Racism is when intolerance in government laws, attitudes and ideals of a society are ingrained in a culture to the point where patterns of discrimination towards a certain race are institutionalized as normal. If you keep this in mind, you’ll understand that reverse racism doesn’t- and can’t- exist.
There is another saying “Racism (or sexism) = prejudice + power. POC (people of color) can be prejudiced against white people. But they can never have power, i.e. a whole system of structured support that backs them. White people often don’t understand how much power they have. Just ONE white person has more power to do actual harm to a black person than one hundred black people do to that white person. A white person can KILL a black person without any consequences, while if the situation was reversed you can bet the killer wouldn’t see the outside of a prison cell for a long, long time.
When white people complain about reverse racism, they are not complaining about losing their RIGHTS. What they are complaining about is losing their PRIVILEGE.
White people can never call someone else racist against them because that ‘someone else’ does not have the power to OPPRESS them. The person has the power to be mean.To hurt feelings.But not to OPPRESS.
THAT is the key difference. When a POC is mean to you, they are JUST being mean to you. Their entire society is not ACTIVELY discriminating against and oppressing you. Their society is not one where it is difficult for them to not be racist against you.
Here's what racism is NOT:
*It's not an excuse for incompetence
*It's not an easy answer for failed policies
*It's not something that one can inevitably fall back on when they are not doing their job or can't blame somebody else for their inadequacies
*It's not the reason for all criticism when the one who is being criticized is not white
*It's not a card to be played early and often in every argument
@Sebe. As a Southern White boy, I am here to say that PN is SOLIDLY ON POINT with this one. The Karl Rovian hue you so very accurately have painted above bespeaks the insidious cleverness of the Republican right regarding such matters of racism. It is a well stated attack strategy of Conservatives. That's all. It plays well within their core base and is repeated daily 24-7 by Faux News. Cheney's and other 'compassionate conservative's' favorite propaganda channel.
Jimmy as a black man born in 1960 raised in Virginia lived all over this country and several countries abroad PN's POV is not on point it's one dimensional and DOESN'T present a fair assessment in regards to race relations in our country today.
In 2009 I interviewed for a job that hadn't been approved yet because of budgeting. So after the interviews I was picked as an interim while still performing my normal duties too. In the summer of 2009 I was sent to school for a week because it was required by policy to hold that position. In December 2009 my manager met with me and told me that he was satisfied with my performance and that I would be promoted in early 2010. One of my fellow POC's wanted the job so badly that he decided to go to management and complain that he and another POC (my friend had extensive experience in the job and wanted to know if there would be interviews again. One of the company's policies in addressing employees issues are send them up to your immediate supervisor. Our Director directed our manager to conduct interviews again. I didn't fair as we'll this time and didn't get the permanent job. What's disturbing is that my fellow POC' who wanted the job so badly didn't have the extensive experience that me and my friend who had both served over 20 years in the USA. My fellow POC and friend resume in that area was superior to mine however he didn't interview for the job and he didn't give the complainant POC permission to use his name in regards to the job. So PN is wrong yet again POC's have power to effect someone else's life other than just being mean to other people.
And Obama is as bad as anyone. Do you think he would still be President if he would have told us that you wouldn't be able to keep your doctor or your plan. What if the media would have covered Benghazi appropriately and let our people know that the ambassador could have been saved if the necessary actions had been taken.
I was disappointed in myself more than my backstabbing POC. So I went about and dusted myself off tightened up my bootstraps and earned a different position I and got promoted in 2011. My fellow backstabbing POC rules of engagements finally caught up to him in November 2011 and doesn't work here anymore. He violated a policy that terminates you on the spot. He told on another fellow employee that is white and they both were released. My fellow backstabbing POC said something like this when he was caught" John has one too"
Well said, Funky.
Jimmy: Karl Rovian hue? These are the comments by editors (excluding the Wall Street Journal) of THE MOST LIBERAL NATIONAL PUBLICANS THERE ARE! I'm sure the editors of the New York Times and the Washington Post would be ROTFLTAO at your characterization of THEIR COMMENTS as a "Karl Rovian hue."
Also - the West Point Corps of Cadets know what the deal is. It was no accident that Obama received an "icy" reception and less than one quarter of the audience stood to applaud him. This is just another demonstration of what I've been saying all along:
The U.S. military knows who has their backs, and who STABS them in the back.
People in the military don't listen to what the politician says - they watch what he does. Even the cadets know that Obama is screwing up this country's foreign policy status ROYALLY. If he continues this way for another two years (i.e., "trying to hit singles, doubles, and the occasional home run") and gets the same results, this country might be so pi$$ed off that it won't matter who runs on the Democratic Party ticket. Regardless of race, color or creed, the vast majority of the American people will only take so much of a political party putting us in a second-class world status before they say THROW THOSE BUMS OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE.
You can try to change the subject by invoking Bush, Rove, Cheney, etc., but I ain't buying it - and neither are about 70% of the electorate. The Democrats have been in control for the past five years and they - with their "phone and pen" - will be on the clock for the next 30 months or so.
They will be held accountable.