in, you are having to face the reality/knowledge of their own abusive racist acts against a pigment group you saw as the source of racism in the world. Martin Luther King Jr. gently and attentively addressed that although one pigment group held more power, both sides had to nullify their racism against one another. As racism is an ancient global problem, and all pigment groups are responsible for such abusive habitual behaviors that need to be addressed by all pigment groups despite how much power they appear to the other to have.

  29. This article is so stupid, it’s clear that this person doesn’t know anything about history, besides of what people in today’s society have told her. (Whites stole blacks from
    Africa) Has she heard about the Slave Trade?

  30. Whites have a legacy of working prosperous societies while black have a history of genitalia mutilations.
    Africa is not 1 % more developed than it was 3000 years ago and all the black people want to go into white countries beacose of the good life, working law system, etc.
    Whites are a minority in this world ( i believe its only 3%) and while that are very few compared to other races, they ruled the world for millennia. Their strong sense of honor, discipline and technological skills placed them in front of everyone else. Today blacks ( not all of them, some are very intelligent) are arrogant and spoon-fed by white people invented taxation system. They envy the white man superiority instead of learning from it.
    They all have smartphones(invented by whites) in the hands and openly hate the very people who invented everything around them while expecting all the good life provided by the white society who adopted them and gave them the same rights as evrione. They are so full of envy that they cannot even understand that even the toilet they are taking a dump on is invented by whites

    • Unless you are an African- American living in America, you will never understand what African-American citizens, actually citizens of color, have to go thorough each day. I agree with her solely that racism will always be a problem in this country, even though its not blatant to all of you readers who disagree with the author. She’s not making this up, and her facts are backed by many scholars and Ph.D professors who live for their research on the evolution of racism since the establishment of our “great country”. One source, you guys should check out is Michelle Alexander’s book called “The New Jim Crow” which gives you a detailed account on how racism was the direct root to the evolution of slavery into what is known today as Mass Incarceration, and to you pricu, I think you need to take an African American studies course and an Intro to Anthropology course so that you may be enlightened on the many negative influences that Europeans have inflicted on Africans and those of African descent, because it is generational thinking that has lead you to your many assumption that you have about Blacks. Oh and by the way don’t call African-Americans blacks, because that is the equivalent of calling US Niggers, it’s a sign of disrespect. And if you haven’t guessed it by now, I am African-American. Stay woke guys and remember, most history books are written by bigots who don’t want you to know the truth.

      • African-American citizens go through what they put out into their own cities ..thousands of deaths by their own kind . Yet point to white police as the bad guys . The crime rates are through the roof .. any black children that want to do good in school are harrassed and accused of uncle tom and the likes they persecuit them right out of wanting to good in school and get a good job!.

        The Black mothers kick out the fathers and end up on the system. this sets the family up for a bad ride and more stereo types .. I would say that 90 percent easy is on African – Americans now .

        maybe the system from long ago that was in place set this up ..but now that system is done what is left is the effect of that system and its time to GROW UP and stop pointing ! clean up your damn neighborhoods decipline you children to stop bullying the others that want to succeed …

        there is so so much wrong that can be fixed by the blacks its amazing seriously ..even them screaming higher sentencing for same crimes .. is because they will not RAT on each other ..the police nor courts can not cut a deal because the criminal knows no one is a witness to point so he takes his chances and if found guilty gets the highest punishment!! ..

        omg .. like seriously the list is huge but oh my dont look .the down fall has to be whiteys fault!! sick of the race baiting ..My son is BLACK hes doing great!!1 why because I wont and did not allow a damn pity party to grow id id not say ya you are right the system is against you ..

        you have any idea the scars that can be left by stupid assed comments like that?!! . and presto hes got a good job and a great life! .. imagine that! wake the hell up get your heads out of your racist asses and push for a good life its hard in many neighborhoods because of the PEOPLE in them not because of some cloud of doom by whitey hanging over your heads!

  31. “I know how it feels to realize that our race makes up 38 percent of arrests for violent crimes even though we are only 12 percent of the population.”

    So are you saying black people should stop committing violent crimes or that they should stop being arrested for violent crimes?

