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Reply to "Are You a Racist?"

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Originally posted by kresge:
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.

I repectfully disagree. The things that you are attributing to racism are actually results of discrimination, and discrimination is not unique to race. A racist person (or organization) that does not discriminate does no harm. Discrimination is an action that creates structural, systematic, and institutional problems. Racism is a belief system that does not have to be acted upon.

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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.

I think this line of thinking is very dangerous. Everyone is racist. But, if we don't acknowledge that we are racist, we can never overcome the actions of discrimination, which is the real problem anyway. What people think is not nearly as important as the actions that result from those thoughts. You can't change how people think, but you can change how they act.
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