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Reply to "Are You a Racist?"

Originally posted by James Wesley Chester:
We all seem to agree. Anyone can be a racist.

The discussion evolved into the determining when that becomes 'racism'.

We agree again.


Jim Chester

Well I may be in disagreement. Racism is structural, systemic, and institutional. Being racist has to do with your place/position within the structure, the extent to which one benefits or is privileged - consciously or unconsciously, intentionally or unintentionally. Thus, I believe that it is almost impossible for a person of color to be racists. Conversely, it is equally difficult for a white person not to be racists.