  32. Black people, are the inferior race, the majority doesnt work, is a “burden” on every other race…they sit at home and cry racism, meanwhile they have more freebies/benefits than every other race combined.. from test scores, to government aid…to affirmative action, they have way more “freebies” if liberals like (the idiot that wrote this article who was clearly not white, and if is white should be knocked in the head a few times for being such a dumbass) would start seeing reality for what it is, then maybe things can get done…but without blacks being able to claim victim, they would need the same test scores etc…We should equalize the playing field so all races are equal…then blacks can cry about how they refuse to take personal accountability/responsibility for their own actions, 2017 is going to be a good year Trump is gonna make the liberals cry all year 😀

  33. This is a very strange column. It seems the crux of your argument is one over semantics (“racism” vs “bigotry”, even though the former is a subset of the latter), but your key point is built upon an amendment to the definition of racism (‘carried out by a race with power and privilege’) which seems to be unique and is not cited by any authoritative dictionaries that I can find. I’m fairly certain you were probably aware that there is not presently a consensus on the validity of that additional part of the definition and deliberately tried to invoke heated controversy by building your argument on it, and it seems to have worked. I think it’s a real shame you chose that approach though because I think it detracts from some good points by, again, tempting people to focus primarily on the issue of semantics rather than the issue of actual racism (or bigotry, if you prefer). It did bring some genuine, full-blown white supremacists out in this comments section though and reading their thoughts should be a harrowing reminder to anyone that racism is alive and well.

  34. The word “slave” was derived from Slav as many Slavs (white people) were sold into slavery in roman times. In the original meaning this word did not have anything to do with American or British colonialism. This word was just adopted in XVIII and surrounding centuries for black – white relations. The colonial slavery gave birth to the notion of racism, a system with white supremacy. This does not bring justice to non-colonial white ethnic groups, e.g., Slavs. As a result they are discriminated by both American white and black populations.

    • Mary, the word Slava means “Glory” in Slavic languages, Slavic means ”The Glorious one”. Why would Slavic tribe name itself by using different language, that makes no sense. Not every word is derived from English or Latin, and your arguments are not valid. And yes, Slavic people do not share same colonial history with west Europeans, so they cannot share the guilt.

  35. Shazbot and Nanu-Nanu ,

    This article is Oblivious Guilt Slinging .

    Shazbot and Nanu-Nanu .

    “He Who Fights Monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster. And when you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.”
    — Friedrich Nietzsche, Jenseits von Gut und Böse

    “Come away, O human child! To the waters and the wild! With a fairy, hand in hand, for the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand.”
    The Stolen Child, by William Butler Yeats

    “It’s difficult in times like these: ideals, dreams and cherished hopes rise within us, only to be crushed by grim reality. It’s a wonder I haven’t abandoned all my ideals, they seem so absurd and impractical. Yet I cling to them because I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart.”
    — The Diary of Anne Frank

    A Brown Note is a sensory input that is inherently harmful. Exactly how it works is left up to the imagination of the writer. In older works, especially the classic myths that codified the trope, this was almost always supernatural, typically a curse or strange spell. More modern or “grounded” works will try to pass it off as psychological or even “memetic”.
    Named for the urban legend about an audio tone that, when played, causes the listener to lose control of their bowels and spontaneously defecate

  36. Is the comments section closed due to the age of the article , comments that don’t fall in lock-step agreement with the author or something a simple as not being of a liberal mind ?

    Landed on this article by searching for another topic and tried to comment without success.

    If opposing view-points aren’t welcome please remove the reply option and replace it with an icon for the readers /viewers that will sing the author’s praises without any independent views.

  37. So, if you have to talk someone into mind control, what’s the point of using magic or high tech at all? Creating illusions can help make your case. Isolation is key, so magically cutting them off from support is effective. Maybe science or sorcery is just needed to accelerate the effects. In extreme cases, outright Mind Rape is utilized. This type of brainwashing, called Stockholm Syndrome in the real world, supposedly requires a minimum of 72 hours, but with a sci-fi or sorceress catalyst, it can be achieved in less than 72 seconds.

    Also, it can overlap directly with actual mind control. In many instances, More Than Mind Control is simply a method of making the process of the takeover easier, because by removing their resistance to your ideas, you remove the struggle in taking control of their thoughts. By having them submit to you, they essentially hand their free will over to you, making your spell or device much more effective on them. It also makes it harder for them to revert, because they now have an active resistance towards their own original beliefs.

