Interesting conversation on race on Twitter today.
Not that I take these things too seriously, it’s obvious trolling and a blatant racist at work here. I get in a lot of conversations about race/racial politics and I am always genuinely interested in what drives others’ attitudes, perspectives, and beliefs - especially those who I disagree with - because it forces us to think critically about our own positions and why we believe what we do.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t going to get anything out of this conversation. For those unfamiliar with the term, “systemic racism” (also known as institutionalized racism), is “a system, racism is an institutional arrangement, maintained by policies, practices and procedures — both formal and informal — in which some persons typically have more or less opportunity than others, and in which such persons receive better or worse treatment than others, because of their respective racial identities. Additionally, institutional racism involves denying persons opportunities, rewards, or various benefits on the basis of race, to which those individuals are otherwise entitled. In short, racism is a system of inequality, based on race” (Wise).
It is why despite there being cases of individual prejudice, minorities do not have the power to be “reverse racists” (in the systemic sense - for more, read here) and why ignoring this structural reality perpetuates it (more here).
So there you have it. And thanks to this user, I have more fodder for my upcoming TED talk on racism, “Give Racism a Chance,” being delivered Monday at TEDxSpokane. Hope to see you there