Racism and Reverse Racism… July 31, 2013

rac·ism/ˈreɪsɪzəm/ Show Spelled [rey-siz-uhm] Show IPA noun

  • 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.

Does Reverse Racism exist? Does the word racism suffice to cover the phrase “reverse racism”?

There are many today that attempt to change the meaning of the word racism to mean also the ability to carry out that racism. They claim that if the means to carry out that racism is not available, then it’s not racism. I see nothing in the above definition that erases racism simply because the means to carry it out are not possessed. If an employer uses criteria that favors one race over another in the hiring process it is racism, even if the race effected is the majority. Therefore, it follows that affirmative action, favoring one race over another, is racism. Affirmative action is used to correct inequities in practices formerly favoring the majority. Nevertheless, since it favors one race over another, it is racism. As it is used to reverse past inequities, it follows that it is reverse racism. Reverse Racism therefore exists. 

However, the definition does not include the mechanisms, or ability, to carry out the racism. In other words, the fact that the means is included, makes reverse racism possible.

In everyday social interactions only racism exists. All races are capable of racism. I have heard and felt racism expressed by all the races I have encountered, in one form or another. Expressions of superiority have been evident in each race. Racism will continue to exist as long as human beings continue to insist that the term race exists.

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