White people say the craziest shit to me, when have I ever said white people are racist because they are white…wtf. lol.
“You’re right, but right for the wrong reasons. Racism is spread through cultures, and people become racist in virtue of participating in a culture. Telling people to stop being racist is pointless, because that would mean giving up being part of a culture, and culture is central to personal identity. If you want to change people, change the culture.
This is abstract. So I’ll try to be more concrete, because this is an important point.
Consider hiring practices. In particular, consider the HR director who is sifting through resumes. She stops at two excellent candidates. One is named Jamale Johnson, and the other is named James Johnson. Who is more likely to be hired? It’s James.
Now, according to your view, the HR director is a racist. Why? Because she selectively hired someone based on a “white-sounding” name vs. a “ethnic-sound” name. But there’s a problem with this. It’s very likely that you assumed the HR director was white.
You see, the assumption is going to be that if racism happens, it happens by white people to “all other non-white people.” But that’s just not true. Racism is cultural, and you can be racist against your own “race” in virtue of being part of the culture. The culture in question is racist. And your behavior is influenced by that culture. This routinely happens in law enforcement. Why? Because law enforcement has its own culture which profiles particular races in particular ways.
So you’re addressing the wrong individuals, and you’re addressing the wrong thing. Yes white people can be racist. Of course that’s true. But they’re not racist because they’re white. They’re racist in virtue of the cultures they are embedded in. Anyone can be racist. And you can be racist against your own race.
It’s not until we have a clear view about race and racism that we can actually change things.”- Don