I put the following up for discussion:
1)The face of racism now is as likely to be black as white.
2)I would also put forward that a racist may not be practicing ‘malice of forethought’; (as was common historically) that a well intentioned, well meaning person (of any race) may, consciously or sub-consciously, practice racism.
That there are those who profit from racism, and have a vested interest in not only not seeing an ‘end’ to racism, (as a practical matter, as it is impossible to fully ‘end’ racism) but have in interest in promoting it.
“Institutional racism” does not exist as a practical matter, and to the extent a it can be found (in rare, and subjective circumstances), those examples are used as examples to impute racism where it doesn’t exist, or can’t be known.
That the popular media is largely racist; that every time an African American behaves in an inherently racist manner, and the media gives a free pass, it is a form of racism. (and ironically, the closest form of “institional racism” we have)In effect, holding a race to a lower standard of behavior or performance, without a compelling reason to do so, is both paternalistic and racist. (and should be universally objectionable to people of every race)
That those who seek to perpetuate the myth that racism, and racists, can be found in every nook and cranny of American society have been so effective that a whole generation of people—white and black—have been convinced that racism is a pervasive force in the work place, schools, popular culture, inter-racial relationships of every sort, the criminal justice system and more.
Among AAs, this has bread a whole class of hapless victims; largely unaware of specific acts of racism they’ve experienced, but convinced nonetheless that it’s out there. In the most pernicious aspects of this campaign, AAs are taught that virtually any behavior (or non-behavior!) gets a free pass because the real reason for their reprenhesible behavior is racism.
Among the White Feeling Class (and it would appear that feeling requires one to not think) it has spawned all kinds of feel good lapel pins, buttons, bumperstickers and candlelight vigils. (which are almost always completely pointless)
Toward that end, It is my view that many of those well intentioned posters in the “Are White People in Denial” are the rankest form of racist.