Maat wrote:We need to clarify meaning first. Real racism = racial prejudice + systemic, institutional power. Saying non-whites can be racist too in a white-ruled nation denies the inherent power imbalance. Of course anyone can harbor and express personal racial prejudice to hurt or insult another, but if they don't have the societal, institutional power to oppress you as a social group, then they are just being a dick; and a mugger is a thief regardless of pigment. Can they deny you a decent job or loan or choice of residence or right to equal legal protection because of your ethnicity?
I think that's a pretty good formula for how the privileged have learned to develop a more responsible story about real imbalances in our unfair world.
Removing the questionable word of "race" from the equation, you could write something like: offense = hate + power
. In that sense, the points Euphoria, teriyaki taryaki and others are trying to bring up are related to their belief that the "white" version of racism is from institutional power and that the "black" version of racism comes from a loosely organized brutal power.
This unfortunately plays into the very things that offend so many oppressed people who identify as the evolving American conception of "Black". As some have noticed, part of the "hate" in the equation above that equals offensiveness from "white" people is the belief that offenses backed by institutional power or other sources of power for Europeans are somehow superior to offenses backed by other forces or power from other cultures. 'White is sophisticated. Black is primitive.'
It is all too easy for people to decry carnage, pin it on people who aren't doing it and feed into hurtful stereotypes. Violence and violent crime are not unique to a people. Indeed, you may
have noticed a quaint little phenomenon of nepotism in violent culture - and how institutionalized power excuses its own violence. A key problem here is if a news story is totally 100% fabricated fucking bullshit
, even if it's revoked later due to some 'mistake' or other excuse, the hateful stereotype is still mentally enforced. People seem to forget that, and use fake-able statistics to say it must be partially
You can extrapolate this into what 9/11 and 7/7 and other anti-Muslim (to some anti-"Black") fake stories really are at their cores. You feed a fiction and a myth based on a prejudiced hate, and the offense grows.
We've shown that a story doesn't necessarily have to even
be based on the laws of physics
to be 100% faked and 100% nonsense and yet believed by too many to be as real as if they experienced it for themselves.
Nobody is questioning your personal experiences that you cannot convey over simulation equipment like the Internet. But once you attempt to convey it, you will be questioned and challenged on a forum that has learned not to take such stories at face value.
Frankly, the more users keep insisting white people are "brainwashed" when they have a different understanding from the hateful stereotypes built on centuries of lies and oppression, the more offensive those users come across to non-extremists. Apparently, many are still unaware that there is a legitimate basis in the idea that people are people