    This article is Oblivious Guilt Slinging .

    “He Who Fights Monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster. And when you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.”
    — Friedrich Nietzsche, Jenseits von Gut und Böse

    “Come away, O human child! To the waters and the wild! With a fairy, hand in hand, for the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand.”
    The Stolen Child, by William Butler Yeats

    “It’s difficult in times like these: ideals, dreams and cherished hopes rise within us, only to be crushed by grim reality. It’s a wonder I haven’t abandoned all my ideals, they seem so absurd and impractical. Yet I cling to them because I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart.”
    — The Diary of Anne Frank

    A Brown Note is a sensory input that is inherently harmful. Exactly how it works is left up to the imagination of the writer. In older works, especially the classic myths that codified the trope, this was almost always supernatural, typically a curse or strange spell. More modern or “grounded” works will try to pass it off as psychological or even “memetic”.
    Named for the urban legend about an audio tone that, when played, causes the listener to lose control of their bowels and spontaneously defecate

  38. This article is Oblivious Guilt Slinging .

    “He Who Fights Monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster. And when you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.”
    — Friedrich Nietzsche, Jenseits von Gut und Böse

    “Come away, O human child! To the waters and the wild! With a fairy, hand in hand, for the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand.”
    The Stolen Child, by William Butler Yeats

    “It’s difficult in times like these: ideals, dreams and cherished hopes rise within us, only to be crushed by grim reality. It’s a wonder I haven’t abandoned all my ideals, they seem so absurd and impractical. Yet I cling to them because I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart.”

    — The Diary of Anne FrankSo, if you have to talk someone into mind control, what’s the point of using magic or high tech at all? Creating illusions can help make your case. Isolation is key, so magically cutting them off from support is effective. Maybe science or sorcery is just needed to accelerate the effects. In extreme cases, outright Mind Rape is utilized. This type of brainwashing, called Stockholm Syndrome in the real world, supposedly requires a minimum of 72 hours, but with a sci-fi or sorceress catalyst, it can be achieved in less than 72 seconds.
    Also, it can overlap directly with actual mind control. In many instances, More Than Mind Control is simply a method of making the process of the takeover easier, because by removing their resistance to your ideas, you remove the struggle in taking control of their thoughts. By having them submit to you, they essentially hand their free will over to you, making your spell or device much more effective on them. It also makes it harder for them to revert, because they now have an active resistance towards their own original beliefs.

  39. STOP MAKING EXCUSES FOR YOUR OWN RACISM!

    The very act of saying black people can not be racist, is RACIST!

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  40. Hell yea whoever wrote this is clearly, clearly living in a bubble (false reality) just because you are pulled over, is not discrimination. “Idiot.” Blacks keep playing victim, and all the other races are tired of it…Even the blacks that work for a living can’t stand it because it ruins their image, it’s pathetic liberals that keep blacks oppressed..Blacks need to take responsibility, quit playing the pussy black victim hood mentality “fend for themselves” not cost others a burden and tax dollars and make up most of the violent crime in America, it’s gotten old, and now people of all races blow it off and just say “blah blacks always complain and play victim regardless of the scenario..” so black race is killing itself off, just look at Africa…And btw, whites were slaves to, and seeing as how you could be granted freedom in America for working for 3 to 5 years, seems like a pretty damn good deal, ask any illegal or refugees…Blacks need to stop taking everything for granted, and contribute back to America something else besides violence, drugs, and just overall ignorant burdens. Self responsibility is key. PS: if you can’t afford kids, then you should simply not be allowed to have them, it is selfish to just spit out kids for an income (which is in every poor neighborhood that blacks are the majority in)

  41. Mostly a silly exercise in semantics. Let’s look at the MW definition. Here is the first part: “Racism is the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race”.

    Of course, science and reality prove that races, of course possess characteristics specific to that race. Go to the database of medicine, pubmed, and search for “ethnic variation”. You will find no shortage of apparently evil, racist medical scientist that study characteristics specific to a certain race.

    Let’s look at the second part: “especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races”. The author apparently has not heard of black supremacy. A quick google search might educate her. One can also easily find many, many disparaging comments about caucasians. Blanket disparaging comments about people of a certain ethnic background? That is not racism?

