Using the words “reverse racism” diminishes the real and actual racism that people of color experience, because when a white person is allegedly discriminated upon, whoever the oppressor may be, they will mostly likely not have the power to actively act against them to oppress their rights and liberty in all parts of their life, simply because they are part of the minority group and have the power of a fragile seed compared to that of the dominant culture. Some of you may be thinking, “but the situations mentioned may not be representative of the overall existence of discrimination in
According to X, “The ballot or the bullet”... “Now in speaking like this, it doesn't mean that we're anti-white, but it does mean we're anti-exploitation,we're anti-degradation, we're anti-oppression. And if the white man doesn't want us to be anti-him, let him stop oppressing and exploiting and degrading us”(Malcolm #2). The essence of Malcolm’s argument is that he is not anti white, he is anti whites oppressing and disenfranchising African Americans and if the white person wants to not be hated, then he should stop hating himself. In a letter written in Mecca, Malcolm X says,“on this pilgrimage, what I have seen,and experienced, has forced me to re-arrange much of my thought-patterns previously held, and to toss aside some of my previous conclusions” (Malcolm X). After he went to Mecca his philosophy about the use of violence change after encountering a wide variety of different races who are all Muslim from the places he visited.
The racism that was so normalized among Conrad and his peers has since placed his novel under attack by Chinua Achebe, who claimed that “Art is not intended to put people down. If so, the art would ultimately discredit itself” and that if it pulled out and dehumanized such a large portion of the human race, it could truly not be considered a work of art (Phillips). Yet, the racism embedded in the novel played a much larger part than merely being racism. Both Conrad and Marlow are clearly racist, but Conrad knows that the superiority held by the Europeans was wrong, and he uses Marlow to view that and to show that there is a possibility for it to change. He knows that although he could see no alternative, it was possible just as he saw with Imperialism.
Rodriquez, for example, argues that white people use colorblind ideology to justify their presence in the hip-hop community by removing the racial messages found in lyrics and replacing them with colorblind ones (p.1). Not only does this argument assume that all white people cannot and do not understanding the racial messages found within the lyrics, it also does not use the correct definition of cultural appropriation. As stated above, cultural appropriation implies that a dominant culture is taking an aspect of a subordinate culture and incorporating it into their own. Given this definition, white people simply listening to and enjoying hip-hop music cannot be considered cultural appropriation. In fact, according to Androutsopoulos and Scholz (2003), the appropriation of hip-hop begins not when fans listen to the music, but start to reproduce it for themselves
Cultural relativist theory is not a strong enough theory to protect human rights. That is because it maintains that human values are not universal, and vary a great deal according to different cultural perspectives. Thus, it ignores, and indeed approves of, human rights violations because it has replaced dominant concepts like race, culture, religion, class, and ethnicity or nationality. Activists of human rights must work together to change and stop such harmful and discriminatory practices in many cultures against human rights by promoting their universal nature. In the second part, I argued that Islam (the Qur’an and Sunnah) is not oppressive to women.
Call me “racially insensitive,” but personally, I am neither offended nor strongly opinionated for supporters or anti-supporters, but I do have tenacity on the subject of removal. Common research indicates that a large amount of people are in favor of removing Indian mascots. The publisher from Blue Corn Comics makes the comment on a considerably “ignorant” quote from Russin: “In other words, many white people are incapable of rational thought on the mascot issue. Scary.” Perhaps he is right. Team mascots who are in reference to Native Americans are sought for entertainment purposes.
Although there should be policies in place to ensure equal opportunity for all students, regardless of race, affirmative action gives an unfair advantage to students of color, and does not solve the institutional disadvantages that minorities have. Affirmative action is a messy, brute force method of trying to close the enrollment gap. Although on paper it may seem like a good idea to require colleges to admit a certain number of students of color, it actually gives an unfair advantage to minorities. A white student and a student of color with identical grades, test scores, and resumes do not have an equal chance of getting into the same college because one student belongs to a minority. Affirmative action causes the same problem it attempts to solve in reverse.
In “Black Spiderman,” Logic explains the causes of these stereotypes when he says “[e]verybody from my hood, everybody know I’m good/ Sometimes I’m just misunderstood/ but that’s just the uneducated that never related” (Logic). The cause of the issues of being judged by the public is due to the misconception of a few people; people must get to know each other and understand one another’s character before creating any judgments and contributing to stereotypes. People who create such harsh judgments have never tried to relate to other people and to see the world in a new perspective. Logic states that people who do know him understand the good side of him and the ones who have never tried to make amends with Logic often created poor understandings. Then, Logic provides the effect of these horrible actions; these effects mainly include the victim realizing there is no hope or one to provide moral support.
To people who are not white, it is pervasive and blatant. People see whiteness because they experience its effects. A useful comparison can be drawn between the unrecognised privileges of males, and those of white people (McIntosh, 1988). It is not unusual for men to acknowledge that women are disadvantaged. With that said, McIntosh (1988) argues that white privilege is in the same manner without recognition and thus preserved.
The inability to recognize white privilege helps to creates perception and ideals that racism in our society is a thing of the past. When racism and the cost of racism is recognized, Dr. Tatum explains one of her white students’ honest response was he a recognize how racism provided advantages for him, however, “he would not do anything to try to change the situation” (1571). What reason would individuals have to change injustice and inequality when it benefits them the most. This explains the reason why some in white society are reluctance to admit or seeing racism and white privilege, it is much easier to define the other groups as lazy and not taking advantage of the opportunity that are available to