Class Identity & Racism

Racism
noun
the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races.

The “white privilege” theory is, by definition, racist.  If you subscribe yourself to the notion that the individual and their own experiences hold less weight than the group you assign that person based on their skin color, you are by definition, racist.

There is plenty of racism in America.  It’s grounded in the belief our differences make us unequal.  Racism, by definition and in fact, goes both ways.

People mistake majority privilege for “systemic racism” all the time.  A Korean shopping in a Chinese person’s store will be watched closer than a Chinese person shopping in that same store.  They are both Asian.  Is the Chinese person racist against their own skin color?  No, of course not.

Differences in culture create distrust across the board.

Culture
noun
the customs, arts, social institutions, and achievements of a particular nation, people, or other social group.

Culture is created by a social group for it’s benefit.  What purpose would there be for culture if it didn’t make life easier for the beneficiary of it?  

In today’s racial climate, if you “appropriate” culture that you admire, you are racist.  When in fact, a majority of people that participate in culture other than their own do so in homage.  It’s not possible to own a genre of music or a hairstyle.  It is possible to be respectful of and not condescending towards people with culture that is different from yours.  

If you appropriate culture in order to mock it, you are guilty of being an asshole, and if the reason you are doing it is because you think you’re better than the person who looks different than you, you are being racist.

Our society is obsessed with the idea that it can generate equal outcomes for people with an infinite amount of differing circumstances and/or privileges.  It’s not possible.  There are an exponential amount of ways someone can be “privileged” or disadvantaged.  There is no way to weigh one privilege over another when there are an endless amount of factors contributing to that individuals life.

Labeling a group and assigning that group a blanket judgement is dangerous.   If the label is based on the color of their skin, it’s racist.  There are examples of labeling groups of people as privileged in history and they all end poorly.  The Kulak are an example of such.

True justice and true reform will only come from looking at the whole picture, including all statistics, and by maintaining the value of each individual by not putting them into a class and assigning that class collective guilt.

The only way to heal this nation is to collectively agree on the value of every individual, every lost life, and base our policies on statistics, not feelings.

 

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