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I have been watching the web and Twitter the last few days, and I keep seeing a recurring theme that pops up at me. Over and over again, I see posts from blacks that say, in effect or directly:
"I am black, and because I am black, I can't be racist."
If you look at any definition of racism, it will look similar to this:
The belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race, esp. so as to distinguish it as...
Prejudice or discrimination directed against someone of a different race based on such a belief.
Of course, the obvious part here is the second definition, but it ties into the first. The second definition talks of prejudice or discrimination directed towards someone based on a belief, and ties into the first definition, that the people of the other race have different characteristics or abilities, and this can be extended to rights as well.
The blacks posting these comments feel that they are not treated the same as whites, or hispanics, or whatever other race you want to include here. They feel that these other races are different then them and therefore hold prejudice against whites or these other races. To clarify, a prejudice is a preconceived notion or idea not based on personal experience. The concept that is expressed by many of the people posting on the web is that all white folks would kill them if they could. This is a prejudiced notion against white folks that falls into a belief of a character trait of white people. And this is a very true and correct definition of racism and anyone who professes any of these is, by definition, a racist.
The idea that because you are of one race or another, you can't be a racist is counter to the idea of racism. The idea that each race is different from the other, understanding and accepting those differences is the anti-thesis of racism. But when you voice an opinion about an entire race, when the entire race does not, or has not, engaged in that behavior, that is clearly racism.
In fact, this goes back and forth when you have a situation where one side is arguing that the other is racist, and the main countering argument is that the second person is racist. I hate to say it folks, but everyone, even in some minor little way, is racist. We all have our own preconceived ideas about people of other races, and subconsciously, whether we intend to or not, will harbor some prejudice towards that other race.
The mark of a good man in this case, is the one who recognizes that he has this prejudice, faces it, engages with the members of that other race, and learns for himself what the people of that race are like, feel, know, and act like. When we continue to separate ourselves from people of the other race, we continue to harbor those thoughts of what "they" are like and will continue to be prejudiced and may even unintentionally discriminate against them.
It is time for people on both sides of the race divide to understand this and try to find common ground.