After years of observing and experiencing many forms of racism from minute to large scale scenarios I find it absolutely impossible to believe in the word “reverse racism”. As a matter of fact I have no doubt that whoever created and/or uses the phrase “reverse racism” is actually defending their own racism. In another words, the phrase “reverse racism” is just another ploy in the bottomless arsenal of tactics used to maintain the status of the people who truly benefit from racism.
Let me start by defining the word “Racism”. Although there are a few variations of the word the main definition exercised is:
A. hatred or intolerance of another race or other races.
or even more so:
B. a policy, system of government, etc., based upon or fostering such a doctrine; discrimination.
So when I speak of racism I am referring to the word in this context. The other definition of racism is a two part definition that could be twisted:
C. 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. (abusive or aggressive behavior towards members of another race on the basis of such a belief)
D. the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races.
The last definitions “C” and “D” explain the same thing, but can be misleading. For example, aside from identifying the dominant physical characteristics of a race, the first half of the sentence in the definition of “C” and “D” could be easily confused with stereotyping, not racism. It does not get into the true definition of racism until you read the second half of the sentence (highlighted in red).The second half is the root definition of racism and is consistent with the definition of racism stated in A & B. Since racism has been manifested to the level of government and religion (definition “B”) for nearly a millennia, it has evolved into an extreme institutionalized and “automated” power rooted in everyday way of life, which makes it absolutely imperative to have this conversation today.
We defined racism in a nutshell, lets move to “reverse”. The word reverse is pretty much self explanatory. It is synonymous with “rewind”. In some cases you may want to “rewind” to the beginning or before a certain event. Or you may want to reverse an illness. So when someone is trying to label a minority as a racist or extremist they should not use the term “reverse racism” because this is technically and oxymoron. Racism is racism there is no such thing as reverse racism. This has been created and used by those who are guilty or paranoid about some type of “retaliation” or “revenge”. If you believe someone is looking for retaliation or revenge then call it that, not racism. But I can tell you, I honestly don’t believe any person of African descent is looking for revenge. If so, we would hear many incidences about black people killing white people just because they were white. You would hear stories about black lynch mobs terrorizing white people of America. Black people going on a rampage to kill white people just for sport. We don’t hear those stories because they simply don’t exist, but we hear many stories in vice versa. Over the past 500 years into the present day many stories about white people, white mobs, targeting black people, hunting them down and murdering them in cold blood. Why? Were the white people looking for revenge? Revenge for what? Whenever a group of “minorities” unite, organize, to protect themselves from this unjustified hatred, they should not be labeled reverse racist. If the so-called reverse racist gets emotional here and there and out of frustration blurts out negative words, so be it, any human being has the right to be upset after being constantly attacked subconsciously, consciously, directly and indirect for generation after generation. That is a given, but I can tell you this much, the so-called racist is not going on killing sprees to retaliate nor are they bombing the innocent. No retaliation, not even the so-called aggressive vicious gang bangers have retaliated against public enemy #1… the man who murdered a young black teenager armed with a mere bag of Skittles and Ice Tea. So if “aggressive criminals” do not retaliate, what does that say about the majority of black people who do not take part in any violent activity whatsoever? This fear that people carry towards the so-called reverse racist stems from slavery. Since the days of slavery you could not be proud of your African Heritage or show signs of strong black love without breaking the law. Being Pro Black, taking care of your people, protecting your family from a system that blatantly disregards your best interest…defending yourself from these odds should never be labeled racism. It is self preservation, every human being has a natural right to self preservation no matter what context or scenario.
True Racism is born from prejudice, this prejudice takes form of extreme discrimination in the hearts and minds of millions of people of society and has been legally backed by centuries of mandated laws of the land. These laws shape the media and the economic status of races, continually reinforces and projects false stereotypes around the world. The type of prejudice toward the people of African descent is unprecedented in the human history. Yet when a person of African descent looks to fix the problem the only way they know how, they are instantly labeled a threat or reverse racist. This is ridiculous. If my family is broken with severe deep rooted issues and I decided to hold a family meeting to figure out how we need to do to get it together, do I not have that right? Do I not have the right to get it together without inviting my neighbors to the table? Do I also have the right to get upset if my neighbor demands to peek through my window to see what I’m doing just because they think I am up to something, or maybe they are just plain being nosey. This does not mean I hate my neighbor it just means I need some “me” time to take care of my family.
