maybe OT- who can be a racist?
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|Fri, 09-03-2010 - 1:30pm|
I'm posting this here because this board seems to have a lot of activity, and I think there are quite a few smart folks on this board.
I was recently involved in a online discussion about race. Specifically, it went along these lines: Only white people can be "racists". Several black (or african american -- I'm going to use black because it's easier to type and most black people I know don't care if I say black -- I'm not trying to be insensitive), have informed me that ONLY white people can be racists. People of other races canNOT be racists.
Now, I don't understand this. It seems to me that anyone who denigrates another human being, based on their heritage/skin color, can be "racist".
Further, I asked about people who are of mixed race. I was told that if they identified more with their "white part", then they COULD be racist, but if they identified more with their "black part" then they couldn't be. (In that argument, it was more about whites and blacks, not other heritages.)
What do you think? Can ONLY white people be racists? If I am "mixed", and I identify more with my "white half", can I still be racist? I thought it was an interesting discussion, but I was called "the worst kind of racist", since I maintained my position that ANYONE could be a racist. Your thoughts?