Do you agree that there is no such thing as reverse sexism, racism and homophobia?
Yes, I agree there is no such thing. You can't reverse it - this is redundant and the concept makes no sense in the English language. Let's take racism for example. Let's succinctly DEFINE our term:
1. The belief that race accounts for differences in human character or ability and that a particular race is superior to others.
2. Discrimination or prejudice based on race.
There appear to be two DIFFERENT kinds of racism:
1. Person-to-person (self-explanatory)
2. "Institutional Racism" (below)
Definition: The term "institutional racism" describes societal patterns that have the net effect of imposing oppressive or otherwise negative conditions against identifiable groups on the basis of race OR ETHNICITY.
The term was coined by Stokely Carmichael (later known as Kwame Ture) at some point during the late 1960s.
Carmichael felt that it was important to distinguish personal bias, which has specific effects and can be identified and corrected relatively easily, with institutional bias, which is generally long-term and grounded more in inertia than in intent. Carmichael made this distinction because, like Martin Luther King Jr., he had grown tired of white moderates and uncommitted liberals who felt that the primary or sole purpose of the civil rights movement was white personal transformation.
Carmichael's primary concern, and the primary concern of most civil rights leaders, was and is societal transformation--a much more ambitious goal.
In the United States, institutional racism results from the social caste system that sustained, and was sustained by, slavery and racial segregation. Although the laws that enforced this caste system are no longer in place, its BASIC STRUCTURE still stands to this day. This structure may gradually fall apart on its own over a period of generations, but activism is necessary to expedite the process and provide for a more equitable society in the interim.
Also Known As: societal racism, cultural racism
Racism, at least the kind that matters, is less about whether individual people are "racist" or not and more about whether institutions and economic systems have achieved so much racist inertia over the years that lifespans are shortened and spirits broken."
Ok, we agree that institutional racism/cultural SYSTEMIC racism is entwined with the political/lega/educational (whatEVER) power structure. The more powerful group can suppress the weaker one. We are NOT talking about small groups of individuals - or individuals themselves.
Can you objectively measure 'race' anyway? When I lived in the US a census taker came 'round and asked me my race. I was surprised (this q isn't asked on a Canadian Cenus form, instead it's replaced by a q on ethnic origin). Anway, I think my initial answer was "Martian". Then I asked if he had brought with him a 'colour chart' - like the kind used by paint manufacturers. How black is black, and how white is white? He was bemused; but agreed. There IS no way to measure. I asked him had anyone else QUESTIONED THE QUESTION - he answered 'no'. Now, lo and behold, I find this in a social sciences dictionary:
"A classification of humans beings into different categories on the basis of their biological characteristics. There have been a variety of schemes for race classification based on physical characteristics such as skin colour, head shape, eye colour and shape, nose size and shape etc… The idea of race categories also appears to be unscientific, since humans are able to mate across all “races” and have done so throughout history, creating an enormous variety of human genetic inheritance. In addition the defining characteristics of “race” do not appear in all members of each so-called race, but merely occur with some degree of statistical frequency. If the defining characteristic of each “race” does not appear in all members of each “race” then the whole definition is clearly inadequate.”
Oh, look: it appears I'm not the only crazy around. Scientists too think "The idea of race categories...appears to be unscientific".
So here I am, accused of racism - while I, and in very good company - question the validity of the whole concept of 'race' to begin with! This is even more dumbfounding when the attack is levelled by people in a New World country where everybody is an immigrant anyway (and aboriginal peoples have had their genetic materal contaminated by genetic material - from everybody else TOO.
The answer to your question is you need to prove to me that race even exists. People who believe race exists are far more likely to be racist.
Racism can be found in any person or group of persons and societal institutions. It's politically-correct MALARKY to suggest otherwise. I remain unconvinced - and suspicious about the lengths to which people don't question the questions or the questioners. It's crap - there is an agenda behind it - and I don't buy it.
to start, anyway...
· 1 decade ago