Most Whites would say that racism involves serious animus towards Blacks. If one generally likes or is indifferent towards a Blacks, attempts to treat them interpersonally the same as Whites, and opposes discrimination against Blacks in every way, opposes segregation, supports all important civil rights laws, and supports most of the Black agenda and Black politicians, most Whites would say that this person is not racist against Blacks. This means supporting the traditional civil rights agenda.
Now, as far as the other stuff. Most Whites would say that these things are not necessarily racism:
- Failure to acknowledge White privilege
- Criticizing Blacks
- Practicing aversive racism against Blacks
- Stereotyping Blacks
- Telling racist jokes about Blacks
- Feel or say they are superior to Blacks
- Even use racial slurs against Blacks when Blacks are not around.
Absent animus and support for or practice of discriminatory behavior, most Whites would simply say about the list above: “That’s not racism.”
New Black commenter D says:
Your friend is obviously a racist in the sense that he feels whites are superior, but he’s one of those weirdo, soft “neurotic racists” that you wrote about on some other post.It’s pretty hilarious to watch these neurotic racists flounder around in their shitty logic.
The problem with this analysis is that it fails to recognize how ubiquitous these sorts of attitudes are in the White community. They are quite literally everywhere, and I am convinced that the vast majority of Whites are what Blacks might call “soft racists.”
It seems like Blacks don’t understand that soft White supremacy runs very, very deep among Whites. In fact, it is so much a part of our identity that I am not sure we will ever let it go.
The racist jokes will probably never end. From the beginning of our species, we were probably making fun of that funny tribe over the next hill.
So an attitude held by, in my opinion, the vast majority of Whites, cannot possibly be weirdo, neurotic, strange or abnormal. It’s normal in the sense that it is average and everyday.
As we can see above, Blacks have a much more expansive view of racism than Whites do.
In fact, by the Black definition above, it appears that I am a soft White racist myself. I don’t like to get into the superior-inferior races thing too much, but about one thing I have a deep conviction: I believe that at least Hispanics and Blacks are as groups morally inferior to Whites in some very important ways that mean a lot to me. They simply have lower morals.Why, I am not sure. Is it genes, culture, or both? No idea.
You’re welcome to disagree. If this makes me a soft racist, ok, I guess I am one.