i think reverse racism is on its own a racist term.
it's like saying if a white person is hung it's called a "reverse lynching".
people are fucking ridiculous.
It does seem to imply racist intentions in some fashion. But if you look at from the point of view that racism DOES exist and most examples ARE usually confined to specific racial groups, then "reverse" simply becomes an adjective to the term racism. It is also completely useless AND redundant as the audience who understands such a use of the word would ALREADY be aware that it is a reversal of traditional racist viewpoints and would not need such a qualifier on the noun.
It's like saying "negative acceleration." It sounds all fancy but is meaningless without context as it could mean slowing down or speeding up, or changing direction without either of those or with some of those. But once you HAVE context you could just say acceleration (i.e. acceleration = -50mph east) and the "negative" tag becomes useless and redundant.
So I don't think the term is meant to be racist, just meaningless.
I had fun typing that, I am going to repost to my own journal.
I think that it very much is rascist because it's generally only used by white people in public office desperately trying to be politically correct (as if they feel they would be taking the word "racism" away from black people by using it), or by the same backwoods white people that complain about "all those damn mexicans coming to america and stealing our jobs". That's what bothers me about it, racism is not a black and white thing. Pretty much all races hate eachother, hell, some groups of people within races hate eachother (ie. mexicans and puerto ricans).
and not only has racism become to mean believing other races are inferior, it also has become to mean pointing out any differences between races at all. i really feel as though the term racist has become something for insecure people to hide behind and point fingers. It's enraging, because true racism is such a problem, and essentially making the term meaningless is like ignoring that there's a problem.
I definitely agree with you. It's really a shame that some groups tend to stay within their own people and don't mingle within the culture, for example "china towns" in major cities. i think all the cultures involved would benefit from seeing people as different and embracing it instead of resenting them for it.
i think the term racism is thrown around so much that people are scared to even acknowledge that other groups of people are different, and that leads to ignorance and eventually more hatred. it's really unfortunate.
i only disrespect people who disrespect me.
but i am truely ashamed by much of the black culture these days.
i hate thugs. i hate gangstas. i hate rappers.
i pretty much hate black people who aren't like me (i'm a little emo kid).
wtf kind of racism is that?
it's racism. that's it. i just happen to be racist towards my own people.
racism is racism. there is no reverse racism. it's just not your everyday white ppl hating on black people.
the term reverse racism is just political correctness. it's seriously this, white people are too scared to say that black people are racist, because most people only think that racism is one way. white people never want to piss off the black people cause it looks bad. so they give us this stupid false sense of respect that i could ramble on for hours.
using the term reverse racism turns it into a kind of "you hit me, i hit you back" thing that in a way "justifies" this idea of reverse racism.
white people: get over yourselves and stop the political correct bullshit. and don't be racist.
black people: stop being bitchy and stupid. and pull up your god damn pants. and don't be racist.
i don't think that white people are scared of hating on black people because it "looks bad" unless it's in a social setting, i think that mostly white people are genuinely scared of black people because urban black culture is so violent and full of hostility. take goodie mob for example, that group is full of some of the most racist people i've ever in my life heard, and i'm from whitebred south georgia. It's extremely rare to hear a white person talking about seriously killing black people, and yet goodie mob raps about killing "the devil" all the time. and honestly, "white devil" is just as offensive as any racist term.
I think white people are honestly scared by urban black people and their culture of hatred, and you know, i think they have a reason to be because it's blatantly obvious that that culture is all about "the white man keeping me down". if i were in a position on public import, i would attempt to be as politically correct as i could be too so as not to rouse more anger.
I don't consider myself racist at all, but living in atlanta has really poisioned be to ghetto fabulous urban black culture. It really bothers me when people make no effort at all to break stereotypes. I can't tell you the amount of people going to my school that are straight outta college park that their only plan in life is to rap or work at a record label. it's really sad. but i believe i'm intelligent enough to separate subcultures from races. I don't think all white people are gun toting republicans, nor emo kids, nor do i believe that all hispanic people are mexican (like most white people seem to).
but you're right in that the term is often exploited by whites in political office and said exploitation in itself is racist and wrong.
but i definitely understand where you're coming from in regards to stereotypical blacks. boy, do i understand where you're coming from.
many of them are utterly shocked when i point out that calling me the n-word is offensive. it's a derogatory used by slaveowners towards my ancestors. when white folks use the term, then they're ready to fight. yet they fail to understand that when we use the term, we're sending the message that its okay to be disrespected.
more than once i've been labeled a sellout simply because i don't act like a belligerent and ignorant thug. heaven forbid that i'm actually carrying myself with class because i take pride in my people and remember the mlk's, the rosa parks and the medgar evars that came before me. no i'm a sellout because i don't allow my race (or more importantly the negative stereotypes) to define who i am.
and the irony: most of those "thugs" and "gangstas" aren't from the streets and wouldn't last five seconds in the hood. if you're really a hardcore thug, you don't have to put on a production to convince people that you're hard. real killers know how to conduct themselves. they know what they're capable of and don't have anything to prove to anyone. second, anyone who knows the truth about hip-hop culture knows that it is nothing that is shown on mtv or bet. hip hop culture (the genuine kind) is a legitimate culture (just like goth or emo or whatever), and the art of hip hop has often been used to bring consciousness to political and social issues. unfortunately you have a bunch of rapacious assclowns who exploit the culture for their own gain.
on another note, i just wanted to give props to everyone whose commented. i thought the comments were very intelligent and a real dialogue was discussed. dialogues like this is what its going to take to rid the world of racism and ignorance.
It is. What's also pretty rediculous is just the term "racist" in the first place, since the apparently "fucktard that hates anything they *aren't*" is too high-level processing for about 99% of the population. I guess making something into a character flaw instead of correctly seeing it as a dangerous personality trait makes people sleep better. Fuckers.
BTW, that email is still coming. :-)