Red Seven and J. Serens say that privilege has an effect on racism for all groups of people.
This is a comment by Red Seven and J. Serens on the post “Yes, Black People Can Be Racist Too“.
Red Seven said:
I think the point of the black-people-can’t-be-racist theory is that if a black person were to stereotype a white person, it’s pretty easy for that white person to re-engage his/her skin privilege and brush it off, whereas a black person doesn’t have this option, and incidents tend to pile up, and even the smallest micro-inequities, when compounded over a lifetime, become a heavy burden for a person’s soul to comfortably bear.
What’s interesting about this is that your neighbor the not-delivery-boy was likely not going to shake this incident off so easily. He likely hears a racial stereotype tied to his Asian identity every day. So yeah. You were totally a racist right there. Which basically means you’re human. If every white person called themselves on their own racist-@$$-$#!t as soon as it happened, the world would be a more perfect place.
J. Serens said:
I think the appropriate term is racial profiling, which on the scale to “pretending not to be racist” to outright racist it is pretty bland.
When I think about black people being racist, it’s more of a “[cultural group] of people can’t be trusted. You’re down for the cause or not.”
But that is my opinion. I am not immune to racism at all. I made the horrible mistake of speaking Japanese to a Korean customer. She was very livid, and I apologized because I was so used to speaking Japanese to every Asian customer who visited our store.
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