  42. Please…. this joke of an journalist is just trying to excuse the fact that she is herself unapologetically RACIST!

    She is complete and utter scum!
    As with anyone who is racist, even more when they try to make dumb excuses to hide their own then act as if they are actually moral.

    Seriously! she has no excuse! just admit, that you are a pathetic person and a racist!
    you do not bring any good into this world when you try to defend yourself like that.

    Maybe instead of trying to defend your own racist beliefs… or just stop being a fucking racist!
    you could try to not make broad statements about a people based on their skin colour or ancestral origin.
    Maybe try judging people [AS. AN. INDIVIDUAL.] from their actions.
    WOW! Ground breaking I know!

    To those reading,pardon my rudeness, but she deserves no respect.

    Seriously, ANYONE who tries to defend their racist actions is pathetic!

  43. I’m surprised that people are still reading and commenting on a post from last year. It gives me some relief that people are taking the time to browse and read their school’s paper’s website. Glad to see some people still have an interest in the school newspaper.

  44. Well, I have to say, If someone is brought up in a cultural formative group of said actions and appropriations over an extended period of time, they get used to what they like and don’t like in the formative years of that cultural group! Ex If someone grew up in an all white neighborhood, and they were white, the faction there would be I am worried within that group by “What do others think of me here?…Until one grows out of that, and becomes an Adult, they take care of themselves and do what they want to that makes them happy! Not worrying what others think of them. As a white person, we are taught to be educated, self sufficient, and become what WE WANT TO BE period! You come into your own! All Races, I feel don’t rely on this Ideology. Now, all I can say is, Martin Luther King Jr. wanted everyone to get along and I agree with damn near everything he said and stood for! But, In western society there is way more PREJUDICES, not RACISM!!! I believe this, If you don’t like the way another culture lives, DON’T LIVE NEAR THEM!!! We all seem to not have a problem with different cultures when we are out and about, but when it comes to living situations: THIS IS WHERE PROBLEMS HAPPEN! If your white, and you don’t like “LOUD TALKING, ACTING OUT, CONFRONTIVE” Type of African Americans Don’t live by them, common sense! If your an African American. and you don’t like Whites, Don’t live near them! By the way, Segregation by choice DOES WORK!!! Only if it’s by CHOICE!! It all comes down to BEHAVIORS, BEHAVIORS, BEHAVIORS!! Blacks don’t get this, they feel like they are being discriminated against!!! Why people don’t like most African Americans, because of their Behaviors, NOT THERE RACE, SO STOP PLAYING THE RACE CARD / VICTIM PLEASE! You have to find out who you are individually, or you will be miserable for the rest of your life! All this shit can be resolved, if everyone knows who they can live where & with and tolerate, that’s it!!!!!! As long as the African Americans stay in their cultural faction of the hoods, then, the last comment applies. So who needs to change? Everyone! Everyone needs to come into their own, so we can ALL get along! Drop the Factions! Tell me if I am wrong

  45. While visiting my grandmother in rural Vermont one summer in 1959, gram told me one hot day to go down to the river across the street (more like a stream actually) to swim; she said she saw her neighbor Effie and her kids headed that way. I didn’t know who these people were, but I put on my bathing suit, grabbed a towel, ran to the river and joined them. I introduced myself to the woman and told her who my grandmother was. I’m white – the woman and her kids were black. Instead of welcoming me and using the situation as a good learning experience, the adult woman said to me, a 7 year old boy: “You can’t stay here, go play with YOUR OWN KIND.” Blacks can’t be racists, my foot.

  46. Fear is fear.
    Ignorance is ignorance.
    Hate is hate.
    Racism is a prejudice against any certain race by a person or persons of any other race.
    TO USE IDEOLOGICAL RHETORIC TO PRETEND OTHERWISE IS IGNORANT AND DRIVEN BY FEAR. IT IS RACISM DISGUISED…A WOLF IN SHEEP’S CLOTHING!
    To pretend blacks are just the “victims” of whites is stupidity attempting to mask over a victim-based mentality.
    It implies a inferiority complex to assert such a ideology!
    All people are judged by their behaviours and attitudes.
    People who are fearful and victim-minded attract the attacks of others by their behaviours and attitudes irregardless of race or sex.
    A self-secure black person can rise above the hateful behaviour or attitude of any other race.
    Ignorance isn’t the property of any one race any more than prejudice is!
    Drop the race game….take on a self-secure attitude and BE OF THE HUMAN RACE!
    WE ARE ALL GROWING WEARY OF THIS VICTIM GAME PEOPLE!