This attitude that “black people are up to something” or “black people are a threat” is something that has been passed down from slavery, a time when more than 2 black people could not congregate without a white person present. Therefore if 3 black people were seen holding a conversation they would seem suspicious. This is because the slave master feared a revolt. Why would the slave masters fear revolt? Because the slave masters “knew” they were wrong. This attitude is held today. This restriction of black congregation is not enforced by the law because it no longer needs to be. It is now part of the everyday conscious and subconscious. The image of an all black or predominantly minority solution is socially intimidating to society and labeled one of many things, “reverse racism” is one of them.
No one is seeking revenge because most minorities and people of African descent do not go around hating for no reason. In fact most blacks are quick to forgive and forget, even when its not in their best interest. Whether you forgive or not, you should never forget, isn’t that what America says about 9/11? Then why cant this be true for the worse crime against humanity? As far as forgiveness goes, many times the people we forgive are given a second chance, a third chance, and so on. We forgive the offender way before they realize the depth of the damage they have caused. We forgive them way before they make amends, if they truly make any amends at all. In many cases the offender hasn’t even done what was necessary to receive true forgiveness in the first place but we forgive them anyway. The forgiveness is issued mainly to let go of the negative emotions, because that is a lot of negative emotion to harbor in your heart, you will not be able to move on with your life in a positive manner if you carry too much negativity in your heart and outlook. Therefore, the forgiveness part is understandable. What I don’t understand is why we forget and let it happen over and over again on many levels. To forgive and forget is a very naive trait. The wise never forget. The wise can let go of the negative emotions, move on and live a positive life, but never forget that the hate exist out there. They realized how it shaped their past, present, and what they need to do to combat the hate so it does not continue shape their future as well.
This hate that we have to defend ourselves from is rooted in ignorance and extreme prejudice. Prejudice begat racism. Because prejudice is the root I would want to define it as well:
A. intolerance of, unfair dislike, hostility, or unjust behavior deriving from unfounded opinions, towards a person or group of people of a specific race, religion, etc
B. an irrational attitude of hostility directed against an individual, a group, a race, or their supposed characteristics
C. a feeling of like or dislike for someone or something especially when it is not reasonable or logical
D. unreasonable feelings, opinions, or attitudes, especially of a hostile nature, regarding a racial, religious, or national group.
E. an unfavorable opinion or feeling formed beforehand or without knowledge, thought, or reason.
F. preconceived judgment or opinion (2) : an adverse opinion or leaning formed without just grounds or before sufficient knowledge
