Reverse racism

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Racism and racists
—American novelist H. A. Covington[1]

Reverse racism is a snarl term generally employed by wingnuts[2] and white nationalists,[3] referring to actions and attitudes that ostensibly accord racial minorities the same "preferential treatment" once enjoyed by members of the racial majority — or, indeed, any slight, real or imagined, against whites by those of other races, most often in North America.[4] The term tries to delegitimize the emotions and efforts of those who work for racial equality, and to undercut their efforts.

The term is a favourite of concern trolls, who suggest that those working towards equality take things too far, and in order to avoid the label they must reduce their efforts.

The overuse of this term — especially by white supremacists who attribute all minority advancement to "reverse racism" — has proven frustrating to those discussing more legitimate instances of the phenomenon, such as those (successfully) challenged in the U.S. Supreme Court cases Regents of the University of California v. Bakke and Gratz v. Bollinger.

It is also commonly referred to as the "It-sure-is-tough-being-a-white-guy-in-America-today Syndrome" (Sometime shortened to the ISITBAWGIAT Syndrome). It can be found in Great Britain, Australia, and to a lesser extent Canada, too (under different names, of course).

It is one kind of reverse discrimination. Analogically, so-called "Men's Rights" groups sometimes claim feminists are sexist (or "reverse sexist") towards them.[5]

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[edit] Why it's a stupid term

We're going to have to link this as many times as we goddamn have to.

Describing anything as "reverse racism" is a good way to look like a racist yourself. Racist views held towards majority groups are still generally considered racism, despite the aforementioned efforts of the sociologists and social activists to exclude them; calling them "reverse racism" implies that there is a "normal" type of racism. It's not too hard to then draw the conclusion that "reverse racism" implies a tacit acceptance of racism against minority groups, almost an accidental admission that there are different (separate but equal) forms of racism.

[edit] Sociological challenges

Many current sociological definitions of racism focus on a central idea of racism as requiring not just racially-charged beliefs, but also the power to affect races differently. The very systems of the Western world have been qualified as racist because of the "culturally sanctioned beliefs, which, regardless of intentions involved, defend the advantages whites have because of the subordinated position of racial minorities."[6]

However, by this definition there is no such thing as "reverse racism," as even if a minority held racially-prejudiced beliefs about the racial hegemons, they would be unable to disadvantage them outside of the small scope of their personal life, specifically because they lack the power to oppress in a more covert manner.

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[edit] Footnotes

  1. [1]
  2. Reverse racism tag at Blogspot. Note the majority are anti-Obama.
  3. The best example is a post on Stormfront, but RationalWiki is really hesitant to link to them at all.
  4. Winnipeg Sun, "Reverse racism continues"
  5. Men's Rights Blogs.
  6. Wellman, David T. (1993). Portraits of White Racism. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press. pp. x.
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