  47. maybe this bitch both should brush up on her history just like the vast majority of the black community who blame white people for slavery, when in fact the original slaves in what is now the USA were British Scottish & Irish who came here as endentured servants the majority of which never saw freedom & slavery came about due to a black man named Anthony Johnson who was at one point an endentured servant who was given land tools & mules upon completion of his 7 year contract of servitude who later let the contract of one of his servants be bought out. That same servant entered into a contract of servitude to the man who bought out his original contract to repay the man, upon learning of this Anthony Johnson sued to regain custody & described the endentured servant as property the court origanly found against Johnson but after it was appealed by Johnson the court ruled in his favor & brought about slavery. Furthermore tribes in Africa took slaves during tribal warfare & traded them for rum sugarcane & matchlock rifles, so blaming white people for slavery is the biggest load of crap there is & the reality is that black people are the most racist people in America & blm is nothing more than a black version of the kik & Arian brotherhood

  48. I want to make clear what I’m saying as I make my point. I support black lives matter. There is systematic racism against black people in America. It is a disgrace and it’s an issue which needs to be addressed. I also support affirmative action, but believe over future generations it should be gradually removed when we reach a time where people of all races have the same chances in life. I do believe affirmative action works however I don’t believe it will eliminate racism entirely. There will always be the white folks who didn’t make it into some place due to ability, some of who will then blame the system and become racist. Likewise, there will always be whites who are successful but view their ethnic minority peers as inferior believing ‘they only got the job because of their skin colour’. This is not right, but it is an unfortunate side effect to affirmative action. Which is why although I agree with affirmative action I believe once races are treated equally it should be phased out.

    Now, I’d like to also point out that ANYONE can be racist. The definition of racism used in this article is:
    “Racism is 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.”
    Therefore, if you believe that one race is superior to another then you are racist. You do not need to act for it to be racist. All you have to do is believe in it. Just as white supremacists, black supremacists and general nazis do. Even if you don’t ‘have power’ over another race, you can still be racist.

    The difference is whether the racism is institutionalised or not. There is systematic, institutionalised racism in the US against ethnic minorities. It is absolutely disgraceful and we should do everything we can to change it. One day, I hope all racism can be eliminated, but I believe claiming only one race can be racist, does not help our cause. It just leads to more white people who think they’re being mistreated. Any mistreatment of white people is a tiny fraction of what the race as a whole have dished out over centuries. However this does not make it right. If we eventually want to live in a world free of racism we need to mean it. We must prevent anyone from being racist, and understand that anyone CAN be racist.

  49. I Have to fully dissgree with this author, not only does she contradict herself ,but you don’t have to be in power to feel ‘superior’ Adolf hitler wasn’t a German yet he rose to power despite his ‘white and german supremists’ view he wasn’t even german himself. statisticst and truth show how inaccurate and untruthful this article is, superiority is a mindset not a ‘position of power, a position of power only enhances superority. This article displays the sad state the United states is in, and unfortunatly those blacks or minorities who follow the stereotype give the ones who do not follow the stereotype and trying to make a honest living here a bad rep… BLM and other groups like that are to thank for bad racial relations. This whole article belongs in de Nile river.

  50. Blacks like this totally fail. Whites, Asian, Hispanics and even some blacks want nothing to do with this trash. There are tons of extreamly racist blacks out there just as bad as any others. She is not just brainwashed, she is a very stupid little girl. She knows that though.

  51. Wherever this mentally challenged woman got this notion should be bombed and erased from the earth. Blacks are the single most racist idiots in America. They perpetuate racism and ignorance, look at their music, how many times is “nigga” uttered as if it means something. They want their own schools, neighborhoods, groups, movies, channels and stores. Sounds pretty racist to me……

  52. Power and privilege is not required you uneducated black. If a black person says “No White Honkies Allowed”, is that racist? Yes it is retard.

