Response to a response from this.
I meant to send this privately but accidentally published it. ;_; And since there’s a word limit (for whatever reason) this one will be a public response. But I’ve cropped the user’s name out since I’m not sure they wanted this to initially be a public discussion.
I can agree to a point, I guess? But I think it depends on the definition of racism. I’m following the definition that’s close to the Wikipedia version:
“Racism is usually defined as views, practices and actions reflecting the belief that humanity is divided into distinct biological groups called races and that members of a certain race share certain attributes which make that group as a whole less desirable, more desirable, inferior or superior.”
I can agree that most whites can escape racial prejudice more easily than other races. That being said, there are certain groups of whites such as the Irish, Polish, Jewish, Russian groups that have found hard times doing this in various periods of time and were judged negatively by other European whites. I guess that can be argued as more of xenophobia than anything else but it’s still just as bad as discrimination and racism. Or they experienced a similar equivalent of the “one drop rule” or “light skinned is better and thus get more rights” that blacks experienced although the latter is just a facade of superficial power light skinned people held over dark skinned ones.
It can also be argued (I think it’s true) that many whites today who’s ancestors were those “lower class” whites don’t face as much persecution compared to blacks today who face persecution similar to their ancestors. So while discrimination or racism towards whites was an extremely brief part of American history or not as common today, it has occurred and still does occur. But again, this depends on how you frame the term racism.
When you mean internalized do you mean racist concepts that blacks adhere to? I think there are several definitions of the word.
But short story even shorter, this is a super complex issue with many variables that could go on forever. D:
What the person said in the original post was a stereotype, not racist. :B Switched my terms up for a second there.