11 million white Americans feel “a strong sense of white identity” and “a belief in the importance of white solidarity,” and “a sense of white victimization.”
At our house, we’ve been talking about this concept of “reverse racism.” Some of us believe that stereotyping or attacking people on the basis of their ethnic heritage is always racism.
Others think that racism is only meaningful in its historical context — it’s not a question of manners, but of privilege.
My grandfather and his siblings grew up in China. Local people shouted “White devils!” at them. Was that racism? I’d say yes.
But if it happened in the U.S., #2 daughter says it wouldn’t be racism. It would just be rude.
I think the facts are clear: racial discrimination in the U.S., as opposed to mere rude racial comments, doesn’t affect white people. The fact that more than 6% of non-Hispanic whites feel discriminated against in spite of this fact is alarming.
But we shouldn’t tolerate or defend anyone’s race-based attacks on other people. Even if the context makes the term “racist” questionable.
Context does matter. #2 son is on the Minority Faculty Council at the school where he teaches. But he pointed out that as a Eurasian man he is in fact a member of the majority in the field of Economics. That is, white guys and Asian guys alike are over-represented in his academic field, not under-represented. In what sense then is he a representative of the minority position?
White guys are the majority on the faculty at his college… and pretty much all other colleges, except perhaps in Economics.
I know that the darker skinned members of my family have experienced racism. Race is not a biological reality. In the U.S. it’s all about skin color. We like to think we’re getting past that, but maybe not.
My grandbaby is a little white girl. Maybe she’s lucky she turned out that way.
As long as we don’t let her hang out with those loony 11 million white people.