“Reverse Racism” Is Virtually Nonexistent
Reverse racism is defined as a condition in which discrimination, sometimes officially sanctioned, against a dominant (or formerly dominant) racial or other group representative of the majority in a particular society takes place, for a variety of reasons, often as an attempt at redressing past wrongs. It has been described as “preferential treatment, discriminating in favor of members of under-represented groups, which have been treated unjustly in the past, against innocent people”
The term “reverse racism” came into use as the struggle for African-American rights divided the white community. In 1966, Hosea Williams of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), publicly accused members of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) of reverse racism in their efforts to exclude or expel whites from local government in Alabama to make room for blacks. Williams argued that the SNCC’s intended “all-black” campaign in Alabama would drive white moderates out of the civil rights movement. “Black racism” was a more common term in this era, used to describe SNCC and groups like the Black Panthers.
She starts at Boston University in July as an assistant professor of sociology and African American Studies. Recently, it was discovered she had sent out several racially charged tweets in recent months, including calling “white college males” a “problem population,” declaring “white masculinity is THE problem for America’s colleges.” Other tweets stated “Deal with your white (expletive), white people. slavery is a *YALL* thing,” and “Every MLK week I commit myself to not spending a dime in white-owned businesses. And every year I find it nearly impossible.”
Prejudice, Discrimination, Bigotry, Racism
We addressed this before, but this is a classic misuse of racism or in this case “reverse racism”. Racism consists of both prejudice and discrimination based in social perceptions of biological differences between people. Prejudice is prejudgment, or forming an opinion before becoming aware of the relevant facts of a case. Discrimination is action that denies social participation or human rights to categories of people based on prejudice.
These tweets seek not to bar or deny social participation or human rights to categories of people based on prejudice. The closest we get to that is not shopping at white owned stores on MLK Day, but apparently she does it or at least has done it as she finds it harder not to, and does on days not MLK Day. At best, these views are flawed in historical accuracy, at worst, they are bigoted and possibly prejudiced. Quite simply, one must belong to a group that has the systematic and institutional power to deny social participation or human rights. People of color don’t have either in this country; therefore, can’t really be racist or practice “reverse racism”. Think about all of the times a person of color has prevented a white person from social participation or denied them human rights in the United States?