Only white people can be racist
A school textbook teaches students that “there is no such thing as reverse racism” and that women can never be as sexist as men.
The passage, which appears to be taken from a “multicultural education series” book entitled Is Everyone Equal, states, “STOP: There is no such thing as reverse racism or reverse sexism (or the reverse of any form of oppression). While women can be just as prejudiced as men, women cannot be “just as sexist as men” because they do not hold political, economic and institutional power.”
In a sense, the text is correct, there is no such thing as reverse racism. Racism is racism, whether the target is white, black or brown.
However, that’s not the message being communicated. The book is teaching students that only white people can be racist and that only men can be sexist because….patriarchy!
Twitter users reacted to the controversy;
— Maggie Hager (@Battybuddy) March 1, 2015
— MachoManxRandySavage (@GamerCatHenri) March 1, 2015
@Battybuddy Thought policing. I’m not even kidding, that’s exactly what this is.
— king_ruckus (@king_ruckus) March 1, 2015
— TinyTurtle (@RMZeal) March 1, 2015
@shoe0nhead They equate motive with action: Oppressing someone is what you DO. racism could be one reason WHY. The powerless can be racist.
— SCROB TV (@scrobTV) March 1, 2015
This warped argument is also one repeatedly made by prominent social justice talking heads such as MSNBC’s Michael Eric Dyson, who once argued that it is impossible for black people to be racist.
Dyson disproved his own claim in July 2013 when he said during a discussion on the George Zimmerman trial that Americans would not understand racism until white kids were being killed in the same numbers as blacks.
“White Americans and others will feel that this was a justifiable verdict, this is how things happen. Not until, and unless, the number of white kids die that approximate the numbers of black and other kids who die, will America see,” said Dyson, failing to mention that 94 per cent of all black murder victims in the United States are killed by other black people.
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