G. an opinion formed beforehand, esp an unfavorable one based on inadequate facts
A. damage or injury; detriment: a law that operated to the prejudice of the majority.
B. to disadvantage or injure by prejudice
C. injury or damage resulting from some judgment or action of another in disregard of one’s rights; especially : detriment to one’s legal rights or claims
D. disadvantage or injury resulting from prejudice
E. to the prejudice of to the detriment of
F. damage, be detrimental to, be prejudicial to, injure, harm, hurt, spoil, impair, undermine, hinder, compromise More”this could prejudice his chances of victory”
G. detriment, harm, damage, injury, hurt, loss More”without prejudice to the interests of others”
H. harm or injury that results or may result from some action or judgment.”prejudice resulting from delay in the institution of the proceedings”
I. bias, influence, sway, predispose, make biased, make partial, color More”the article could prejudice the jury”
J. give rise to prejudice in (someone); make biased.”the statement might prejudice the jury”
K. law without prejudice, without dismissing or detracting from an existing right or claim
Notice how often prejudice involves “Law”, “Harm”, and the lack of using “Logic”. Now I don’t know about you but I believe a law that lacks logic and has the power to harm is a dangerous combination. As you can see this deep form of prejudice is a trait that is not common among the black community. As I stated earlier, most black people forgive and forget even when it is not to their benefit. There are black people that are bitter, even thats not reverse racism, it is normal for a human being to become sore after constantly being rubbed the wrong way. A lot of black people are known for mouthing off and talking mess about other races (a common example is the material heard in black stand-up comedy) but that is mainly jokes (and/or ignorance in some cases) on a superficial level. Black people even talk the same type of mess about each other (in a lot of cases even worse). It is not rooted in hate, it’s mainly jokes, superficial ideas stemming from lack of knowledge of self, or simply just trying to get a quick joke. It’s called “snapping” or “clowning”, no real harm is intended from these words. Never will the shit talking be elevated to going on a killing spree or brutality dragging an innocent man down a highway for 3 miles for absolutely no reason at all (as in the case of James Byrd, Jr.) . There is a very big difference from true racism and the so-called reverse racist. In my personal vocabulary reverse racism does not exist, you are either racist or not. These prejudices have been exercised in the legal system for more than half a millennia, countless laws were created to enforced racism one way or another. You cannot expect the damage and continuing exercise of racism to disappear within the mere 50 years that a few civil rights laws were created to counter attack this giant. In the grand scheme of things “Slavery was last week, and we barely got our civil rights yesterday”. Systematically speaking, prejudice and hatred wasn’t erased out of the hearts and minds of the hundreds of millions in America over night. America, the same America which influences the billions around the world, the America that sets the tone for democracy. Let’s be honest, laws are laws, it doesn’t mean people agree with them as soon as they are enacted, especially when people are use to things being a certain way and it’s no longer in their favor. In Germany there is no speed limit, do you mean to tell me when a German comes to America he or she honestly believes in their heart that 65 miles per hour is safer than driving at his or her natural gate? If Civil Rights laws were barley enacted 50 years ago, this does not mean it eradicated racism, as with speeding limit laws… it just means the perpetrator cant be caught in the act. It means the perpetrator needs to be smarter and covert when breaking the law. Go white collar, go corporate, and thats exactly what happened.
To sum it up Racism has been the law of the land for centuries. The laws were designed to keep the blacks in America defenseless. Even after slavery, Jim Crow laws were enforced. Seems like every other day I find more laws that existed for the sole purpose of promoting inequality for blacks simultaneously defaulting in the favor of whites. Til this day anyone who speaks Pro Black/ Responsibility for Self and the intervention of the black race, is labeled aggressive, a threat, or told “Why don’t you just forget about it.” The damage and long term effect of institutionalized racism is down played and swept under the rug. I can go on and on into detail, but this is just a blog. I only want to scratch the surface at this time. On that note since definitions seem be the backdrop theme of this blog, I want to wrap it up with quickly defining the last component of racism…discrimination:
A. treatment or consideration of, or making a distinction in favor of or against, a person or thing based on the group, class, or category to which that person or thing belongs rather than on individual merit: racial and religious intolerance and discrimination.
B. the unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people or things, especially on the grounds of race, age, or sex.”victims of racial discrimination”
“Discrimination is action that denies social participation or human rights to categories of people based on prejudice. This includes treatment of an individual or group based on their actual or perceived membership in a certain group or social category, “in a way that is worse than the way people are usually treated”. It involves the group’s initial reaction or interaction, influencing the individual’s actual behavior towards the group or the group leader, restricting members of one group from opportunities or privileges that are available to another group, leading to the exclusion of the individual or entities based on logical or irrational decision making.”
prejudice, bias, bigotry, intolerance, narrow-mindedness, unfairness, inequity, favoritism, one-sidedness, partisanship; impartial More sexism, chauvinism, misogyny, racism, racialism, anti-Semitism, heterosexism, ageism, classism, casteism; historical apartheid
You can see how dangerous this act can be when fueled with prejudice and racism. The definition says it all. Below is a definition of discrimination I find very interesting:
“Discriminatory traditions, policies, ideas, practices, and laws exist in many countries and institutions in every part of the world, even in ones where discrimination is generally looked down upon. In some places, controversial attempts such as quotas or affirmative action have been used to benefit those believed to be current or past victims of discrimination—but have sometimes been called reverse discrimination themselves.”
“Reverse Discrimination?” Go Figure, lol