  53. If ‘African Americans’ are not racist, then what do you call that incident where a black woman beat the hell out of a white woman recently in Baxley, Georgia?! And her husband punched her teen daughter in the face as well! Is that not a racist hate crime?! That black woman blackened both her eyes and broke her nose! And the daughter had a black eye too! If you look it up on the internet, you will find many more cases of black people assaulting whites on purpose out of pure hatred! Go on, I dare you to look them up! They’re all over the internet! It’s happening so much now! They hate our guts and wish us harm! They even wish us dead! Because of this, I now realize that it is completely hopeless! They will never accept us whites, they just want us hurt…and preferably gone. But we were here first! And we have every right to be here, and live in peace. So you black people just leave us alone, and we will do the same.

  54. The system of racism begins with a race designating itself as superior to another. — I have witnessed plenty of this across the internet from Blacks.

    To carry out acts of racism, a race must have power and privilege. — this is apparent on microcosmic levels. does my white butt have power in harlem? do white kids in predominantly black high school social structures carry any power? in any local gathering where whites are outnumbered, they lack access to the cache of power. conversely if Jay-Z refuses to hire a white person, he’s being racist. he’s using his privilege as an employer and his power as a social gatekeeper to disenfranchise and undermine, based on skin color.

    this “power + discrimination” formula or definition holds up when applied logically to the fluid dynamics of social cache and corporate culture.

    it also seems to enfranchise the idea that when a country has a black leader, or a black majority population, blacks can be racist.

    so here’s food for thought: if minorities can’t be racist in white majority countries, then whites in color majority countries like south Africa (with total black caucuses and executive branches) can’t be racist either.

    are we still prepared to marry this definition? it says white people can’t be racist when they’re in Africa.

  55. Oh please, of COURSE black people can be racists. It’s true that they do NOT participate in a SYSTEM that perpetuates racism against a racial minority, consciously or unconsciously, but they can and do most certainly engage in racist behavior as INDIVIDUALS. Liberal hypocrisy and excuse making can be mind boggling.

