You cant be Racist Towards White People
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What of a rich black kenyan politician? He has power and Privillage in his society, see? It becomes ine big clusterf*** even if we ignore the dictionary definition which nowhewre mentions power+privillage.
First off, from what I've deciphered, you're saying the racism is having power and privilege over people. While that is indeed part of it, it's much more complicated.
I want to establish that while prejudice and racism are similar, they have different connotations. It is true that white people can experience prejudice, offensive opinion not based on reason. Anyone can. However, racism is much more complicated: It is a concept that operates on both an individual and institutional level.
Racism is an institution where a particular race is dominant, and uses this dominance to oppress the other races in order to benefit. Instances of this are slavery: White people had oppressed Blacks in order to gain profit off of Black people's labor. Then later there was segregation, which was less direct but still oppressed blacks.
Today, the oppression that racism creates is more on an economic and educational level. Job discrimination makes it difficult for Blacks to earn more money, which makes it more difficult for their children to get a better education, and therefore get a good job when their children are older. You can clearly see a cycle, and this is only one instance that the system of racism creates. White people do not experience any of this, and in fact benefit off of this. If African Americans and other minorities are refused from jobs due to their skin color, then white people have a higher chance of obtaining a job. Usually without even knowing it.
White people do not experience police brutality at the same level black people do. More than 100 unarmed black people were killed by police in 2014. (http://mappingpoliceviolence.org...) They also don't experience incarceration at the level either. While people of color make up about 30 percent of the United States' population, they account for 60 percent of those imprisoned. They're targeted by society and poverty because of racism on a structural level. (https://www.americanprogress.org...)
So while blacks can be prejudice against whites and say bad things to offend them, they're not being racist because they don't have the institutionalized power to protect them and their statements. Furthermore, if black people make negative statements or act negatively towards white people, it doesn't affect the power, rights, and opportunities that white people have. On the other hand, if white people act negatively towards black people, the power, rights, and opportunities of black people are restricted.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org...) Even here in Ireland its believed up to 100,000 Irish were sold into slavery in the carribean but some say 50,000. (http://www.irishexaminer.com...)
The Arabic slave trade was one of the worst in history, over 10-18 million Africans from the Somalia and surrounding areas sold in saudi arabia. They would castrate the males to prevent them from breeding. (http://www.arabslavetrade.com...) Slavery was never about race and the imperial european powers bought the slaves if Africa from other Nigerian tribes who had captured them. Slavery has always been round and is not based on race, the Arabic slave trade ended a mere 100 years ago
As for job disadvantages in (I presume the US) Blacks are far more likely to live in poverty, white people in poverty also have a hard time finding a job. This doesn't mean a white person is going to get a job above a black individual it means a middle class person is more likely to find employment than a poor person. Also keep in mind that while black people make up 13% of the US population they commit 50% of the nations homicides, and 93% of black murder victims are killed by a fellow black person. Again this is the fault of poverty. (https://en.m.wikipedia.org...)
Rhenium forfeited this round.
Also blacks are only a third of police brutality victims while commiting 40% of violent assaults. This in no way entails racism, it entails justice.
White people do not have structural power over blacks, some of the wealthiest men in america are black (Dr,Dre worth 500 million dollars etc) You cannot blame your lack of ambition and intuition in an entire race. Some people get luvky in life, some people are unlucky and others work their asses off and get rich, some work their asses off and manage to lift themselves even the slightest out of poverty. I have bothing to argue against since you forfited so im stuck with what to say
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Vote Placed by kkjnay 8 months ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Con proved an instance of institutional racism against "white" people. Pro forfeit. This is really an argument that you could just reference the actual definition of 'Racism' and win.
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