  56. I don’t think anyone here is saying that ALL African Americans are lazy, dumb and criminal; However, I can understand why many European Americans hold this opinion. I have worked with many AA and I have formulated my own opinion. First I will address the lazy part. I found that the majority of AA have a horrible work ethic – I found it nearly impossible to get them to do their job. I worked as a night shift supervisor and almost all of them had trouble staying awake. Frequently, I would find them asleep on the job and they always had a ready-made excuse “well it is my break” . No matter how long they were sleeping all of them used the same excuse. If you bring this to their attention they accuse you of being racist and my supervisors were very hesitant to do anything about it because they did not want to be accused of being a racist. It was easier to just let them sleep the night away and the rest of us had to pick up their slack. It really sucked for the rest of us. Even when they were awake they still did not want to work. All they wanted to do was congregate together and be so loud and obnoxious that they drew attention to themselves in a most unflattering way. I have worked alongside many other races and only very seldom do I observe this lazy behavior. Now I will address the dumb part. I have met AA doctors, lawyers, and CEOs and I even know of one who became the president of the United States. Obviously they are all intelligent; however, they are a minority. Unfortunately, the vast majority of AA act very dumb. It is nearly impossible to have an intelligent conversation with them. They use a lot of ebonics and ghetto street language. I nearly fell over when I found out that ebonics is actually taught at some colleges and universities as a language arts prerequisite! What has happened to America? There is no common sense anymore. There have even been studies that have proven that they test lower on IQ scores than any of the other American races. Based on the conversations that I have tried to have with them It doesn’t surprise me. When I do meet an intelligent AA, I find it refreshing. They are out there, but they are rare. Finally, I will address the criminal aspect. Why is it that practically every AA boy dreams of becoming a rap star or pro athlete? Anyone can shout rhyming lyrics into a microphone. It does not take talent to do that and all the high-tech equipment in a Sound Studio makes it possible to make anyone sound good. And only the best of the best become pro athletes. So what is plan B? Get a GED and enlist in the military. After 4 years they get discharged and they still don’t have any civilian skills, so they have a few choices – work for minimum wage or engage in criminal activity. A few may attend a tech school to earn some sort of certificate, but most of those jobs do not pay very well either. It seems that the majority of them want to take the easy route and typically the easy route does not involve 4 to 6 years of post HS education. The easy route is criminal activity such as drug dealing and stealing. And they actually wonder why the jails and prisons are full of AA. The EA who commit those crimes are taken to jail just as fast. They cite police brutality, but in most of the cases, the officers were in fear of their lives. AA are reading and watching the same news stories I am but we hold completely opposite views. Go and figure. Some other observations I have made regarding AA: I used to live near some low income apt housing. The majority of the tenants were AA. Within 2 years the brand new complex looked like it was 50 years old and in desperate need of some serious repair work. They don’t take care of anything because it wasn’t their own money invested. I have actually witnessed this on several occasions. They complain that the white man is holding them back but the truth is that they are holding themselves back. The day the U.S. voted for a black president, not once but twice, was the day every AA needed to sit up and take notice. No more excuses! Another observation is the AA civil rights leaders who insist on stirring trouble between the races. They are very good at disguising their ignorance. The last topic I would like to address is slavery. Let’s get one thing straight, I have never owned or traded a black slave, or any slave for that matter and I do not know anybody who has. AA time to move on. They are not enslaved, and slavery is illegal in all states. It amazes me to listen to the ignorance regarding slavery, and not only AA but EA a well. First of all the word slave originated from the enslaved Slavic population during the middle ages. Second, the Europeans did not go to Africa and catch slaves. They purchased them from other Africans. They were initially enslaved by their OWN people! And only 6-10 percent of them were shipped to the U.S. the vast majority were shipped to Brazil and the Caribbean. In 1830 3,775 slave owners were free blacks. Between 1670 and 1715 apx. 50,000 Native Americans were enslaved by British slave Traders. And Native Americans were also slave Traders. Europeans have a long history of being indentured servants especially the Irish. An indentured servant is not much better than slavery. They were often brutalized and lived under very harsh conditions and did the same back-breaking work that black slaves had to do. And the women were frequently raped by their masters. Black people are just as likely to be descended from slave traders as white people. In North Carolina the largest slaveholder in 1860 was a black Plantation owner by the name of William Ellison. Also there was a period in history when white slaves were transported to Africa by Africans who belonged to the Empire of Carthrage. Also there was a period in history when Africans ruled Spain for 500 years and they sent white Christian slaves to Egypt. Also white children were kidnapped by Muslims during the Children’s Crusade and sold into Egypt. The Middle East held far more African slaves than North America ever did. Even Jews were involved. The oldest synagogue in America was built by a Jewish slave trader and of course everyone knows that the Jews were enslaved, tortured, or murdered under Hitler’s Nazi Regime. White slavery outnumbered black slavery in America through the 1600s and of the hundreds of thousands of white slaves who were captured and brought to America their middle passage death rates were equivalent to African death rates. The white slaves were sold at auctions for money or for livestock and half died before gaining freedom. The term redneck was used to describe white slaves who worked in the cotton fields under the hot sun. 600,000 white soldiers fought and often lost their lives in a battle to free the southern slaves. Even today millions of women and children are sold for forced labor or for prostitution so slavery exists even today and those slaves are a combination of races throughout the world including whites. The bottom line is that AA need to stop playing the victim role because all of us are descendants of slaves. Stop with the ignorance and educate yourselves about slavery before you make fools of yourselves. Pretending to know about a topic you have no understanding of.

  57. So do my observations and how I interpret them make me a racist? If that is so then I guess I am racist. But as far as African Americans being racist absolutely they are. As evidence by their insubordinate behavior and the fact that they walk around entitled with a chip on their shoulder proves it. I do not think I am a racist because I am not willing to write off an entire race just because of those observations. Every person deserves a fair shot. I have no preconceived notions and
    I have acknowledged that some AA are highly intelligent, hard workers and make a positive contribution to society. I wish people would stop using words that they don’t understand.

  58. WOW! You this is just..wow whoever wrote this is an ignorant jackass of exponential proportions! I am not sure ANY ACTUAL thought was even given here! I’v been to prison idiots! And guess what!? Its FULL of WHITE people! Well hell that’s weird..well they must be all hardened criminals then..totally right! I was there for driving on MY MEDICATION..12hrs after I took it! Fought it for over a year with 3 different lawyers..they said I did make enough money to win! Prison full of those stories while the Nig,,I mean BLACKS got like a year for sexual assault and drive by! I Got 5 years! NO accident..no victims..no nothing!! Yeah blacks have it SOOO BAD! Maybe..just Maybe they cry about everything and accept responsibility for NOTHING! but hey when did reality ever stop a snowflake from saying something stupid? NEVER!!

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